'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, Sep. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$756,438-18%3,3300$227$93,744,2294Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$637,401-17%3,4450$185$125,600,6685Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$304,528-18%2,241-298$136$86,061,7535Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$222,865-16%1,520-33$147$22,472,6683Focus
6This Is The End$203,004-14%2,1612127$94$99,474,53813Sony / Columbia
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$157,523-25%2,519-599$63$28,371,4833Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$151,231-23%2,1355$71$9,171,6702Warner Bros.
102 Guns$128,150-15%1,165-246$110$72,467,6956Universal
11You're Next$121,221-15%1,902-535$64$17,293,1753Lionsgate
12One Direction: This Is Us$114,679-40%2,7350$42$24,371,3482Sony / TriStar
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$100,402-26%2,045-348$49$60,110,2145Fox
14Despicable Me 2$63,010-20%1,050-234$60$357,768,32510Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$460,252-10%717369$642$21,917,9612Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$101,794-14%80455$127$5,271,8383Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$94,158-14%8700$108$5,307,0102Focus
4The Spectacular Now$68,9802%41530$166$4,971,0836A24
5The Wolverine$61,569-21%698-290$88$129,607,5657Fox
6The Conjuring$53,159-12%716-187$74$135,355,2748Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$49,650-29%662-984$75$28,263,3704Universal
8Jobs$41,312-23%502-800$82$15,652,8374Open Road
9The Way, Way Back$40,778-4%550-104$74$20,524,88610Fox Searchlight
10The Ultimate Life$40,374-21%412--$98$792,8891High Top Releasing
11World War Z$39,713-10%374-873$106$201,480,80012Paramount
12The Smurfs 2$31,735-31%949-417$33$68,284,3986Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$30,280-12%350-43$87$157,986,71111Fox
14In a World...$28,4261%10211$279$1,745,6035Roadside Attractions
15Pacific Rim$26,575-17%307-94$87$100,944,2269Warner Bros.
16Monsters University$25,277-8%596-1293$42$265,067,07012Disney
17Turbo$21,880-1%358-80$61$80,680,4028Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$16,125-3%205-34$79$117,433,60415Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$12,67212%188-106$67$15,794,6309Weinstein Company
20Red 2$12,520-21%250-11$50$52,483,8608Lionsgate / Summit
22Man of Steel$9,1551%201-83$46$290,951,71113Warner Bros.
23Paranoia$5,412-43%178-214$30$7,212,8794Relativity Media
24Star Trek Into Darkness$5,176-14%106-852$49$228,773,45017Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,769-4%4--$1,692$107,2291Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$6,263-51%79-4$79$696,0102UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$3,528-47%53-40$67$5,233,4925UTV Motion Pictures
4Populaire$2,28921%3--$763$21,3431Weinstein Company
6Passion$1,9483%13-1$150$77,3302eOne Films US
7Unfinished Song$1,83134%214$87$1,652,08312Weinstein Company
8Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,754100%1--$1,754$12,1861Rialto Pictures
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,66819%196$88$4,283,41414Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$840-27%9--$93$1,594,04718Roadside Attractions
11Savannah$46448%50$93$30,7983Ketchup Entertainment
12The Servant (2013 re-issue)$287116%1-1$287$37,2027Rialto Pictures
13Mud$18525%4-2$46$21,589,88720Roadside Attractions
14Girl Most Likely$99450%2--$50$1,378,5758Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$92100%10$92$34,9904Freestyle Releasing