'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 Sun, Jun. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$18,796,535-17%4,0280$4,666$226,889,3512Disney
2Grown Ups$11,436,627-22%3,534--$3,236$40,506,5621Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$5,775,186-28%3,098--$1,864$27,428,5131Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$4,551,394-27%3,74077$1,217$135,788,7213Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$1,842,291-25%3,242-302$568$63,047,4323Fox
6Shrek Forever After$988,406-20%2,340-867$422$229,539,0896Paramount / DreamWorks
7Get Him to the Greek$962,985-19%2,189-403$440$54,616,4954Universal
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$724,787-37%1,851-754$392$86,221,8795Disney
9Killers (2010)$544,108-28%2,271-348$240$43,938,7544Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$504,537-18%2,8250$179$9,171,0832Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$431,646-27%1,169-443$369$306,943,6478Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$357,223-24%901-779$396$93,072,6155Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$190,665-29%669-377$285$103,301,7707Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$142,202-24%333120$427$215,422,52814Paramount / DreamWorks
4Solitary Man$139,885-35%17770$790$2,070,9156Anchor Bay
5Letters to Juliet$115,617-29%509-297$227$49,537,4297Summit
6Splice$69,836-28%340-604$205$16,229,1064Warner Bros
7Date Night$63,725-36%286-59$223$97,320,41912Fox
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$52,229-18%226-41$231$162,697,60813Warner Bros.
9City Island$43,104-27%105-28$411$6,156,28715Anchor Bay
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$41,166-27%156-5$264$42,594,45311Sony / Screen Gems
11Furry Vengeance$30,698-39%157-78$196$17,286,2759Summit
12The Back-up Plan$29,744-41%147-19$202$37,243,20210CBS Films
13Raavan$25,836-30%115-4$225$663,2862Reliance Big Pictures
14A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$25,721-15%172-56$150$62,902,1679Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Bounty Hunter$20,057-54%104-70$193$66,944,67815Sony / Columbia
16Just Wright$19,410-41%111-47$175$21,219,0927Fox Searchlight
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,948-33%105-41$152$63,694,61815Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$136,851-26%7031$1,955$1,064,3083Roadside Attractions
2Cyrus$96,224-19%1713$5,660$566,2592Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$72,939-16%500$1,459$9,161,46415Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Under the Sea 3D$9,965-31%13-2$767$22,587,88772Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Square (2010)$6,109-9%8-4$764$379,69712Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$3,8524%150$257$637,99517GKIDS
9Princess Kaiulani$2,005-23%8-8$251$826,6247Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$1,214-30%3-4$405$1,465,19111Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$426-5%31$142$44,7236Hanover House
12Letters to God$1451%2--$73$2,848,58712Vivendi