Grosses

'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, May. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$5,716,351-30%3,996--$1,431$124,500,6291Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$2,109,267-22%3,9520$534$160,584,3322Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$1,353,775-15%3,266-45$415$119,741,0303Universal
4Blended$1,105,159-20%3,555--$311$20,214,5241Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$586,072-20%3,160-831$185$188,425,9814Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$546,232-13%3,0190$181$23,874,4152Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$369,539-10%2,154-900$172$79,385,2705Fox
8Rio 2$224,750-4%1,701-670$132$122,966,9267Fox
9Heaven is for Real$203,410-9%1,720-1173$118$87,016,4546Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$146,375-9%1,373-898$107$254,419,6398Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$230,2458%498426$462$4,707,5503Open Road
2Belle$186,3894%453280$411$4,749,7694Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$95,353-19%861-185$111$9,196,6783Sony / TriStar
4The Railway Man$72,028-6%600417$120$3,769,5007Weinstein Company
5Divergent$71,114-5%644-347$110$148,253,89010Lionsgate / Summit
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,480-2%360-270$193$56,903,56112Fox Searchlight
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$62,085-1%674-1904$92$7,988,9033Clarius Entertainment
8The Immigrant$47,3495%147144$322$731,6392Weinstein Company
9Fed Up$33,15321%10247$325$831,0353RADiUS-TWC
10The LEGO Movie$32,872-3%323-32$102$255,122,56616Warner Bros.
11God's Not Dead$28,433-6%245-535$116$59,648,10410Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Noah$24,656-7%219-67$113$100,694,1019Paramount
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,251-12%286-33$81$109,821,23812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Non-Stop (2014)$14,5356%153-67$95$91,727,55013Universal
15Transcendence$9,885-1%202-113$49$22,871,8286Warner Bros.
16Brick Mansions$9,855-1%168-556$59$20,002,7865Relativity Media
17Oculus$8,033-11%105-35$77$27,556,3017Relativity Media
18Draft Day$7,1001%145-350$49$28,606,6697Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,6589%392$1,017$2,240,9558Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$8,92626%10--$893$131,4291Roadside Attractions
3A Haunted House 2$8,1854%88-36$93$17,207,6596Open Road
4The Hornet's Nest$7,990-15%5740$140$196,9163Freestyle Releasing
5The Quiet Ones$3,988-7%92-249$43$8,465,4205Lionsgate
6Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,2101505%4-4$803$131,6366Rialto Pictures
7300: Rise of an Empire$3,02030%71-84$43$106,576,15212Warner Bros.
8Heropanti$2,754-47%16--$172$46,4911UTV Motion Pictures
9Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,56462%1--$1,564$10,1991Rialto Pictures
10Bad Words$352-24%21-62$17$7,779,16311Focus
112 States$271-43%4-28$68$2,237,7616UTV Motion Pictures
12Blue Ruin$23833%5-19$48$247,8005RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$104108%52$21$268,8848RADiUS-TWC
14Grand D├ępart$710%1--$71$6011Rialto Premieres