'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 Fri, Sep. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$6,974,348--3,260--$2,139$6,974,3481Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$4,678,235290%3,155106$1,483$51,033,4952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$2,112,962123%3,0910$684$20,753,4842Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$1,423,145--2,008--$709$1,423,1451Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$1,348,243198%3,003-235$449$134,854,5407Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,164,954128%2,931-308$397$103,313,0686Weinstein Company
9Elysium$406,01695%1,392-328$292$89,729,7257Sony / TriStar
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$402,805336%1,473-165$273$62,874,6167Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$306,120273%1,706-594$179$27,626,1104Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$286,140375%1,004-2$285$359,656,54012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$178,741104%1,047-529$171$30,183,2725Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,372,960350%97845$1,404$29,934,6854Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$754,761--318--$2,373$754,7611Warner Bros.
3The World's End$210,85273%833-410$253$24,718,1655Focus
42 Guns$191,760111%752-156$255$74,009,4258Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$168,999--269--$628$168,9991Roadside Attractions
6The Conjuring$129,543164%561-115$231$136,337,14110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$127,524173%462-78$276$130,554,3269Fox
8The Spectacular Now$111,30254%571-199$195$6,130,3688A24
9This Is The End$99,12329%527-806$188$100,874,48315Sony / Columbia
10Turbo$90,149277%333-20$271$81,319,48410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Smurfs 2$87,363--596-97$147$69,138,0348Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$81,996204%310-26$265$158,482,12813Fox
13Grown Ups 2$69,782--258-36$270$131,151,08111Sony / Columbia
14The Grandmaster$65,45924%473-232$138$6,121,8765Weinstein Company
15In a World...$65,194158%1440$453$2,235,3917Roadside Attractions
16The Way, Way Back$62,446136%324-97$193$21,015,06412Fox Searchlight
17Getaway$60,04217%515-863$117$10,266,8704Warner Bros.
18You're Next$58,07037%532-578$109$18,176,9795Lionsgate
19Salinger$53,4561267%138134$387$229,3453Weinstein Company
20World War Z$51,57097%203-77$254$202,000,54114Paramount
21Pacific Rim$46,616144%202-52$231$101,323,92211Warner Bros.
22The Ultimate Life$31,69333%184-228$172$1,196,6053High Top Releasing
23Red 2$31,657186%178-31$178$52,704,71110Lionsgate / Summit
24Kick-Ass 2$28,14526%201-142$140$28,679,3556Universal
26Jobs$25,08032%152-87$165$15,987,3556Open Road
27Now You See Me$23,955121%133-38$180$117,641,70417Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$12,08017%103-34$117$15,930,76011Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$10,603-57%105-308$101$5,707,5644Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rush (2013)$65,571--5--$13,114$65,5711Universal
2Enough Said$62,752141%4--$15,688$116,4861Fox Searchlight
3Paranoia$21,017527%8817$239$7,289,2976Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$11,364--20--$568$11,3641Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$7,79175%205$390$86,1563Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$6,626344%20-10$331$5,279,6267UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$4,096--3--$1,365$4,0961Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$3,791113%236$165$1,672,61114Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,44987%184$136$4,297,19016Roadside Attractions
10Afternoon Delight$1,592--12-27$133$171,0364The Film Arcade
11Satyagraha$1,363-24%9-26$151$732,8304UTV Motion Pictures
12Passion$76813%4-8$192$90,0764eOne Films US
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$558-28%6-5$93$12,9752Anchor Bay Films
14Savannah$363-21%4-2$91$35,9145Ketchup Entertainment
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$204--1--$204$2041Anchor Bay Films
16Stories We Tell$198321%51$40$1,596,22420Roadside Attractions