'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 Sat, Aug. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$6,991,64546%3,110177$2,248$47,039,5212Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$5,583,68638%3,445120$1,621$87,866,0193Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$3,764,61620%3,118--$1,207$11,643,1631Sony / Screen Gems
5The World's End$3,125,185-11%1,551--$2,015$6,640,0391Focus
6Elysium$2,897,32843%2,913-371$995$66,872,5243Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$2,502,592-16%2,437--$1,027$5,487,7971Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,292,39352%2,730-350$840$46,944,3233Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$1,766,98530%2,9455$600$21,274,8202Universal
102 Guns$1,454,39049%1,841-630$790$64,424,2904Universal
11Jobs$1,195,00131%2,3810$502$11,248,2992Open Road
12The Smurfs 2$1,173,25756%1,852-497$634$61,742,9734Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$1,100,57554%1,402-416$785$349,916,0158Universal
14The Wolverine$1,077,05250%1,449-609$743$124,390,3945Fox
15The Conjuring$919,19741%1,355-646$678$131,181,8186Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$552,64726%2,4590$225$5,928,7502Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$417,84048%620-621$674$128,744,5247Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$278,61565%470-289$593$78,589,7906Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Heat$248,29845%409-282$607$156,267,6529Fox
4The Spectacular Now$237,07326%15499$1,539$1,709,8944A24
5The Way, Way Back$181,65947%302-155$602$18,526,0668Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$174,79447%260-184$672$99,066,4137Warner Bros.
7Chennai Express$170,99158%144-46$1,187$4,579,0983UTV Motion Pictures
8Man of Steel$154,67552%303-62$510$290,132,37711Warner Bros.
9Red 2$152,88248%389-326$393$51,514,8916Lionsgate / Summit
10Now You See Me$142,13543%246112$578$116,338,40713Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$134,75647%239-68$564$198,766,66210Paramount
12White House Down$118,63250%229122$518$72,357,4179Sony / Columbia
13Fruitvale Station$117,12943%392-85$299$15,108,0117Weinstein Company
15Star Trek Into Darkness$46,29058%144-66$321$227,347,08215Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$125,38356%7538$1,672$654,2963Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$53,37337%7--$7,625$92,2291Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$23,52078%98-43$240$238,534,62514Universal
4This Is The End$18,60536%38-20$490$96,757,72711Sony / Columbia
5The Croods$17,89090%69-45$259$187,060,89423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Unfinished Song$6,40115%27-16$237$1,605,76310Weinstein Company
7Savannah$6,2057%14--$443$11,9981Ketchup Entertainment
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,8855%27-9$181$4,249,05012Roadside Attractions
9Mud$3,64253%16-12$228$21,580,01518Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$2,12913%2-2$1,065$27,1742Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$1,60498%6-2$267$1,581,96416Roadside Attractions
12The Bling Ring$1,502154%7-11$215$5,831,14011A24
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,2272%1--$1,227$20,3725Rialto Pictures
14Pain and Gain$86618%22-64$39$49,874,33018Paramount
15Inch'Allah$72532%21$363$457,5292eOne Films US
16Girl Most Likely$36541%1-1$365$1,375,8166Roadside Attractions