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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200423 (Jun 04 - Jun 06) - 2004$182,027,32417%$188,262,34215%Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
201223 (Jun 08 - Jun 10) - 2012$171,705,11231%$181,592,78032%Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
200823 (Jun 06 - Jun 08) - 2008$169,906,72031%$175,457,00729%Kung Fu Panda
200923 (Jun 05 - Jun 07) - 2009$157,922,721-7%$165,621,667-6%The Hangover
200323 (Jun 06 - Jun 08) - 2003$154,968,77455%$163,794,44350%2 Fast 2 Furious
201423 (Jun 06 - Jun 08) - 2014$153,810,8589%$162,885,9209%The Fault in Our Stars
200623 (Jun 09 - Jun 11) - 2006$144,546,6558%$154,005,0477%Cars
201323 (Jun 07 - Jun 09) - 2013$141,384,924-18%$149,243,427-18%The Purge
200523 (Jun 10 - Jun 12) - 2005$134,335,916-26%$144,118,084-23%Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
201123 (Jun 10 - Jun 12) - 2011$130,872,8309%$137,690,5067%Super 8
200723 (Jun 08 - Jun 10) - 2007$129,421,744-10%$135,761,181-12%Ocean's Thirteen
201023 (Jun 04 - Jun 06) - 2010$120,563,598-24%$128,702,417-22%Shrek Forever After
200223 (Jun 07 - Jun 09) - 2002$99,892,9377%$109,043,30511%The Sum of All Fears
200023 (Jun 09 - Jun 11) - 2000$90,431,56517%$98,661,93914%Gone in 60 Seconds
200123 (Jun 08 - Jun 10) - 2001$93,075,9083%$98,179,7440%Swordfish
199823 (Jun 05 - Jun 07) - 1998$85,101,62935%$88,092,07137%The Truman Show
199923 (Jun 04 - Jun 06) - 1999$77,055,992-9%$86,603,562-2%Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
199623 (Jun 07 - Jun 09) - 1996$76,813,83210%$77,966,0167%The Rock
199523 (Jun 09 - Jun 11) - 1995$69,852,66113%$72,782,10015%Congo
199723 (Jun 06 - Jun 08) - 1997$62,831,721-18%$64,343,133-17%Con Air
199423 (Jun 10 - Jun 12) - 1994$61,792,35520%$63,527,44412%Speed
198423 (Jun 08 - Jun 10) - 1984$60,535,17234%$63,055,95930%Ghostbusters (1984)
199223 (Jun 05 - Jun 07) - 1992$59,384,23529%$61,501,97629%Patriot Games
198923 (Jun 09 - Jun 11) - 1989$57,019,12729%$59,067,35530%Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
199023 (Jun 08 - Jun 10) - 1990$57,555,6111%$58,193,923-1%Another 48 HRS.
199323 (Jun 04 - Jun 06) - 1993$51,372,232-13%$56,631,205-8%Cliffhanger
198323 (Jun 10 - Jun 12) - 1983$45,340,779-3%$48,352,389-2%Return of the Jedi
199123 (Jun 07 - Jun 09) - 1991$46,063,063-20%$47,797,229-18%City Slickers
198823 (Jun 03 - Jun 05) - 1988$44,210,22625%$45,306,14623%Crocodile Dundee II
198523 (Jun 07 - Jun 09) - 1985$41,360,616-32%$42,310,503-33%Rambo: First Blood Part II
198723 (Jun 05 - Jun 07) - 1987$35,363,8196%$36,766,0616%Beverly Hills Cop II
198623 (Jun 06 - Jun 08) - 1986$33,480,897-19%$34,629,169-18%Top Gun