'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

DateDayDay no.Top 10 GrossLW%Total Daily GrossTop movie of the day
May 02Sat122$69,969,26190%$72,692,968Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 16Sat136$67,827,84535%$70,995,942Pitch Perfect 2
May 09Sat129$50,386,085-28%$54,184,374Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 23Sat143$52,050,420-23%$54,570,538Tomorrowland
May 15Fri135$60,745,15387%$62,812,802Pitch Perfect 2
May 01Fri121$95,088,705296%$97,347,212Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 22Fri142$43,786,054-28%$45,476,072Tomorrowland
May 08Fri128$32,460,351-66%$34,908,997Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 14Thu134$6,616,016-41%$7,311,673Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 28Thu148$9,480,492-20%$10,085,204Mad Max: Fury Road
May 21Thu141$11,787,05178%$12,454,532Pitch Perfect 2
May 07Thu127$11,284,045181%$12,051,196Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 20Wed140$11,922,83461%$12,599,709Mad Max: Fury Road
May 06Wed126$12,052,985161%$12,853,125Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 27Wed147$10,085,811-15%$10,716,399Mad Max: Fury Road
May 13Wed133$7,384,345-39%$8,214,687Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 26Tue146$13,850,382-11%$14,567,004Mad Max: Fury Road
May 12Tue132$10,032,152-39%$11,010,320Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 19Tue139$15,515,32855%$16,255,509Pitch Perfect 2
May 05Tue125$16,406,085151%$17,319,721Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 25Mon145$37,668,060135%$40,445,179Tomorrowland
May 11Mon131$8,578,177-45%$9,384,730Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 18Mon138$16,032,22687%$16,724,619Mad Max: Fury Road
May 04Mon124$15,656,793209%$16,387,218Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 24Sun144$48,826,4314%$51,256,559Tomorrowland
May 17Sun137$46,877,24427%$48,958,901Pitch Perfect 2
May 03Sun123$58,964,844200%$61,053,689Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 10Sun130$36,924,972-37%$40,000,643Avengers: Age of Ultron