'Pitch Perfect' nabs $4.6 million Thursday night, ahead of 'Mad Max'

Thursday night box office: 'Pitch Perfect' nabs $4.6 million, ahead of 'Mad Max'

"Pitch Perfect 2" kicked off to a solid start at the box office Thursday night with a domestic gross of $4.6 million from pre-shows, according to studio estimates. 

The musical-comedy sequel to the 2012 surprise hit "Pitch Perfect" started its run in 2,652 theaters at 7 p.m. The Elizabeth Banks-directed film is going up against "Mad Max: Fury Road" in its debut. "Mad Max," directed by George Miller, scored $3.7 million in its Thursday late-night opening. 

Both the lighthearted a cappella frolic and the R-rated post-apocalyptic wasteland adventure are expected to gross around $40 million from their first weekend in the U.S. and Canada, possibly ending the box office reign of "Avengers: Age of Ultron." 

"Pitch Perfect 2," from Universal Pictures, stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, while "Mad Max," from Warner Bros., features Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. 

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