Grosses

'San Andreas' Opens to Strong $18.2 Million on Friday; 'Aloha' Is A Bust at $3.6 MillionMay 30, 2015 03:20 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Warner Bros. reports San Andreas bowed to an impressive $18.215 million on Friday, including Thursday's pre-shows. That figure easily makes it Dwayne Johnson's career best opening day for a film in which he's the primary lead actor, while blowing past the $11.06 million first day of his Hercules last summer. For added perspective in the disaster genre, San Andreas earned more in its first day than Into the Storm pulled ($17.35 million) over its three-day weekend last August. Johnson's star power is certainly to thank here following his popular presence in the Fast & Furious franchise, as well as G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island -- all franchises for which he's credited for helping revive at some point. Word of mouth for San Andreas doesn't look strong with a 63 percent audience score and 49 percent critics' score, but either way, the film is poised to become a financial success with this kind of debut. In its favor, the studio reports the pic earned an "A-" CinemaScore. BoxOffice is projecting a $49 million opening weekend.

In second place Friday, Pitch Perfect 2 was off 52.5 percent from last Friday to add $4.6 million to its haul. The comedy sequel continues to play well as we head into June, having now reached $137.3 million domestically. Universal is projecting a $14.2 million weekend.

Mad Max: Fury Road posted another $3.865 million yesterday, down just 42 percent from last Friday. George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise revival has amassed $106.16 million in North America thus far, and should bring in around $12.7 million for its third frame as it continues to benefit from enthusiastic audience and critical reception.

Disney's Tomorrowland claimed fourth place on Friday with $3.78 million, down 61 percent from opening day last week. Unfortunately, the original sci-fi adventure from Brad Bird hasn't caught fire with audiences as it now stands at $53.2 million domestically after eight days in release. BoxOffice projects a $12.3 million sophomore frame.

Cameron Crowe's Aloha opened unceremoniously on Friday despite its star-studded cast. The rom-com pulled $3.6 million in fifth place yesterday. Sony notes the pic received a "B+" CinemaScore from adults 25-54, but critics have mostly panned the film (18 percent) while early audience reception is heading in a sour direction (44 percent). Although the film's production budget was a modest $37 million, its projected $10.5 million opening this weekend unfortunately won't be enough to save it in the long run.

Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron added $2.86 million yesterday for a 46.5 percent week-to-week drop. The Marvel blockbuster sequel has totaled $419 million domestically now, and could finish ahead of Aloha for the weekend with a projected $10.7 million.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 24 - Sun, Mar. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Man$28,955,683--2,818--$10,275$28,955,6831Universal
2V for Vendetta$12,339,108-52%3,3650$3,667$46,208,0672Warner Bros.
3Stay Alive$10,726,597--2,009--$5,339$10,726,5971Disney
4Failure to Launch$10,463,212-33%3,20285$3,268$63,541,1023Paramount
5The Shaggy Dog (2006)$9,035,388-32%3,421-80$2,641$47,823,2453Disney
6She's the Man$7,297,306-32%2,6318$2,774$20,346,9502Paramount / DreamWorks
7Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector$6,922,902--1,710--$4,048$6,922,9021Lionsgate
8The Hills Have Eyes (2006)$4,385,709-45%2,461-160$1,782$35,717,2613Fox Searchlight
9Eight Below$2,717,206-33%2,101-502$1,293$77,140,0736Disney
1016 Blocks$2,160,504-55%2,066-600$1,046$34,005,7004Warner Bros.