'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 Wed, Jan. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,634,866-23%3,4557$763$147,249,5293Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,013,350-21%3,7030$544$141,481,6893Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,803,452-13%2,9140$619$63,831,1262Sony / Columbia
4War Horse$1,305,586-17%2,547171$513$46,961,6602Disney / DreamWorks
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,232,781-36%3,72441$331$101,012,3093Fox
6The Adventures of Tintin$1,146,601-33%3,0870$371$54,254,3282Paramount
7We Bought a Zoo$1,100,279-27%3,16346$348$47,108,1692Fox
8New Year's Eve$474,242-22%2,2250$213$48,338,3804Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$406,926-31%2,3273$175$15,209,7362Summit
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$250,362-16%1,4110$177$276,675,2347Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$248,968-17%1,348-138$185$27,366,3454Fox
12The Muppets$190,454-31%1,5415$124$84,028,7046Disney
13Arthur Christmas$81,327-30%1,343-181$61$46,269,9686Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$340,267-8%7585$449$41,027,4827Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$257,534-15%9870$261$13,228,0044Paramount
4The Artist$175,319-2%1670$1,050$5,803,7276Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$137,727-4%63028$219$9,488,8356Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$83,614-25%3890$215$145,932,97910Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$51,239-19%5250$98$61,080,5157Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$33,302-5%4550$73$36,719,3358Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$30,360-11%253-30$120$76,866,7409Universal
10Immortals$19,766-16%2280$87$82,742,7328Relativity Media
11A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$16,199-14%2450$66$34,963,5209Warner Bros. / New Line
12Dolphin Tale$15,696-36%1880$83$72,056,18915Warner Bros.
13In Time$15,045-11%12311$122$37,108,37510Fox
14Footloose (2011)$11,985-2%1820$66$51,694,72712Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 3$7,2662%1240$59$104,022,23711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$121,5972%572$2,133$4,520,7774Focus
2Shame$35,737-12%555$650$2,120,0795Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$18,591-8%4--$4,648$324,6851Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,959-15%490$367$15,222,81639Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$15,8702%60$2,645$383,8132Warner Bros.
6Pariah (2011)$7,1659%40$1,791$115,4681Focus
7The Way$7,160-11%4720$152$4,202,60413Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$4,94330%29-1$170$5,262,94311Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$4,93411%25-1$197$34,849,57716FilmDistrict
10Like Crazy$2,78616%300$93$3,377,28710Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,7400%2-1$870$56,8302FilmDistrict