Grosses

'San Andreas' Demolishes Expectations with $54.6M Debut; 'Aloha' Arrives with Weak $9.7M Sixth Place StartJune 01, 2015 12:40 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's San Andreas demolished expectations in a big way this weekend with a first place start of $54.59 million. The Dwayne Johnson led disaster film proved to be critic proof this weekend and no doubt received an added boost from Johnson's growing fanbase after the recent break-out success of Furious 7. The opening weekend performance of San Andreas was especially impressive when considering the relatively low levels of online buzz the film displayed in the weeks leading up to its release. In addition to outpacing expectations in a big way, San Andreas opened 83 percent stronger than the $29.80 million start of last year's Hercules and just 18 percent below the $66.41 million opening of 2013's World War Z.

San Andreas opened with $18.15 million on Friday (which included an estimated $3.1 million from Thursday evening shows), increased a surprisingly strong 13 percent on Saturday to take in $20.51 million and declined just 22 percent on Sunday to gross $15.93 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.01 to 1. That is a very encouraging early sign going forward, as is the film's A- rating on CinemaScore (which suggests that the film is going over much better with moviegoers than with critics). However, competition will be especially fierce throughout the month of June, especially from Universal's Jurassic World.

The audience breakdown for San Andreas was nearly evenly split between genders (51 percent female, 49 percent male) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (70 percent).

Pitch Perfect 2 placed in a distant second this weekend with $14.82 million. Universal's successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down a sharp 52 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. While Pitch Perfect 2 continues to be quite front-loaded, the film is still outpacing expectations in a big way with a 17-day take of $147.52 million. That places the film 30 percent ahead of the $113.70 million 17-day take of last year's Neighbors. Pitch Perfect 2 could experience another sizable decline next weekend with both Fox's Spy and Focus's Insidious: Chapter 3 entering the marketplace.

On the heels of last weekend's already lackluster start, Disney's Tomorrowland was down two spots and a troubling 57 percent this weekend to place in third with $14.30 million. Mixed word of mouth and the break-out performance of San Andreas both clearly took a toll on Tomorrowland this weekend. The pricy Brad Bird directed sci-fi film starring George Clooney has grossed $63.69 million in ten days of release. Tomorrowland is currently running 13 percent behind the $73.10 million ten-day start of 2011's Super 8 and will need to stabilize very soon if it is to eventually reach the $100 million domestic mark.

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road followed closely behind in fourth with $14.18 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 42 percent, which represented a solid hold given the added presence of San Andreas this weekend. Mad Max: Fury Road continues to perform on the high end of expectations with a 17-day take of $116.47 million. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $108.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's Prometheus.

Avengers: Age of Ultron rounded out the weekend's top five with $11.40 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel fell 47 percent from last weekend. Avengers: Age of Ultron has grossed $427.55 million through 31 days of release. The film surpassed the $424.67 million final gross of 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this weekend to move into tenth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic chart.

Meanwhile, Sony's Aloha was off to a very soft start this weekend with a sixth place take of just $9.67 million. The Cameron Crowe directed film starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams opened below its already scaled back expectations. Unlike San Andreas, which was able to use Johnson's recent success with Furious 7 to its advantage, Aloha was unable to see any type of boost from Cooper's recent success with American Sniper. The one saving grace for Aloha is that the film carried a modest reported production budget of $37 million. Aloha opened 14 percent below the $11.24 million three-day start of 2009's All About Steve.

Aloha started out with $3.49 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.50 million from Thursday evening shows), increased 6 percent on Saturday to take in $3.69 million and declined 32.5 percent on Sunday to gross $2.49 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 to 1. While a number of Crowe's previous efforts have been able to display very strong holding power, Aloha will have an uphill battle ahead of it given a soft B- rating on CinemaScore, poor critical reviews and the amount of competition it will face throughout June. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (64 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 30 (57 percent).

Fox's Poltergeist placed in seventh this weekend with $8.06 million. The PG-13 horror remake was down a very sharp 64 percent from last weekend. Poltergeist has grossed $38.53 million in ten days. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 7 percent behind the $41.53 million ten-day take of 2013's Evil Dead.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 6 - Sun, May. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$65,723,338--3,955--$16,618$65,723,3381Paramount
2Fast Five$32,445,320-62%3,66218$8,860$139,779,2852Universal
3Jumping the Broom$15,215,487--2,035--$7,477$15,215,4871Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$13,945,368--2,904--$4,802$13,945,3681Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$8,504,001-42%3,258-450$2,610$115,206,0694Fox
6Water for Elephants$6,069,603-35%2,614-206$2,322$42,083,2203Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,178,886-58%1,881-407$2,222$47,085,2183Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$2,307,161-31%1,781-229$1,295$36,886,2825Sony / TriStar
9Prom$2,214,585-53%2,7300$811$7,590,0302Disney
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,042,603-50%2,5050$815$6,876,2172Weinstein Company
11Insidious$1,338,860-50%1,001-583$1,338$50,319,1156FilmDistrict
12African Cats$1,066,163-56%1,035-189$1,030$12,895,8843Disneynature
13Scream 4$701,100-68%1,333-888$526$36,920,1904Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$1,244,774-50%930-715$1,338$50,944,9226Summit
2Hanna$836,209-63%748-821$1,118$37,634,3075Focus
3There Be Dragons$705,537--259--$2,724$705,5371IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4The Conspirator$618,301-44%457-240$1,353$9,792,9544Roadside Attractions
5Win Win$528,842-21%268-34$1,973$8,351,3738Fox Searchlight
6HOP$496,075-82%902-2274$550$106,358,2606Universal
7Limitless$486,658-56%379-459$1,284$77,006,4178Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$465,416-41%440-279$1,058$55,547,6248Lionsgate
9Rango$434,35472%2770$1,568$120,426,21310Paramount
10Jane Eyre (2011)$427,333-17%248-46$1,723$9,433,9449Focus
11The Adjustment Bureau$281,410-39%215-62$1,309$62,057,09010Universal
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$220,441-42%339-164$650$51,289,7967Fox
13Arthur (2011)$218,460-78%355-896$615$32,245,3845Warner Bros.
14Gnomeo and Juliet$215,287-27%250-43$861$99,046,50713Disney
15Paul$201,960-32%204-20$990$37,214,3858Universal
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$197,511-58%228-143$866$4,340,8554Rocky Mountain
17Battle: Los Angeles$188,380162%229127$823$83,004,3899Sony / Columbia
18Your Highness$179,575-71%164-238$1,095$21,422,3455Universal
19Sucker Punch$99,32777%210136$473$36,188,5177Warner Bros.
20Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$95,368-87%464-411$206$1,106,8682Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
21Just Go With It$87,358-32%133-66$657$102,941,38013Sony / Columbia
22Red Riding Hood$82,730-38%156-53$530$37,522,7489Warner Bros.
23I Am Number Four$76,426-45%146-33$523$54,720,09412Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cave of Forgotten Dreams$402,948190%5045$8,059$627,4492IFC Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$289,585-3%59-10$4,908$4,252,3015Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Am (2011)$187,56346%6620$2,842$941,88812Paladin
4Potiche$110,140-8%721$1,530$1,200,1967Music Box Films
5The Beaver$107,577--22--$4,890$107,5771Summit
6Hubble 3D$87,921-20%34-2$2,586$24,977,57860Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Of Gods and Men$86,949-18%84-10$1,035$3,556,88011Sony Pictures Classics
8The Double Hour$80,39040%1710$4,729$246,4804IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9In a Better World$73,9754%487$1,541$512,4466Sony Pictures Classics
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,730-28%110$5,885$2,619,345523D Entertainment
11Incendies$62,456-3%111$5,678$222,9103Sony Pictures Classics
12The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$61,559-31%4610$1,338$335,2753Sony Pictures Classics
13Meek's Cutoff$61,33777%198$3,228$217,1355Oscilloscope
14Bill Cunningham New York$59,043-10%27-7$2,187$895,1258Zeitgeist Films
15The King's Speech$57,768-51%90-95$642$138,647,69524Weinstein Company
1613 Assassins$48,3665%106$4,837$120,1882Magnolia / Magnet
17Beastly$41,284-54%76-50$543$27,812,32810CBS Films
18Certified Copy$37,771-21%36-8$1,049$1,213,2059IFC Films
19Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$36,472-39%57-52$640$73,000,94213Paramount
20Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$34,845-39%52-17$670$37,860,85112Fox
21Winter in Wartime$33,914-9%227$1,542$320,8848Sony Pictures Classics
22The Princess of Montpensier$32,204-11%212$1,534$177,1284IFC Films
23Hall Pass$31,561-48%67-49$471$45,045,03711Warner Bros. / New Line
24Queen to Play$30,350138%137$2,335$167,0986Zeitgeist Films
25Last Night (2010)$29,505--10--$2,951$29,5051Miramax / Tribeca
26Under the Sea 3D$26,384-11%191$1,389$28,320,117117Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Kill the Irishman$26,262-35%23-7$1,142$1,108,8049Anchor Bay Films
28Dum Maaro Dum$25,220-73%33-60$764$534,5743Fox Searchlight
29Battle of the Brides$23,612--5--$4,722$23,6121Variance Films
30Cedar Rapids$20,96150%22-4$953$6,827,58113Fox Searchlight
31Chalo Dilli$20,107-47%310$649$68,6642Eros International
32Unknown (2011)$19,672-56%49-52$401$63,677,73512Warner Bros.
33Exporting Raymond$18,840-47%9-4$2,093$67,5532IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
34Mars Needs Moms$16,436-26%37-15$444$20,909,5879Disney
35Super$16,219-55%30-8$541$300,8406IFC Films
36No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$14,394-59%21-24$685$1,300,5135Lionsgate / Pantelion
37Hobo with a Shotgun$12,046--2--$6,023$12,0461Magnolia / Magnet
38The Company Men$10,56239%3520$302$4,428,04316Weinstein Company
39Poetry$10,141214%82$1,268$307,91013Kino International
40The Robber$9,828-11%61$1,638$32,9892Kino International
41Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$9,543-41%6-4$1,591$558,34212Vitagraph
42The Salvation Poem$8,94457%5-3$1,789$859,85630CanZion Films
43Henry's Crime$8,409-51%5-3$1,682$86,5735Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Lebanon, PA$8,34925%42$2,087$16,6562Truly Indie
45My Perestroika$8,279--7--$1,183$141,5607International Film Circuit
46Deep Sea 3D$7,054-3%20$3,527$44,227,749271Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Octubre$7,054--2--$3,527$7,0541New Yorker Films
48Biutiful$6,708-16%16-6$419$5,071,44519Roadside Attractions
49Rubber$6,005-46%153$400$75,3696Magnolia / Magnet
50Harvest$5,870--1--$5,870$15,5781Monterey Media
51Tangled$5,343-68%17-31$314$199,706,31424Disney
52I'm Not Jesus Mommy$5,280--3--$1,760$5,2801FilmDemic
53Barney's Version$4,731-34%16-5$296$7,465,29517Sony Pictures Classics
54Circo$4,68024%30$1,560$43,6376First Run Features
55Nostalgia for the Light$4,369--2--$2,185$91,3228Icarus Films
56American: The Bill Hicks Story$4,063-60%4-3$1,016$75,6215Variance Films
57The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,58325%31$1,194$862,25140National Geographic
58Miral$3,472-40%5-5$694$366,7577Weinstein Company
59The Arbor$3,15920%10$3,159$9,9732Strand Releasing
60Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$3,127--1--$3,127$10,16910Tostie Productions
61Vito Bonafacci$3,027--1--$3,027$3,0271CAVU Pictures
62Galapagos$2,706--1--$2,706$17,969,184602IMAX
63Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$2,588-75%4-5$647$32,9783Variance Films
64Blank City$2,307-26%21$1,154$69,8765Insurgent Releasing
65Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,185-83%4-1$546$143,88934Collective Eye
66Caterpillar$2,109--1--$2,109$2,1091Lorber Films
67Carancho$2,108-32%3-2$703$82,80913Strand Releasing
68Passion Play$2,100--2--$1,050$2,1001Image Entertainment
69The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,078-61%1-3$2,078$93,5006Lorber Films
70The Music Never Stopped$1,809426%73$258$236,8458Roadside Attractions
71Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,781-33%31$594$241,87318First Run Features
72The Warring States$1,741-82%3-20$580$67,9913China Lion Film
73The Human Resources Manager$1,597--2--$799$59,70610Film Movement
74The Strange Case of Angelica$1,4721147%21$736$47,74319Cinema Guild
75Sympathy For Delicious$1,381-85%20$691$13,1142Maya Entertainment
76The Illusionist (2010)$1,230-63%4-6$308$2,231,02420Sony Pictures Classics
77Ceremony$1,05711%1-1$1,057$18,9865Magnolia Pictures
78Dumbstruck$969--1--$969$6,5694Truly Indie
79Making The Boys$959-77%1-2$959$27,9339First Run Features
80Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$805-82%30$268$157,11310Strand Releasing
81My Dog Tulip$671-74%1-1$671$243,10936New Yorker Films
82Another Year$609--1--$609$3,201,43219Sony Pictures Classics
83A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$438--1--$438$9,8624Film Movement
84When Harry Tries to Marry$292--1--$292$38,2613108 Pics
85A Somewhat Gentle Man$287-38%1-1$287$37,54317Strand Releasing
86The Last Lions$21344%42$53$630,04212National Geographic
87Bhutto$17910%1-1$179$100,00923First Run Features