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, Sep. 14 - Sun, Sep. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$21,052,227--3,012--$6,989$21,052,2271Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$16,687,773--2,904--$5,746$16,687,7731Disney
3The Possession$5,766,378-38%2,86026$2,016$41,133,4903Lionsgate
4Lawless$4,348,377-28%3,063-75$1,420$30,270,1313Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$3,146,001-36%2,896-364$1,086$80,405,9805Lionsgate
6ParaNorman$3,092,941-26%2,326-530$1,330$49,389,1875Focus
7The Words$2,861,273-40%2,8010$1,022$9,141,1582CBS Films
8The Bourne Legacy$2,852,475-28%2,170-596$1,315$107,794,1356Universal
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,598,636-29%2,415-302$1,076$46,372,2845Disney
10The Campaign$2,418,163-28%2,002-540$1,208$82,870,3196Warner Bros.
11The Dark Knight Rises$2,182,449-32%1,581-406$1,380$441,053,0789Warner Bros.
122016: Obama's America$1,988,294-40%1,876-141$1,060$30,037,36110Rocky Mountain Pictures
13Hope Springs (2012)$1,825,180-35%1,946-491$938$60,475,2816Sony / Columbia
14Last Ounce of Courage$1,585,994--1,407--$1,127$1,585,9941Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Premium Rush$1,270,910-45%1,339-843$949$18,834,7824Sony / Columbia
16The Cold Light of Day$847,366-54%1,5110$561$3,279,5502Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$2,002,165--197--$10,163$2,002,1651Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$1,061,713--132--$8,043$1,061,7131UTV Communications
3Marvel's The Avengers$593,991-24%442-767$1,344$622,217,21020Disney
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$581,581-30%541-222$1,075$157,893,66310Fox
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$509,343-38%591-340$862$47,342,1307Fox
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$390,093-77%32255$1,211$2,825,4622Paramount
7Sparkle (2012)$381,863-51%494-379$773$24,008,9575Sony / TriStar
8Ted (2012)$378,120-31%411-104$920$217,431,88012Universal
9Robot & Frank$378,101-25%2086$1,818$2,573,0065IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Hit and Run$365,135-66%651-1159$561$13,321,8164Open Road
11The Amazing Spider-Man$355,140-37%328-88$1,083$261,102,26011Sony / Columbia
12Sleepwalk With Me$345,71323%11845$2,930$1,265,0564IFC Films
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$289,015-24%306-39$944$215,604,24315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Total Recall (2012)$276,506-41%303-199$913$58,074,6257Sony / Columbia
15For A Good Time, Call...$270,44125%10751$2,527$815,4733Focus
16The Intouchables$254,347-16%180-14$1,413$11,940,92217Weinstein Company
17Beasts of the Southern Wild$243,551-32%212-57$1,149$10,660,98412Fox Searchlight
18Step Up Revolution$220,52816%26870$823$34,753,5888Lionsgate / Summit
19Moonrise Kingdom$189,986-17%157-43$1,210$44,931,56917Focus
20Stolen (2012)$183,125--141--$1,299$183,1251Millennium Entertainment
21Celeste and Jesse Forever$145,796-59%152-289$959$2,903,5417Sony Pictures Classics
22Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$103,331-28%160-7$646$65,623,12812Lionsgate
23The Watch$87,693-41%1383$635$34,140,1158Fox
24Magic Mike$49,163-47%115-87$428$113,665,03112Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$736,311--5--$147,262$736,3111Weinstein Company
2Samsara$241,20524%6237$3,890$825,6514Oscilloscope
3Searching For Sugar Man$101,263-12%341$2,978$1,042,9708Sony Pictures Classics
4Bachelorette$96,778-47%6013$1,613$349,6312RADiUS-TWC
5To the Arctic 3D$87,18011%520$1,677$8,526,62822Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Queen of Versailles$80,205-23%61-12$1,315$2,135,1619Magnolia Pictures
7To Rome with Love$69,634-35%85-12$819$16,430,98913Sony Pictures Classics
8The Imposter$61,426-10%303$2,048$679,13010Indomina Releasing
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$60,844-26%80-34$761$46,185,49820Fox Searchlight
10Slaughter Creek$49,392--16--$3,087$49,3921Nocturnal Features
11The Apparition$46,248-73%68-208$680$4,836,4144Warner Bros.
12Detropia$42,054141%54$8,411$68,1792Loki Films
13Ruby Sparks$41,713-24%70-6$596$2,435,7658Fox Searchlight
14Keep the Lights On$31,978-42%50$6,396$112,0242Music Box Films
15Wild Horse, Wild Ride$31,500177%2116$1,500$52,2004Screen Media Films
16Safety Not Guaranteed$30,417-13%46-8$661$3,921,38815FilmDistrict
17Hubble 3D$29,62135%16-1$1,851$34,435,550131Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Liberal Arts$27,435--4--$6,859$27,4351IFC Films
192 Days In New York$26,886-47%23-11$1,169$559,5296Magnolia Pictures
20Farewell, My Queen$26,822-28%28-8$958$1,297,05710Cohen Media Group
2110 Years$22,707--3--$7,569$22,7071Anchor Bay Films
22Bangkok Revenge$22,116--22--$1,005$22,1161China Lion Film
23Chicken With Plums$21,855127%1712$1,286$141,8265Sony Pictures Classics
24Cosmopolis$21,829-50%31-14$704$743,6365Entertainment One Films
25Prometheus$21,188-25%34-14$623$126,464,90415Fox
26Little White Lies$20,728-37%140$1,481$172,1194MPI Media
27Born to Be Wild 3D$20,242-18%330$613$20,853,20076Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Compliance$20,075-41%17-4$1,181$268,3485Magnolia Pictures
29Branded$18,159-92%80-227$227$343,0692Roadside Attractions
30Beloved (2012)$13,348-6%60$2,225$119,6085IFC Films
31The Eye of the Storm$12,082-53%92$1,342$49,6572Sycamore Entertainment
32Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$11,751-24%16-8$734$473,1048IFC Films
33Toys in the Attic$11,615-42%14-13$830$38,0332Hannover House
34Bernie$11,175-15%10-8$1,118$9,203,19221Millennium Entertainment
35Red Hook Summer$9,953-64%13-16$766$318,1736Variance Films
36Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,078-51%22-17$413$37,516,01313Fox
37Hello I Must Be Going$8,570-64%20$4,285$40,1092Oscilloscope
38Take This Waltz$7,7805%12-1$648$1,228,36112Magnolia Pictures
39Somewhere Between$7,500--1--$7,500$24,3554Long Shot Factory
40Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$6,598--1--$6,598$6,5981Rialto Pictures
41Deep Sea 3D$6,55312%31$2,184$44,988,172342Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Bullet Vanishes$6,539-71%4-9$1,635$109,2113China Lion Film
43Girl Model$5,849-15%54$1,170$14,9432First Run Features
44Step Up to the Plate$5,643--2--$2,822$5,6431Cinema Guild
45The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,150-69%8-5$644$286,8359Kino Lorber
46Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$4,722229%10$4,722$154,02519Rialto Pictures
47Neil Young Journeys$4,66911%111$424$199,71112Sony Pictures Classics
48Under the Sea 3D$4,45513%5-3$891$32,342,268188Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Little Birds$4,027230%21$2,014$16,5903Millenium Entertainment
50360$3,39269%3-2$1,131$97,7797Magnolia Pictures
51Mugamoodi$3,369-75%3-14$1,123$98,1103UTV Communications
52Death by China$3,292--3--$1,097$19,8795Area23a
53Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,252--4--$813$151,39937Cinema Guild
54Unforgivable$3,173-76%4-2$793$141,80912Strand Releasing
55Hysteria$3,109-38%5-2$622$1,787,13318Sony Pictures Classics
56Elena (2012)$3,102205%21$1,551$219,06118Zeitgeist Films
57Painted Skin: The Resurrection$2,965-24%30$988$49,7995Well Go USA
58The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$2,705-94%8-273$338$1,064,2773Kenn Viselman Presents
59Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,044-79%7-15$292$3,367,8886ARC Entertainment
60Planet of Snail$1,563194%21$782$10,6948Cinema Guild
61Oslo, August 31st$1,560-30%1-1$1,560$100,71317Strand Releasing
62[REC] 3: Genesis$1,444-52%4-4$361$5,1862Magnolia / Magnet
635 Broken Cameras$1,280--2--$640$68,33216Kino Lorber
64Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,250182%31$417$83,76514Music Box Films
65The Ambassador$1,244-67%3-5$415$27,5033Drafthouse Films
66OC87$1,14480%1-1$1,144$43,10817Fisher Klingenstein Films
67Neighboring Sounds$1,130-59%21$565$40,3774Cinema Guild
68China Heavyweight$1,086--3--$362$10,48111Zeitgeist Films
69Kumare$1,023-80%2-3$512$123,28613Kino Lorber
70Monsieur Lazhar$875--2--$438$2,002,95847Music Box Films
71We Won't Grow Old Together$837--1--$837$9,39515The Film Desk
72Turn Me On, Dammit!$698249%21$349$124,44325New Yorker Films
73Snowman's Land$656--1--$656$6561Music Box Films
74Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$621--1--$621$31,45220New Yorker Films
75Klown$545-5%10$545$68,5598Drafthouse Films
76Joker$386-98%3-40$129$169,1373UTV Communications
77You've Been Trumped$385--2--$193$16,3427International Film Circuit
78Hermano$230-43%3-1$77$29,8584Music Box Films
79The Invisible War$190-73%1-1$190$59,39213Cinedigm