It has surpassed both the total take of the first “Pitch Perfect” film ($115.4 million) and the previous record-holder “School of Rock” ($131.3 million), according to Box Office Mojo. The film, which was released May 15, looks to go substantially higher over the Memorial Day weekend, when it is contending with Disney’s “Tomorrowland” for top-grossing film of the weekend. The film, about an all-female a capella college singing group called The Barden Belles, stars Anna Kendrick, who also starred in two previous musical films in the last six months (“Into the Woods” and “The Last Five Years”).
With a score of pop hits, the film is directed by Elizabeth Banks, with a script by Kay Cannon, based on characters in Mickey Rapkin's book, “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.”
It still has a way to go before it surpasses the U.S. grosses of “The Lion King” ($423 million) and “Frozen” ($401 million). The top-grossing non-animated musical was “Chicago” ($171 million). All figures are substantially higher when overseas grosses are added.