Box office: 'Pitch Perfect 2' races past 'Mad Max: Fury Road' for massive $64M debut

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Females, and especially the younger set, are proving their might once again at the box office.

Elizabeth Bank's Pitch Perfect 2 is easily beating George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road at the North American box office, grossing a stunning $28 million Friday from 3,473 theaters for a whopping $64.3 million weekend, or that's the projection anyway.

That doesn't mean Fury Road is a slouch, although it cost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow a pricey $150 million-plus to produce. The sequel, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, grossed roughly $16 million Friday from 3,702 locations for a $41 million-$43 million weekend (official Friday numbers weren't immediately available).

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Box office: 'Pitch Perfect 2' races past 'Mad Max: Fury Road' for massive $64M debut
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Actresses Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and actress/producer Elizabeth Banks attend the 'Pitch Perfect' Los Angeles premiere after party held at Lush on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Skylar Astin arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Director Jason Moore, producer Paul Brooks, actress/producer Elizabeth Banks, producer Max Handelman, and executive producer Scott Niemeyer arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor John Michael Higgins arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Tricia Helfer arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Hana Mae Lee arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Rebel Wilson (C) arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Adam DeVine arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Brittany Snow attends the 'Pitch Perfect' - Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress/producer Elizabeth Banks (L) and actress Rebel Wilson arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Bella Thorne arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Anna Camp arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Caroline Sunshine arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Kelli Goss arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Shelley Regner arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Caroline Sunshine arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Ester Dean arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Elizabeth Banks attends the 'Pitch Perfect' - Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Writer Kay Cannon (L) and director Jason Moore arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Ben Platt arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Producer Paul Brooks, Universal Pictures Co-chairman Donna Langley, and actress Rebel Wilson arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Tyler Posey arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Rebel Wilson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Jillian Rose Reed arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' held at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Skylar Astin arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures And Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Kether Donahue arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Kathryn Newton arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Savannah Jayde arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actors Rebel Wilson (L) and Anna Camp pose at the after party for Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at Lure on September 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Alexis Knapp attends the 'Pitch Perfect' - Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
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Universal spent a modest $29 million to make Pitch Perfect 2, a sequel to the a sleeper hit that grossed $115 million at the worldwide box office in fall 2012. Appealing heavily to younger femmes, the follow up marks the feature directorial debut of Banks and stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld (Steinfeld is a new addition).

Pitch Perfect 2 earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences, as well as good reviews from many critics.

Fury Road is an all-out hit among reviewers, sporting a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while audiences gave it a B+.

Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested both films would open in the $40 million range.

Both Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 ould be a sizeable player overseas, where it opened to a rousing $2.3 million in France Thursday, timed to its screening at the Cannes Film Festival. In Paris, it scored the biggest opening day of the year so far. It also did big business in Australia (Miller's home country) and New Zealand.

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