George Clooney's Tomorrowland flops as film studios in US face worst Memorial Day weekend since 2001
Bard Bird's big-budget sci-fi fantasy Tomorrowland has flopped at the US box office on its opening weekend.
The Disney film, starring George Clooney and based on a themed area in Disneyland, cost a whopping $180m to make but recouped just $40.7m.
On the same weekend last year X-Men Days of Future Past bagged $110.6m and the year before that Fast & Furious 6 grossed $97.4m.
Memorial Day weekend is the start of US blockbuster season but Tomorrowland was the biggest performer with Pitch Perfect 2 charting even more dismal takings at an estimated $37.9m and the Poltergeist remake bagging $23m.
It's the worst box office performance on Memorial Day weekend in 14 years and oeverall cinema takings are down 19 per cent on 2014.
Tomorrowland was an ambitious project but the film has ultimately garnered largely lukewarm reviews.