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Pitch Perfect 2 Takes Mad Max: Fury Road For A Ride — What?

Mad Pitch
Mad Pitch

Who would have thought 10 adorable, harmonizing chicks could thrash Mad Max at the box office in their first weekend out of the gate? That would be: Not many.

But, go figure. The second of the Pitch Perfect films, directed by the current Belle of Hollywood Elizabeth Banks, roared to a $69.2 million take at the box office, leaving Mad Max: Fury Road in the dust with a weekend haul of $45.4 million, using figures from Rentrak. Both films dropped Avengers: Age of Ultron into third place with a weekend take of $38.8 million.

The three big winners dwarfed the fourth and fifth place films, Hot Pursuit — staring Reese With-erspoon and Sofía Vergara — which took in a tepid $5.7 million and Furious 7, which slipped to $3.6 million.

That probably doesn’t worry Universal Studios, who watched Furious 7 rake in $800 million world-wide in its first two weeks of release.

Falling Flat?
‘Max’ Falling Flat With Audiences?

Internationally, Pitch Perfect 2 did well, notching box off ice sales of $97.2 million, second to Mad Max: Fury Road, which took in $109.4 million worldwide over the weekend.

But the big news among movie buffs is the sudden ascension of Elizabeth Banks as a director of note, especially as a comedy director, who happens to be of the female variety.

Banks, a long-time veteran of modest-budget comedies, has appeared 50 feature films as of this writing, but Pitch Perfect 2 is her directorial debut. Needless to say, making it to the top of the domestic charts in her first weekend out puts her in rare enough company as a rookie director, let alone a female directing a comedy.

How many other big-time female directors of comedy can you name? Besides Penny Marshall and Nora Ephoron, they are few and far between, although the list includes a few one-shot wonders.

OK, girls: On my count: Here’s a trailer for your listening and viewing pleasure:

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