Box office: ‘San Andreas’ shakes up box office with $53.2 million

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Box Office: ‘San Andreas’ Scores Seismic $53.2M Debut; ‘Aloha’ Bombs.

Audiences were more than happy to see California nearly fall off the map this weekend, with the earthquake disaster movie “San Andreas” easily taking first place with an estimated $53.2 million. LOS ANGELES – Dwayne Johnson became a bona fide movie star over the weekend, powering his “San Andreas” disaster thriller to a better-than-expected $53.2 million in North American ticket sales.The Warner Bros. film, co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures, stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a helicopter pilot who is searching for his daughter during a massive earthquake.Dwayne Johnson’s “San Andreas” has delivered a dominating $53.2 million opening weekend at 3,777 U.S. locations, soaring past recent forecasts of a $40 million launch for the Warner Bros.

The earthquake movie starring Dwayne Johnson pulled in $53.2 million at theaters in the U.S and Canada, Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in an e-mailed statement.-New Line 3D disaster pic. “San Andreas” took in more than five times as much as the $10 million opening of Sony’s romantic comedy “Aloha,” which arrived at 2,815 sites amid extensive negative buzz — despite the star power of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.

It easily beat the other new release of the week, the Sony Pictures romance “Aloha,” which opened in sixth place with sales of $10 million, and the returning films “Tomorrowland” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” Disaster pictures have been a popular genre for studios for generations, bolstered in recent years by special-effects technology. Dwayne Johnson stars in the movie as a rescue pilot who springs into action when the San Andreas fault line ruptures and sets off cataclysmic natural disasters across the country. Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer noted that “Aloha” received a B+ CinemaScore among adults 25-34; the audience was 64% female with 57% of the audience over 30. “San Andreas” underlines Johnson’s drawing power in the wake of being a key component of Universal’s “Furious 7″ and its $1.5 billion worldwide gross.

He’s been front and center in the promotion for “San Andreas” as a heroic helicopter pilot seeking to rescue his daughter, played by Alexandra Daddario, amid the rubble of a mega-quake. The disaster film teams Johnson with director Brad Peyton, who also guided the actor through 2012’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and producer Beau Flynn, who produced both Journey 2 and Johnson’s 2014 Hercules. Joe: Retaliation”) have been successful, but attempts to veer toward the family audience (“The Tooth Fairy,” “Race to Witch Mountain”) were busts and previous solo action gigs (“Hercules,” “Snitch”) did not go much better. “San Andreas,” which cost the New Line unit of Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow about $110 million to make, split the difference and audiences responded: The flagrantly over-the-top movie finds Mr.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, noted that “San Andreas” gained momentum throughout the weekend due to the film delivering what he called “pure popcorn movie excitement.” He added, “Johnson is clearly one of the most bankable stars working today. Opening-weekend audiences gave “San Andreas” a strong “A-“ grade, according to the market research firm CinemaScore. “Aloha” got a “B-.”

The weekend’s only other new wide-release film, Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” (Sony) was not able to crack the top five, taking in a sad $10 million. Released by Sony Pictures, the film follows a defense contractor named Brian (Bradley Cooper) after he falls in love with an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone). It took in $29.3 million from 75 markets, including $13.8 million from its first six days in China, to lift international grosses to $70 million. “Tomorrowland” edged Warner’s third weekend of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which motored to $13.6 million at 3,255 sites. Indiewire’s movie critic called it “shockingly bad” and a Variety movie critic said it is “unbalanced, unwieldy, and at times nearly unintelligible.” It garnered a paltry 17% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Produced by Crowe and Scott Rudin, Aloha — which at one point was penciled in for a December 2014 release but was then moved into 2015 — cost at least $37 million after rebates. It has already had to withstand critical comments from former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, which were exposed in emails made public as part of the Sony hack. Overseas, the box-office sensation took in another $10.4 million from 46 markets for an international cume of $80.7 million to jump the $200 million mark worldwide with $228.2 million through Sunday.

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