'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 Fri, Dec. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$5,027,448--3,505--$1,434$5,027,4481Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$3,706,669--2,750--$1,348$3,706,6691Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,456,195118%3,604-442$682$254,039,4624Lionsgate / Summit
4The Muppets$1,672,046186%3,328-112$502$60,435,3043Disney
6Arthur Christmas$1,426,754248%3,272-104$436$28,316,8663Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$871,357177%2,787-262$313$66,313,6445Sony / Columbia
8Happy Feet Two$845,817142%2,840-696$298$53,945,9184Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$734,495144%2,069-335$355$72,498,0256Universal
10Immortals$729,71075%2,299-328$317$78,137,2155Relativity Media
11J. Edgar$355,69645%1,555-430$229$33,928,3945Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$354,85494%1,843-907$193$140,600,1297Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,318,017250%876302$1,505$20,568,4404Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$215,40592%2440$883$4,553,2443Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$154,50646%470-240$329$33,665,9656Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$110,453119%354-67$312$36,169,3257Fox
5Dolphin Tale$69,517241%342-68$203$70,868,43212Warner Bros.
6Like Crazy$51,57568%16210$318$3,032,8887Paramount Vantage
7Courageous$49,18794%191-74$258$33,189,06611Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$45,792119%148-2$309$4,814,7428Roadside Attractions
9Moneyball$43,412-31%208-796$209$74,070,01512Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity 3$41,000263%30247$136$103,527,3528Paramount
11The Ides of March$35,211-39%187-829$188$40,384,41910Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$26,679130%168-40$159$20,167,9628Summit
13Footloose (2011)$22,622117%201-108$113$51,095,0509Paramount
16The Smurfs$16,834--181-146$93$142,549,42820Sony / Columbia
17Contagion$13,88453%111-44$125$75,607,86814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$90,684--4--$22,671$90,6841Focus
2Young Adult$89,660--8--$11,208$89,6601Paramount
3Shame$83,839158%2111$3,992$581,9252Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$77,073201%1610$4,817$670,4533Weinstein Company
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$25,401196%251$1,016$207,2613Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,13924%490$391$14,632,88436Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$15,03089%70-16$215$34,644,07513FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,26237%72-12$198$2,784,2898Fox Searchlight
9Anonymous$10,055-1%82-23$123$4,441,4957Sony / Columbia
10The Rum Diary$9,34169%630$148$13,050,3327FilmDistrict
11Pastorela$9,28390%44-11$211$114,9832Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,884101%61-23$146$176,671,30019Fox
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,077139%23-8$47$38,531,56517Weinstein Company
14Project Nim$981--2--$491$408,40123Roadside Attractions
15Circumstance$67113%1-1$671$450,43016Roadside Attractions
16Inni$497-43%4-2$124$112,7647Cinema Purgatorio
17Laugh at My Pain$30866%3-2$103$7,705,34714CodeBlack Entertainment
18Answers to Nothing$120-90%7-14$17$20,5582Roadside Attractions
19The Future$76--1--$76$568,36620Roadside Attractions