'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 Tue, Jun. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$5,565,1754%3,773--$1,475$67,159,4001Universal
2Men in Black 3$3,145,96115%4,2480$741$116,952,5832Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$2,221,7139%3,670-248$605$557,214,4865Disney
4The Dictator$669,73219%2,649-365$253$52,043,2623Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$669,33423%1,29461$517$26,594,6825Fox Searchlight
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$669,18328%2,907-114$230$31,895,3543Lionsgate
8Chernobyl Diaries$464,23711%2,4330$191$15,380,9352Warner Bros.
9Dark Shadows$458,13012%3,002-402$153$71,543,2344Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$219,2965%1,099-322$200$398,768,97911Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$193,3017%757--$255$2,259,5411ARC Entertainment
2Think Like a Man$72,4288%509-277$142$89,852,9207Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$66,9606%585-299$114$28,690,7896Sony / Columbia
4Mirror Mirror$61,45828%357-65$172$63,021,12610Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$55,12517%315-75$175$211,588,23514Universal
6Rowdy Rathore$49,52784%120--$413$458,1921UTV Communications
7Crooked Arrows$42,707-26%327260$131$1,255,3973Branded/Peck Films
8The Lucky One (2012)$40,49111%404-211$100$59,045,9957Warner Bros.
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$32,34268%155-20$209$103,397,76117Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Three Stooges$30,9928%285-40$109$42,806,5108Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$24,00522%218-56$110$28,328,2256Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$22,95010%205-50$112$83,265,61610Warner Bros.
13The Cabin in the Woods$17,1636%136-67$126$41,197,6558Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$15,36411%17563$88$16,970,0246Lionsgate
15High School$12,986-1%200--$65$109,7041Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$116,209-2%1612$7,263$1,972,1462Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$53,6502%500$1,073$2,886,9667Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Piranha 3DD$37,97774%86--$442$242,0251Weinstein Company
4The Intouchables$36,2858%5046$726$558,5542Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$18,17011%33-1$551$19,258,76961Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bully (2012)$15,564-3%88-16$177$3,420,90210Weinstein Company
7Titanic 3D$6,062-8%5210$117$57,872,0559Paramount
8The Artist$5,73928%8767$66$44,625,56828Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$5,0852%60-27$85$9,035,17813CBS Films
10Sound of My Voice$3,953-3%486$82$369,5686Fox Searchlight
11Girl in Progress$3,62815%50-93$73$2,518,6694Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Raven$3,2791%61-50$54$15,797,6406Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$571147%19-20$30$70,011,87515Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$57033%8--$71$7,246,72913Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$24234%5-2$48$49,876,01120Fox
16Undefeated$172-17%60$29$561,43416Weinstein Company