'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, Jan. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,608,87814%3,018--$533$26,092,0751Paramount
2The King's Speech$1,088,8027%1,680137$648$61,114,9079Weinstein Company
3The Green Hornet$1,079,73619%3,5840$301$67,300,6552Sony / Columbia
4True Grit (2010)$795,59311%3,4645$230$140,787,6355Paramount
5Black Swan$638,10316%2,40779$265$85,604,0418Fox Searchlight
6The Dilemma$603,31511%2,9433$205$35,158,4552Universal
7The Fighter$450,02412%2,275-139$198$74,317,9247Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$268,18720%2,018-421$133$164,203,0876Disney
9Little Fockers$268,11013%2,979-415$90$142,153,5405Universal
11Yogi Bear$186,40431%2,510-192$74$89,341,8416Warner Bros.
12Season of the Witch$181,5397%2,307-520$79$22,932,4813Relativity Media
13Country Strong$176,1517%1,44117$122$17,531,8275Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$84,70428%1,135-569$75$100,929,8367Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$61,26732%1,100-566$56$40,247,1145Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$110,62710%24212$457$4,877,1004Weinstein Company
2The Way Back$102,2676%678--$151$1,651,2881Newmarket Films
3The Tourist$77,4849%875-545$89$66,197,6697Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$77,25924%725-216$107$291,622,56310Warner Bros.
5The Company Men$47,1808%106--$445$882,1081Weinstein Company
6The Social Network$46,9637%38563$122$95,575,90417Sony / Columbia
7Megamind$33,38017%320-21$104$146,468,30912Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rabbit Hole$27,01312%1011$267$1,362,0086Lionsgate
9Due Date$22,7122%275-66$83$100,539,04312Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$19,9926%278-25$72$80,808,38311Fox
11The Heart Specialist$13,60513%293-129$46$975,6092Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$12,24010%146-20$84$32,202,5969Fox
13Red (2010)$10,92424%153-53$71$90,278,34415Summit
14Faster (2010)$5,232-8%10629$49$23,104,3029CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$26,12816%0-48--$20,925,44845Warner Bros. / IMAX
2127 Hours$23,81813%69-7$345$11,374,12012Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$21,23218%8330$256$1,387,6285Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$12,0170%78--$154$419,7291UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$9,372-5%75-20$125$1,837,5518Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$6,45061%72-7$90$9,395,92512Summit
7Life As We Know It$4,69327%86-46$55$53,374,68116Warner Bros.
8Winter's Bone$2,560-1%82$320$6,278,29533Roadside Attractions
9Biutiful$2,48397%4--$621$97,9094Roadside Attractions
10No One Killed Jessica$1,8129%28-17$65$435,3233UTV Communications
11Summer Wars$1,22174%6-3$204$66,2825GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$754-11%29-48$26$5,659,9058Relativity Media