'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, Sep. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$723,554-13%2,823102$256$22,437,1181Focus
3Takers$597,551-7%2,2060$271$42,005,1722Sony / Screen Gems
4Going the Distance (2010)$505,170-5%3,030--$167$10,164,1001Warner Bros. / New Line
5Eat Pray Love$490,9383%2,663-360$184$71,732,7084Sony / Columbia
6The Expendables$416,155-6%3,3980$122$95,242,6134Lionsgate
7The Last Exorcism$363,806-10%2,8740$127$34,739,4692Lionsgate
8Inception$313,2371%1,704-219$184$279,409,5888Warner Bros.
9The Other Guys$309,467-2%2,607-397$119$109,094,4135Sony / Columbia
10The Switch (2010)$237,5387%1,885-132$126$23,004,7293Miramax
11Nanny McPhee Returns$216,64060%2,708-90$80$24,200,7303Universal
12Piranha 3D$158,285-7%1,789-702$88$23,636,4183Weinstein Company
13Despicable Me$136,22531%1,600-91$85$241,874,8709Universal
14Vampires Suck$124,39613%2,434-799$51$33,601,9443Fox
15Toy Story 3$122,95035%1,520920$81$409,214,04112Disney
16Lottery Ticket$112,0838%1,310-508$86$21,407,6263Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$117,0157%807-462$145$29,618,1754Universal
3Salt$88,7216%705-307$126$115,821,5627Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$59,664-2%804-697$74$71,352,5366Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$52,3725%434-323$121$41,449,4375Disney
6Hubble 3D$37,33931%123-28$304$15,204,67525Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kids Are All Right$31,00812%239-103$130$19,980,8919Focus
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,7531%396-80$78$298,890,39910Summit
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$23,16960%455-264$51$42,268,1946Warner Bros.
10The Last Airbender$17,8720%257-49$70$131,214,78610Paramount
11Ramona and Beezus$12,86254%305-49$42$25,339,9547Fox
12Charlie St. Cloud$9,8550%220-50$45$31,030,5856Universal
13Shrek Forever After$7,6111%179-28$43$238,395,99016Paramount / DreamWorks
14Knight and Day$7,4042%142-87$52$76,253,22711Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$12,73726%93-26$137$5,672,96613Roadside Attractions
2The Tillman Story$10,248-12%2419$427$338,3053Weinstein Company
3Under the Sea 3D$7,88018%160$493$24,130,11782Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$4,87925%282$174$783,0775Warner Bros.
5The Concert$4,0428%200$202$464,1967Weinstein Company
6The A-Team$3,14417%54-38$58$77,196,31613Fox
7La Soga$1,27714%5-7$255$165,42547-57 Releasing
8Solitary Man$1,22530%245$51$4,343,39616Anchor Bay
10White Wedding (2009)$83279%4--$208$8,6581Dada Films
11Cyrus$8090%26-6$31$7,384,17612Fox Searchlight
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$660-31%6-1$110$149,5745Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$655-13%32$218$878,34117Roadside Attractions