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.
|Date||Day||Day no.||Top 10 Gross||LW%||Total Daily Gross||Top movie of the day|
|May 02||Sat||122||$69,969,261||90%||$72,692,968||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 16||Sat||136||$67,827,845||35%||$70,995,942||Pitch Perfect 2|
|May 09||Sat||129||$50,386,085||-28%||$54,184,374||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 15||Fri||135||$60,745,153||87%||$62,812,802||Pitch Perfect 2|
|May 01||Fri||121||$95,088,705||296%||$97,347,212||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 08||Fri||128||$32,460,351||-66%||$34,908,997||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 14||Thu||134||$6,616,016||-41%||$7,311,673||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 28||Thu||148||$9,480,492||-20%||$10,085,204||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|May 21||Thu||141||$11,787,051||78%||$12,454,532||Pitch Perfect 2|
|May 07||Thu||127||$11,284,045||181%||$12,051,196||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 20||Wed||140||$11,922,834||61%||$12,599,709||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|May 06||Wed||126||$12,052,985||161%||$12,853,125||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 27||Wed||147||$10,085,811||-15%||$10,716,399||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|May 13||Wed||133||$7,384,345||-39%||$8,214,687||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 26||Tue||146||$13,850,382||-11%||$14,567,004||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|May 12||Tue||132||$10,032,152||-39%||$11,010,320||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 19||Tue||139||$15,515,328||55%||$16,255,509||Pitch Perfect 2|
|May 05||Tue||125||$16,406,085||151%||$17,319,721||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 11||Mon||131||$8,578,177||-45%||$9,384,730||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 18||Mon||138||$16,032,226||87%||$16,724,619||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|May 04||Mon||124||$15,656,793||209%||$16,387,218||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 17||Sun||137||$46,877,244||27%||$48,958,901||Pitch Perfect 2|
|May 03||Sun||123||$58,964,844||200%||$61,053,689||Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|May 10||Sun||130||$36,924,972||-37%||$40,000,643||Avengers: Age of Ultron|