Awesome: Pitch Perfect
- Pretty much any song in the movie, but especially the finals for both the Treble Makers and the Bellas.
- The Bellas make a "sloping" formation, and Stacie, the tallest girl forming the lowest end, does a perfect split.
- The entire Riff-Off is amazing, but the capper is Beca getting everyone except the Treble Makers including all the onlookers, to sing along to Blackstreet's "No Diggity".
- Both awesome and funny? Lilly not singing at all, but cocking and shooting a "air" shotgun at the Treble Makers. (Especially when you take into account the truly disturbing things she mumbles.)
- Gail calling out her fellow announcer John for being a misogynist at the end of the movie.
- During the Bellas' Regionals Performance, Aubrey gets to the part of her solo where she threw up on the judges the year before. She manages to hold it in, sings her part, and as she walks back to rejoin the Bellas, giving a little triumphant look back at the audience.
- After Bumper bails on the Treblemakers, they're left without an inkling of what, exactly, to do. Jesse, the new guy, immediately takes charge, forcing them to accept Benji into the group, and ends up leading the team to the Finals with a very good performance.
- Beca also ends up leading the Bellas on her end. Due to her, they win Nationals, and God damn if it ain't an awesome musical piece that she composes.
- Stacie gets one during the Riff-Off for holding her own against the Treblemakers by herself, with only minor backing from Fat Amy and Cynthia-Rose.
- Any time Donald of the Treblemakers starts rapping.
Pitch Perfect 2
- Das Sound Machine doing an epic rendition of Muse's "Uprising" at the car show.
- The riff-off scene, which is basically the first movie's riff-off amped Up to Eleven.
- The Bella's final performance, but special mention must go to the Bellas being joined by a whole host of legacy Bellas, including Aubrey and Emily's mother.
- Real-life example: The film opening to a whopping $70 million dollars in its first week is epic for so many reasons (and broken records):
- The film made more money in its first week than its predecessor did in its entire run ($65 million). Only one other movie has ever accomplished this rare feat: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which opened to $55 million versus the $54 million lifetime gross of the first film. In fact, Pitch Perfect 2 is even further ahead of its predecessor than Powers is.
- Elizabeth Banks nearly made history, as the film just missed becoming the highest-opening directorial debut of all time, only losing out by a few thousand dollars to Robert Stromberg's Maleficent.
- Banks also has the second highest opening for a female director of all time, beaten out only by the $85 million opening of Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey. However, Pitch Perfect 2 is looking to be far less frontloaded and is expected to soar past Grey's $166 million final total. In fact, if it holds up, Banks' film could become the highest grossing female-directed movie of all time, ahead of the $220 million Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel directed by Betty Thomas.
- This is notable as a rare film directed by someone primarily known as an actor. While it's not expected to soar to the same heights as Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" or Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper", it did break a record as a self-directed movie. The film shattered the $54 million opening weekend record of Seth Mac Farlane's Ted and should also make a play to break its $219 million lifetime gross record.
- It's also a new high for music-based films. Not only is it the biggest ever opening for a live-action musical (past High School Musical 3's $42 million), but also the biggest opening for a film about music in general (past 8 Mile's $51 million) and the biggest opening for any musical, live-action or animated (ahead of Frozen's $67 million — yes, it beat out what is considered the biggest cultural phenomenon of a movie this decade). Plus, it appears as if it will take down the all-time record for highest grossing live-action musical; one that has stood for nearly thirty-seven years: the $189 million take of Grease.
- How does it compare to other comedies? Only the third biggest ever (behind the third Austin Powers and second ''Hangover.")
- Now, let's talk about the significance of female-targeted films. How many films have opened as big as Pitch Perfect 2 with minimal support from male audiences (therefore, films like The Hunger Games and Divergent don't count): Only four out of the five Twilight films and Fifty Shades of Grey. The only other true chick-flick breakout this decade? The Fault in Our Stars.
- New career high grosses are likely to be set for actors such as Hailee Steinfeld (past True Grit) and Rebel Wilson (Night at the Museum 3). And when Anna Kendrick's minor role in the Twilight movies is taken out of the equation, she'll be ahead of her current record (Into The Woods) by nearly $100 million.
- Let's not forget about how it knocked Avengers: Age of Ultron out of the top spot. With ease. Even if Avengers didn't get its opening weekend and legs dampened by not-so-great word-of-mouth and the Mayweather/Pacquiao match, amongst other things, $70 million probably still would've been an easy #1 for Pitch Perfect.
- Last but not least, the above facts only cover its performance in North America. While this looks to be a rare movie whose domestic gross beats out its international earnings, we can't count out any further historic achievements.