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, Mar. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$3,882,331-66%3,470--$1,119$48,920,7911Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,231,679-77%3,934--$567$34,438,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$1,291,895-68%3,11323$415$53,860,4252Universal
4The LEGO Movie$967,028-70%3,290-480$294$225,845,0255Warner Bros.
5Son of God$860,014-75%3,27111$263$42,734,2442Fox
6Frozen (2013)$277,633-70%1,660-86$167$393,272,30116Disney
7The Monuments Men$273,919-63%2,001-1001$137$70,850,2095Sony / Columbia
83 Days to Kill$273,330-64%2,348-524$116$25,777,4573Relativity Media
9RoboCop (2014)$210,205-64%1,714-1171$123$54,975,0104Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$183,862-67%1,065654$173$53,226,70921Fox Searchlight
11Ride Along$177,985-62%1,323-546$135$130,166,2558Universal
12Pompeii$170,452-60%1,658-1000$103$21,232,1093Sony / TriStar
13About Last Night$165,875-61%1,074-730$154$46,667,7524Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$87,306-62%605-340$144$148,471,47113Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$83,872-68%4960$169$3,572,6573Disney
3Gravity$71,163-69%38444$185$271,885,95923Warner Bros.
4Philomena$68,465-62%670-427$102$35,975,84216Weinstein Company
5The Wolf of Wall Street$58,293-65%359-146$162$115,750,08111Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$49,182-68%31296$158$26,237,72819Focus
7The Nut Job$45,789-55%490-262$93$61,444,7948Open Road
8Lone Survivor$40,120-62%472-545$85$124,167,45111Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$38,030-62%333118$114$257,435,54613Warner Bros. / New Line
10Endless Love (2014)$32,160-57%536-1338$60$23,134,2354Universal
11That Awkward Moment$29,117-38%188-420$155$25,616,9126Focus
12Repentance$26,077-67%1575$166$943,9152Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Her (2013)$22,040-68%155-95$142$25,020,47112Warner Bros.
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,434-55%304-1013$54$127,273,14912Paramount
15Nebraska$15,390-67%180-109$86$17,483,02917Paramount Vantage
16Stalingrad (2014)$14,014-62%143-165$98$883,1302Sony / Columbia
17August: Osage County$13,375-58%196-150$68$37,318,24911Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,583-61%133-65$80$424,098,84316Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$10,292-61%164-31$63$35,903,25512Fox
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$10,190-48%107-260$95$50,108,8948Paramount
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,892-52%133-30$67$58,032,51111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$88,166-65%4--$22,042$899,3321Fox Searchlight
2I, Frankenstein$9,690-59%92-77$105$18,980,0317Lionsgate
3Gloria (2014)$9,565-73%76-26$126$1,788,0437Roadside Attractions
4The Legend Of Hercules$6,520-57%61-28$107$18,827,7999Lionsgate / Summit
5Inside Llewyn Davis$6,103-24%52-13$117$13,220,35814CBS Films
6Labor Day (2013)$5,939-51%84-23$71$13,325,9566Paramount
7The Book Thief$4,310-40%49-24$88$21,349,83518Fox
8Winter's Tale$3,045-57%82-623$37$12,474,0244Warner Bros.
9Free Birds$2,888-76%7426$39$55,728,81819Relativity Media
10Vampire Academy$1,454-55%32-79$45$7,751,6685Weinstein Company
11Grudge Match$1,066-63%45-30$24$29,803,82711Warner Bros.
12Ernest & Celestine$1,010-72%65$168$26,9702GKIDS
13Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$991-64%42-49$24$8,295,31115Weinstein Company
14Highway$369-87%9-71$41$525,3953UTV Motion Pictures