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 Thu, Jul. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$6,397,125-11%3,476--$1,840$85,630,8951Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$3,439,703-8%4,4680$770$251,371,4172Summit
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$3,214,440-17%3,385--$950$7,088,4370Disney
4Toy Story 3$2,513,639-16%3,372-656$745$350,967,1024Disney
5Grown Ups$1,860,578-11%3,337-197$558$119,254,3413Sony / Columbia
6Predators$1,670,649-11%2,669--$626$33,284,0411Fox
7The Last Airbender$1,577,255-8%3,20334$492$107,383,4542Paramount
8Knight and Day$801,968-6%2,237-867$359$65,509,3793Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$562,045-8%2,115-994$266$167,001,9685Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The A-Team$161,5461%796-1357$203$74,746,1835Fox
2Cyrus$120,367-19%200123$602$3,990,8734Fox Searchlight
3Get Him to the Greek$81,420-13%354-530$230$59,835,7556Universal
4Shrek Forever After$71,202-14%461-496$154$234,113,2098Paramount / DreamWorks
5How to Train Your Dragon$66,0707%254-49$260$217,150,60516Paramount / DreamWorks
6Marmaduke$65,670-2%4750$138$31,816,4256Fox
7Iron Man 2$49,541-10%333-189$149$309,456,85010Paramount
8Winter's Bone$49,213-11%10623$464$2,716,6725Roadside Attractions
9Letters to Juliet$46,79726%241-99$194$51,889,6659Summit
10Robin Hood$38,885-9%268-110$145$104,665,0159Universal
11Solitary Man$36,615-10%172-4$213$3,671,1448Anchor Bay
12Sex and the City 2$31,9752%156-199$205$94,836,1877Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$29,5760%2420$122$98,125,27314Fox
14Killers (2010)$27,6701%269-458$103$45,970,1456Lionsgate
15Splice$22,085-4%20464$108$16,854,4436Warner Bros
16Clash of the Titans (2010)$13,1303%130-45$101$163,157,12215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,492-3%531$1,462$10,571,04717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Kids Are All Right$61,449-6%7--$8,778$749,5071Focus
3Grease Sing-a-Long$42,158--219$2,008$137,9271Paramount
4Under the Sea 3D$17,770-27%130$1,367$22,883,65574Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Avatar$10,39939%90$1,155$749,685,80530Fox
6City Island$8,893-17%65-16$137$6,537,90617Anchor Bay
7Furry Vengeance$7,953-5%86-21$92$17,630,46511Summit
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,311-4%51-19$143$63,901,57317Fox
9Just Wright$7,065-3%80-15$88$21,446,2729Fox Searchlight
10The Back-up Plan$5,51815%61-36$90$37,468,95412CBS Films
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,889-1%53-57$73$63,075,01111Warner Bros. / New Line
12Jonah Hex$2,741-15%65-285$42$10,099,0314Warner Bros.
13The Secret of Kells$7783%10-4$78$684,27619GKIDS
14Princess Kaiulani$628-15%61$105$852,8639Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$377-1%50$75$402,20314Apparition