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, Nov. 2 - Sun, Nov. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$49,038,712--3,752--$13,070$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$24,900,566--1,884--$13,217$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$10,209,103-16%2,774-81$3,680$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$7,910,980--1,868--$4,235$7,910,9801Universal
5Taken 2$5,919,493-23%2,639-356$2,243$125,586,9295Fox
6Cloud Atlas$5,379,314-44%2,0135$2,672$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$4,409,785-53%2,922-354$1,509$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$4,252,468-50%3,006-406$1,415$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$3,528,143-32%2,314-177$1,525$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,285,113-59%2,9330$1,120$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$3,064,080-22%1,502-497$2,040$55,633,7036Universal
12Sinister$2,734,446-45%1,882-465$1,453$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$2,294,636-44%3,0162$761$7,454,5792Paramount
14Alex Cross$1,958,360-62%1,648-893$1,188$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$1,228,736-46%2,03028$605$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,241,870-14%622-114$1,997$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$1,210,783-42%696-493$1,740$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$766,080-69%857-881$894$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$739,194-51%459-544$1,610$13,411,7504CBS Films
5Brave$328,03112%253-4$1,297$235,872,66920Disney
6The Dark Knight Rises$259,740-2%2910$893$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$229,308-6%246-34$932$55,231,34012Focus
8Trouble with the Curve$181,333-40%286-134$634$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
9The Master$180,599-30%138-63$1,309$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$158,310-52%158-132$1,002$38,853,1897Open Road
11Searching For Sugar Man$149,1148%105-9$1,420$2,410,56615Sony Pictures Classics
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$125,740-11%157-35$801$160,420,83017Fox
13Arbitrage$123,016-27%116-9$1,060$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
14The Bourne Legacy$105,570-20%153-38$690$113,165,63513Universal
15The Campaign$104,196-20%188-34$554$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
16The Expendables 2$102,612-9%173-5$593$84,855,31312Lionsgate
17The Possession$94,609182%15573$610$48,982,12710Lionsgate
18Resident Evil: Retribution$84,544-31%131-67$645$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
19House at the End of the Street$72,844-58%128-174$569$31,181,2777Relativity Media
20Student of the Year$49,885-62%1060$471$634,4783Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$468,312115%6949$6,787$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$153,30922%5212$2,948$330,4232Cohen Media Group
3Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$95,364--60--$1,589$95,3641UTV Communications
4To the Arctic 3D$77,935-4%520$1,499$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$75,279--9--$8,364$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6The Flat$72,22496%2314$3,140$160,1063IFC Films
7Samsara$68,267-28%62-5$1,101$2,303,52011Oscilloscope
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$63,173-2%95-21$665$48,737,04714Fox
9Masquerade (2012)$61,446--10--$6,145$748,1537CJ Entertainment
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$56,635-5%94-21$603$50,792,65112Disney
11Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$54,523-5%24-2$2,272$744,5227IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12The Paperboy$48,416-46%42-34$1,153$628,1985Millennium Entertainment
13Hubble 3D$46,40657%183$2,578$34,924,339138Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Thieves$43,968-58%18-4$2,443$628,2614Well Go USA
15Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$34,810-62%70-77$497$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
16English Vinglish$34,575-51%880$393$1,829,4425Eros International
17Smashed$34,097-14%210$1,624$198,6904Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$31,750-12%300$1,058$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Intouchables$31,273-15%28-20$1,117$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
20Simon and the Oaks$28,867-1%13-1$2,221$119,0974The Film Arcade
21Brooklyn Castle$27,0682%135$2,082$87,1993Producers Distribution Agency
22The Loneliest Planet$25,96465%119$2,360$44,3922IFC Films
23Hating Breitbart$25,826135%84$3,228$81,4323Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The Big Picture (2012)$22,12624%82$2,766$96,7834MPI Media
25The Bay$19,747--23--$859$19,7471Roadside Attractions
26The Details$18,528--14--$1,323$18,5281RADiUS-TWC
27Holy Motors$15,234--53$3,047$83,6653Indomina Releasing
28Chakravyuh$14,783-85%790$187$145,4992Eros International
29The Imposter$14,584--10--$1,458$857,66117Indomina Releasing
30Sleepwalk With Me$14,297-45%18-14$794$2,244,43911IFC Films
31Tai Chi Zero$13,881-66%13-10$1,068$190,4073Variance / Well Go USA
32The House I Live In$13,546-39%11-1$1,231$132,3485Abramorama
33Won't Back Down$13,079-8%41-24$319$5,285,2076Fox
34Lawless$12,903-55%35-61$369$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
35Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$11,595167%40$2,899$69,6245Roadside Attractions
36Deep Sea 3D$11,224-6%51$2,245$45,089,604349Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,5101%15-5$634$11,225,46519Fox Searchlight
38Liberal Arts$9,256-36%17-3$544$298,7018IFC Films
39Robot & Frank$9,06616%14-10$648$3,269,93912IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
40Somewhere Between$8,3790%60$1,397$120,07811Long Shot Factory
41This Must Be the Place$7,754--2--$3,877$7,7541Weinstein Company
42Orchestra of Exiles$6,9854%54$1,397$13,7042First Run Features
43District of Corruption$6,220-75%30$2,073$31,9542Rocky Mountain Pictures
44Under the Sea 3D$6,19761%94$689$32,420,027195Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Queen of Versailles$5,2524%6-2$875$2,390,05916Magnolia Pictures
46Keep the Lights On$5,236-30%50$1,047$226,9359Music Box Films
47The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,205-28%5-1$1,041$351,92316Kino Lorber
48Wuthering Heights (2012)$5,111-49%11-1$465$70,4355Oscilloscope
49The Other Dream Team$4,781-59%5-9$956$128,9776The Film Arcade
50North Sea Texas$4,487--3--$1,496$4,4871Strand Releasing
51Chicken With Plums$4,032-34%187$224$233,22512Sony Pictures Classics
52War of the Buttons (2012)$3,736-31%6-2$623$45,6024Weinstein Company
53V/H/S$3,699-60%8-11$462$97,3485Magnolia / Magnet
54My Worst Nightmare$3,695--2--$1,848$5,4783Strand Releasing
55Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,558-29%2-1$1,779$54,8385Rainbow Releasing
56Death by China$3,100147%21$1,550$35,70612Area23a
57Least Among Saints$1,87810%51$376$28,0264Brainstorm Media
58To Rome with Love$1,688-68%5-6$338$16,682,32920Sony Pictures Classics
5917 Girls$1,510--1--$1,510$14,0807Strand Releasing
60Nobody Walks$1,510-72%4-3$378$20,0673Magnolia Pictures
61Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921Zeitgeist Films
62All Together$1,478-80%3-4$493$31,0303Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
632 Days In New York$1,361-53%4-3$340$629,35913Magnolia Pictures
64The Revisionaries$1,205-75%41$301$17,0115Kino Lorber
65Celeste and Jesse Forever$1,157-70%5-10$231$3,089,50714Sony Pictures Classics
66Trade of Innocents$1,039-20%30$346$15,0595Monterey Media
67Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$821-80%2-8$411$35,9625Drafthouse Films
68How To Survive A Plague$677-77%2-7$339$121,2017IFC Films
69The Eye of the Storm$66480%10$664$83,2979Sycamore Entertainment
70Vamps$548--1--$548$5481Anchor Bay Films
71Photographic Memory$412--1--$412$6,3014First Run Features
72Meet The Fokkens$34992%10$349$28,63213Kino Lorber
73Alps$314--3--$105$14,82817Kino Lorber
74Jack and Diane$294--2--$147$2941Magnolia Pictures
75Post Mortem$243--1--$243$9,75030Kino Lorber
76We Won't Grow Old Together$231--1--$231$11,27122The Film Desk
77Radio Unnameable$159--1--$159$18,6167Kino Lorber
78Headshot$28--1--$28$1,3676Kino Lorber