'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, May. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$3,565,064-4%4,39010$812$218,481,4252Paramount
2Robin Hood$3,100,155-5%3,503--$885$42,421,3301Universal
3Letters to Juliet$1,355,27719%2,968--$457$16,036,9751Summit
4Just Wright$595,3762%1,831--$325$9,462,2081Fox Searchlight
5A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$424,0001%3,075-257$138$56,910,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
6How to Train Your Dragon$397,17113%2,620-383$152$208,397,7848Paramount / DreamWorks
7Date Night$346,27710%2,481-253$140$87,183,9436Fox
8The Back-up Plan$235,11116%2,497-506$94$34,561,8354CBS Films
9Furry Vengeance$159,39235%2,695-307$59$15,366,1663Summit
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$120,0006%1,300-857$92$160,361,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$112,4065%1,062-644$106$40,714,9605Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$48,67623%403-179$121$331,622,14811Disney
5The Losers$48,0009%701-1749$68$22,853,0004Warner Bros.
6The Last Song$47,01311%802-501$59$61,329,6267Disney
7City Island$46,41438%2536$183$3,687,2099Anchor Bay
8Hot Tub Time Machine$41,0008%458-344$90$49,264,0008MGM
10Shutter Island$28,5466%310121$92$127,269,03813Paramount
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$26,26134%468-157$56$62,024,5809Fox
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$15,1411%281-123$54$59,711,5747Lionsgate
13The Ghost Writer$12,23810%150-81$82$15,107,47513Summit
14She's Out of My League$10,7314%206-55$52$31,605,81810Paramount
15Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$9,2199%209-12$44$88,372,12414Fox
16Our Family Wedding$6,29723%103-16$61$20,103,65710Fox Searchlight
17The Tooth Fairy$6,18228%132-28$47$59,839,43317Fox
18The Crazies$4,9221%111-38$44$39,113,19612Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$86,00018%480$1,792$5,903,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$21,914-5%33--$664$232,0951Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$16,00023%180$889$22,021,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Joneses$3,4291%56-12$61$1,407,4915Roadside Attractions
6The Secret of Kells$3,36412%264$129$467,30711GKIDS
7The Runaways$3,104-10%49-16$63$3,535,0099Apparition
8Letters to God$3,10011%74-38$42$2,800,0006Vivendi
9Crazy Heart$2,69319%50-25$54$39,441,58522Fox Searchlight
10Brooklyn's Finest$2,49523%64-49$39$27,158,94311Overture
11Cop Out$2,1000%53-38$40$44,872,00012Warner Bros.
12The Square (2010)$1,71844%14-3$123$245,3636Apparition
13Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$76917%1--$769$7,7791Cinema Purgatorio
14The Blind Side$25067%11-14$23$255,951,00026Warner Bros.