Grosses

'San Andreas' Demolishes Expectations with $54.6M Debut; 'Aloha' Arrives with Weak $9.7M Sixth Place StartJune 01, 2015 12:40 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's San Andreas demolished expectations in a big way this weekend with a first place start of $54.59 million. The Dwayne Johnson led disaster film proved to be critic proof this weekend and no doubt received an added boost from Johnson's growing fanbase after the recent break-out success of Furious 7. The opening weekend performance of San Andreas was especially impressive when considering the relatively low levels of online buzz the film displayed in the weeks leading up to its release. In addition to outpacing expectations in a big way, San Andreas opened 83 percent stronger than the $29.80 million start of last year's Hercules and just 18 percent below the $66.41 million opening of 2013's World War Z.

San Andreas opened with $18.15 million on Friday (which included an estimated $3.1 million from Thursday evening shows), increased a surprisingly strong 13 percent on Saturday to take in $20.51 million and declined just 22 percent on Sunday to gross $15.93 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.01 to 1. That is a very encouraging early sign going forward, as is the film's A- rating on CinemaScore (which suggests that the film is going over much better with moviegoers than with critics). However, competition will be especially fierce throughout the month of June, especially from Universal's Jurassic World.

The audience breakdown for San Andreas was nearly evenly split between genders (51 percent female, 49 percent male) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (70 percent).

Pitch Perfect 2 placed in a distant second this weekend with $14.82 million. Universal's successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down a sharp 52 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. While Pitch Perfect 2 continues to be quite front-loaded, the film is still outpacing expectations in a big way with a 17-day take of $147.52 million. That places the film 30 percent ahead of the $113.70 million 17-day take of last year's Neighbors. Pitch Perfect 2 could experience another sizable decline next weekend with both Fox's Spy and Focus's Insidious: Chapter 3 entering the marketplace.

On the heels of last weekend's already lackluster start, Disney's Tomorrowland was down two spots and a troubling 57 percent this weekend to place in third with $14.30 million. Mixed word of mouth and the break-out performance of San Andreas both clearly took a toll on Tomorrowland this weekend. The pricy Brad Bird directed sci-fi film starring George Clooney has grossed $63.69 million in ten days of release. Tomorrowland is currently running 13 percent behind the $73.10 million ten-day start of 2011's Super 8 and will need to stabilize very soon if it is to eventually reach the $100 million domestic mark.

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road followed closely behind in fourth with $14.18 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 42 percent, which represented a solid hold given the added presence of San Andreas this weekend. Mad Max: Fury Road continues to perform on the high end of expectations with a 17-day take of $116.47 million. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $108.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's Prometheus.

Avengers: Age of Ultron rounded out the weekend's top five with $11.40 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel fell 47 percent from last weekend. Avengers: Age of Ultron has grossed $427.55 million through 31 days of release. The film surpassed the $424.67 million final gross of 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this weekend to move into tenth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic chart.

Meanwhile, Sony's Aloha was off to a very soft start this weekend with a sixth place take of just $9.67 million. The Cameron Crowe directed film starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams opened below its already scaled back expectations. Unlike San Andreas, which was able to use Johnson's recent success with Furious 7 to its advantage, Aloha was unable to see any type of boost from Cooper's recent success with American Sniper. The one saving grace for Aloha is that the film carried a modest reported production budget of $37 million. Aloha opened 14 percent below the $11.24 million three-day start of 2009's All About Steve.

Aloha started out with $3.49 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.50 million from Thursday evening shows), increased 6 percent on Saturday to take in $3.69 million and declined 32.5 percent on Sunday to gross $2.49 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 to 1. While a number of Crowe's previous efforts have been able to display very strong holding power, Aloha will have an uphill battle ahead of it given a soft B- rating on CinemaScore, poor critical reviews and the amount of competition it will face throughout June. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (64 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 30 (57 percent).

Fox's Poltergeist placed in seventh this weekend with $8.06 million. The PG-13 horror remake was down a very sharp 64 percent from last weekend. Poltergeist has grossed $38.53 million in ten days. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 7 percent behind the $41.53 million ten-day take of 2013's Evil Dead.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Feb. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,252,897-61%3,009--$416$21,606,8641Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$865,158-53%3,3753$256$35,541,2262Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$628,123-46%2,809168$224$80,630,73912Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$435,365-35%2,871-58$152$78,109,3437Sony / Columbia
5Bullet to the Head$433,269-46%2,404--$180$4,981,4701Warner Bros.
6Mama$403,245-57%2,78199$145$58,526,3153Universal
7Parker$342,717-42%2,23814$153$12,870,0142FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$313,208-30%1,777-230$176$151,256,1666Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$206,642-49%1,756-153$118$170,983,38413Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$203,280-56%1,848-362$110$141,707,4106Universal
11Gangster Squad$203,090-21%1,625-965$125$43,295,2374Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$177,185-24%2,0230$88$7,877,3082Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,053-61%1,300-375$119$296,348,7378Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$147,636-25%1,786-836$83$18,283,0473Fox
15A Haunted House$124,255-47%1,501-501$83$37,880,2744Open Road
16Parental Guidance$84,762-71%1,480-256$57$72,985,3526Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$184,132-42%935300$197$120,556,27117Warner Bros.
2Stand Up Guys$155,478-36%659--$236$1,641,8681Lionsgate / Roadside
3Life of Pi$143,709-63%902-39$159$106,250,07211Fox
4Quartet$120,876-59%20239$598$3,603,5764Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$107,153-54%765-17$140$15,321,2487Lionsgate / Summit
6Wreck-It Ralph$32,400-79%66072$49$183,256,21614Disney
7This is 40$31,705-37%373-134$85$66,960,3107Universal
8Jack Reacher$29,761-25%450-438$66$78,784,2017Paramount
9The Last Stand$25,935-52%689-2224$38$11,730,3893Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$18,776-53%1440$130$5,623,5479Focus
11The Guilt Trip$14,283-56%291-61$49$36,532,0017Paramount
12Race 2$13,611-78%139-14$98$1,385,4262UTV Motion Pictures
13Rise of The Guardians$12,448-83%3072$41$100,572,85711Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,647-55%189-27$62$291,293,42512Lionsgate / Summit
15Flight$11,455-39%200-63$57$93,652,38014Paramount
16Red Dawn (2012)$7,263-47%153-52$47$44,674,78911FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,953-49%148113$40$13,033,0969FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$2,854-50%121-164$24$34,073,4925Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$12,794-38%90-8$142$12,581,04412Focus
2The Master$4,861-47%28-9$174$16,207,17821Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$4,566-70%520$88$11,085,95642Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,162-69%50-46$63$12,452,8697Paramount
5Taken 2$2,976-45%83-41$36$139,816,33318Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$2,855-51%300$95$21,870,24296Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Sessions$2,735-44%29-33$94$5,912,62016Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$2,019-54%122$168$1,499,84614Entertainment One / RKO
9Hitchcock$1,994-49%44-46$45$5,894,42611Fox Searchlight
10Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,600--2--$800$94,32018Roadside Attractions
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,092-51%37-19$30$17,739,66220Lionsgate / Summit
12LUV$94349%8-13$118$152,4693Indomina Media
13Pitch Perfect$820-67%41-50$20$64,991,61819Universal
14Girls Against Boys$431-52%2--$216$6,5421Anchor Bay Films