Due to positive word of mouth, Pitch Perfect released in select theaters early this past weekend. To help promote the film, the cast recently shot a performance cover of “Starships” by Nicki Minaj with vocal assistance by Mike Tompkins, a singer songwriter who does some pretty impressive a capella work. Not only did the cast sing along, but they got their fans involved. The collaboration works out really well in this neat little music video you can find after the jump.
Cashing in on its early release, Pitch Perfect was able to scrounge up a little more than $5 million this past weekend at the box office in just 335 theaters. I’m assuming that if you multiply that number by at least eight or nine, you’ll get a pretty good picture as to how well this film will do when it sees a wide release this coming weekend on October 5.
I didn’t realize this until now, but Pitch Perfect is only rated PG-13. With that said, this film is a really hard PG-13. There is a lot of raunchy jokes and never lets up on the crude humor. I guess that goes to show you how adult you can make a film without having your characters use the “F” word constantly in their regular vocabulary.
Check out Mike Tompkins drop some mouth beats with Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Skylar Astin, and Alexis Knapp as they perform a cover of “Starships” originally sung by Nicki Minaj.
Performance wise, in the film, these ladies do very well. Skylar Astin is probably one of the strongest singers of the group, but Anna Kendrick can hold down as a leading lady. I’m not totally surprised that Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine weren’t a part of this, but maybe they was too busy?
What potentially hurts this film’s chance at gaining any money is that most of these actors are no-names to the general public. Kendrick has a small role in Twilight, Rebel Wilson was recently in Bridesmaids for just a second, DeVine is in Workaholics, and the rest of the cast is fairly unknown. The fact that Pitch Perfect is rated PG-13 will significantly help so that a younger audience can see this film. And although the cast is low on the celebrity ladder, their chemistry together on-screen makes them stand out in big ways. (Click on the images to enlarge.)
Pitch Perfect is in select theaters now and will expand to a full wide release this weekend on October 5.