San Andreas Shakes Up Box Office With $53 Million Weekend

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Box office report: San Andreas makes waves at the box office with $53 million opening.

San Andreas earned more than $53 million to take the top spot at the box office during its opening weekend, marking the largest ever opening for Dwayne Johnson outside the Fast & Furious franchise.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.

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.

Despite poor critical reception, Johnson’s disaster movie easily beat second-place finisher Pitch Perfect 2, which earned $14.8 million in its third weekend in theaters, according to estimates from box office tracker Rentrak.-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 starpower of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer noted that “Aloha,” launched as a counterprogrammer to “San Andreas,” 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.

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. Even with so-so reviews (it’s only got a 49 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), San Andreas still managed to destroy its competition this weekend, and it suggests there’s still room for an old-school disaster flick (without aliens or monsters) in the summer box-office race. He’s been front and center in the promotion for “San Andreas,” where he plays a heroic helicopter pilot seeking to rescue his daughter, played by Alexandra Daddario, amid the rubble of a mega-quake. San Andreas’ performance marks a stark contrast to last weekend’s Tomorrowland opening, when the Disney action-adventure story fell short of initial predictions and only brought in $33 million over the three-day period.

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.” “Johnson is clearly one of the most bankable stars working today,” he added. “Johnson’s versatility, charisma, humor and his imposing physical presence on the big screen has made him the go-to guy for filmmakers looking to ratchet up the excitement level and drawing power of their films.” “San Andreas,” which also stars Carla Gugino and Paul Giamatti, earned an impressive A- CinemaScore from audiences, with 70% coming from the over-25 demo. Village Roadshow Pictures co-financed and co-produced “San Andreas” with Warners for $110 million, with most of the film lensing in Australia to take advantage of government incentives. 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. Even big names like Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, and Emma Stone couldn’t propel Aloha to a bigger box office debut, and EW’s own Chris Lee wrote about the odd choice to cast Stone as an Asian-American.

The comedy sequel, which carries a modest $29 million price tag, has outperformed expectations with a total of $147.5 million in 17 days in the U.S. with another $80 million-plus internationally. 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. Disney-Marvel’s fifth weekend of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finished fifth, ahead of “Aloha,” with $10.9 million at 3,228 sites, declining 50%.

The tentpole has hit $427.1 million — passing “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” for the 10th spot on the all-time list of top domestic grossers. “Ultron” took in $17.6 million overseas to push its international total to $894 million and its worldwide take to $1.32 billion, the sixth highest total of all time.

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