'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 Thu, May. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$3,556,110-3%3,279--$1,085$65,525,2051Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,936,763-6%4,3240$448$155,366,6372Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$810,4144%3,30668$245$65,364,1933Fox
4Heaven is for Real$512,403-1%3,048118$168$77,848,5414Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$403,386-4%2,701-478$149$246,868,2466Disney
6Rio 2$311,83712%2,973-341$105$114,251,3255Fox
7Moms' Night Out$293,86432%1,044--$281$5,427,4321Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$222,9197%2,658--$84$4,607,0211Clarius Entertainment
9God's Not Dead$125,2321%1,000-330$125$58,186,3528Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Divergent$119,205-14%1,233-406$97$145,625,0008Lionsgate / Summit
12Brick Mansions$118,016-20%1,954-693$60$19,103,8463Relativity Media
13The Quiet Ones$33,740-33%1,133-894$30$8,196,3393Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$159,8503%770-114$208$54,436,80610Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$62,057-5%820-534$76$28,023,6195Lionsgate / Summit
3The Railway Man$47,1700%18117$261$2,444,3785Weinstein Company
5The LEGO Movie$37,6063%401181$94$253,817,65214Warner Bros.
6Transcendence$29,820-13%515-1260$58$22,355,8894Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$24,196-21%526-802$46$16,967,2244Open Road
8Oculus$22,402-18%410-474$55$27,349,8705Relativity Media
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$20,7378%357-53$58$108,998,30010Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Non-Stop (2014)$16,4500%23618$70$91,171,10511Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$9,1213%191-44$48$106,206,84610Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$52,0354%4541$1,156$827,2982Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,71237%36-1$1,353$1,690,6156Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Chef$22,7139%6--$3,786$282,8731Open Road
4Blue Ruin$7,4167%611$122$229,8163RADiUS-TWC
52 States$4,486-37%59-37$76$2,185,7274UTV Motion Pictures
6Decoding Annie Parker$3,700-11%2-11$1,850$48,3902eOne Films US
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,506-58%2917$121$110,4384Rialto Pictures
83 Days to Kill$2,54611%42-22$61$30,697,99912Relativity Media
9Sabotage (2014)$2,32911%51-9$46$10,508,5187Open Road
10Son of God$1,90335%68-58$28$59,673,27411Fox
11Bad Words$1,326-9%29-11$46$7,742,9959Focus
12Joe (2014)$1,170-7%23-16$51$369,5635Roadside Attractions
13The Hornet's Nest$690-38%4--$173$30,4871Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$61428%13-9$47$37,704,00325Weinstein Company
15Watermark$368-20%5-6$74$84,4646eOne Films US
16Gloria (2014)$287-17%7-2$41$2,107,92516Roadside Attractions
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2513%10$251$44,80614Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$172-12%6-9$29$266,2116RADiUS-TWC