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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Nov. 18 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 18 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quantum of Solace$4,052,259-2%3,451--$1,174$75,713,2241Sony / Columbia
2Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$1,190,2422%4,0659$293$119,260,8132Paramount / DreamWorks
3Role Models$880,3598%2,7986$315$39,266,9662Universal
4Changeling$379,36925%1,89641$200$28,315,9114Universal
5Zack and Miri Make a Porno$327,91312%2,210-525$148$27,084,1313The Weinstein Company
6The Secret Life of Bees$196,56615%1,449-32$136$33,996,4925Fox Searchlight
7High School Musical 3: Senior Year$172,09713%3,202-262$54$84,490,4634Disney
8Soul Men$159,515-8%2,0484$78$9,702,8372MGM / Weinstein
9Saw V$140,645-2%2,002-827$70$55,663,4504Lionsgate
10Eagle Eye$86,38210%1,214-193$71$98,902,4318Paramount / DreamWorks