'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 Sat, Oct. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$10,815,61027%3,440--$3,144$19,349,3001Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$4,265,44524%2,199--$1,940$7,691,8791Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$3,952,79864%3,478-37$1,137$46,270,7483Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$3,229,20546%3,01825$1,070$47,196,9803Sony / Columbia
6The Lion King 3D$1,949,38761%2,267-73$860$84,571,9804Disney
7Dream House$1,931,40042%2,6643$725$13,282,0102Universal
8Courageous$1,882,43133%1,1610$1,621$14,587,6252Sony / TriStar
9Contagion$1,284,02752%2,250-494$571$68,215,7705Warner Bros.
11What's Your Number?$1,249,43121%3,0119$415$9,542,0372Fox
12Killer Elite$909,10141%2,411-575$377$20,997,8683Open Road
13The Help$827,90247%2,064-441$401$162,096,8829Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$761,73340%1,330-644$573$29,572,4634FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$223,36573%515104$434$139,221,86311Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$213,24056%248-30$860$6,812,0105CodeBlack Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$169,47351%407155$416$379,626,52813Warner Bros.
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$132,20862%382-209$346$174,855,79110Fox
5Captain America: The First Avenger$131,96044%303-47$436$175,717,85012Paramount
6The Debt$108,70166%358-245$304$30,490,0556Focus
7Colombiana$101,38459%245-167$414$36,143,7017Sony / TriStar
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$85,09930%222-183$383$83,069,17511Warner Bros.
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$71,941151%365-345$197$37,705,2328Weinstein Company
10Warrior (2011)$68,65632%319-388$215$13,377,8625Lionsgate
11Zookeeper$67,04779%198-55$339$80,069,66614Sony / Columbia
12Cowboys & Aliens$63,86048%206-35$310$99,728,50111Universal
13Horrible Bosses$41,35131%142-80$291$117,360,07114Warner Bros. / New Line
14I Don't Know How She Does It$39,16522%240-505$163$9,457,7024Weinstein Company
15Straw Dogs (2011)$36,72337%181-693$203$10,300,3854Sony / Screen Gems
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$35,89461%143-65$251$352,334,01215Paramount / DreamWorks
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$31,47360%114-102$276$23,801,0137FilmDistrict
18Shark Night 3D$30,10083%145-147$208$18,576,2676Relativity Media
19Sarah's Key$22,86247%113-26$202$6,862,67512Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$46,20845%9360$497$256,6633Relativity Media
2Born to Be Wild 3D$39,69444%490$810$13,299,43227Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Days in Utopia$20,14428%77-58$262$4,272,0056Visio Entertainment
4Munger Road$19,29723%98$2,144$82,7362Freestyle Releasing
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$15,73374%68-35$231$68,169,94617Fox
6Thunder Soul$14,37236%3724$388$111,1293Roadside Attractions
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$13,53152%27-7$501$399,3826Indomina Media
8Bad Teacher$13,49935%64-290$211$100,283,78716Sony / Columbia
9Final Destination 5$13,47468%61-83$221$42,566,6209Warner Bros. / New Line
10Our Idiot Brother$11,09315%67-69$166$24,650,2947Weinstein Company
11Apollo 18$7,25033%46-68$158$17,515,7346Weinstein Company
12Dirty Girl$6,5725%9--$730$12,8151Weinstein Company
13Circumstance$6,01834%18-5$334$366,3197Roadside Attractions
14Margaret$5,22153%1412$373$20,4562Fox Searchlight
15Muran$3,075123%7-3$439$24,2482UTV Communications
16The Future$1,63646%15-1$109$543,60811Roadside Attractions
17Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$1,122173%90$125$12,8472UTV Communications
18Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$361-1%4-2$90$10,3042Freestyle Releasing
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$21742%1--$217$244,59756Collective Eye
20Project Nim$150183%6-1$25$398,95414Roadside Attractions