Grosses

'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, Aug. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,586,326-3%4,242-162$845$370,608,8193Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,187,765-3%2,361--$927$4,453,0570Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,061,501-9%3,601--$572$36,088,3921Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,741,7891%3,391--$514$22,354,0081Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,284,3067%3,542-327$363$137,314,0524Fox
6Step Up Revolution$767,268-2%2,60639$294$27,314,7622Lionsgate / Summit
7The Watch$750,924-8%3,1680$237$29,174,6282Fox
8Ted (2012)$672,100-2%2,585-544$260$206,624,9106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$574,938-1%2,216-944$259$253,343,4425Sony / Columbia
10Brave$498,2386%1,883-668$265$225,442,8667Disney
11Magic Mike$198,3513%1,202-873$165$111,816,6186Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$316,779-52%800--$396$982,4580ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$163,556-2%687-166$238$41,460,39811Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$128,377-3%318110$404$6,437,2736Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$103,83313%504-304$206$211,264,7649Paramount / DreamWorks
5Savages$87,420-14%564-850$155$46,563,2655Universal
6The Hunger Games$69,4583%291-19$239$406,970,23520Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$64,078-1%1940$330$8,923,43111Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$63,424-10%737-374$86$64,454,8646Lionsgate
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,4350%309-46$150$154,024,71010Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$42,747-5%230-46$186$45,207,29514Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$30,2907%277-329$109$24,934,0295Paramount
12Prometheus$26,1941%198-31$132$125,937,2619Fox
13Safety Not Guaranteed$18,6606%121-28$154$3,542,4499FilmDistrict
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,2413%165-32$111$37,088,9507Fox
15Dark Shadows$12,833-5%132-90$97$79,688,27213Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$10,08028%145-157$70$38,489,3528Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,54714%520$1,280$7,088,70316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,8940%6451$530$797,4982Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,1411%330$550$20,407,70670Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$13,385-5%39-17$343$64,932,37519Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$3,02214%61$504$125,1354Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$3,00518%50--$60$38,2011Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,68019%34-55$79$5,665,04610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$2,1779%142$156$281,84110GKIDS