TMI! This San Andreas Star Shares How He Would React to an Earthquake

30 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

All the science ‘San Andreas’ gets wrong, according to a top seismologist.

Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, New Line and Warner Bros.’ San Andreas is recording strong seismic activity at the Friday box office, where it’s tipped to gross $14 million-$16 million for the day on its way to a weekend debut north of $40 million.

Yet Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles mayor, is calling on residents to see San Andreas, a bombastic new action thriller set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, in the hope that it will awaken Californians to the dangers posed by a long overdue “Big One”. “I hope this movie can be a gut check and a visceral reminder to people of the danger from quakes,” Mr Garcetti said, at the film’s Hollywood premiere this week.Dwayne Johnson’s disaster drama “San Andreas” is anything but a disaster, dominating moviegoing at the U.S. box office with early projections showing a $40 million-plus opening weekend. Lucy Jones’ live tweeting during the LA premiere of the earthquake-disaster flick “San Andreas.” (See what we did there?) The United States Geological Survey seismologist and 30-year veteran in the field used her 140 characters to spell out some real scientific mistakes in the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-helmed film.

The earthquake disaster film, which harkens back to the old Irwin Allen disaster flicks of the ’70s, will easily claim the top spot in North America this weekend and should mark Johnson’s top domestic opening outside of the Fast and Furious franchise. The opening of Sony’s “Aloha” is likely to finish the frame at around $12 million, or the mid-range of recent forecasts that have been tamped down as negative buzz surrounds the rom-com — despite the star power of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. “San Andreas” showed respectable drawing power with $3.1 million in latenight shows Thursday, while “Aloha” arrived with a meek $500,000 at 2,275 locations in preview showings. The biggest fail of the movie, however, had nothing to do with the earthquake itself — but rather the tsunami that followed the impossible 9.6 magnitude rattler. “One: It can’t happen at all from the San Andreas [fault],” Jones tells The Post. “Two: It was way too big. Early Friday estimates showed a $16 million opening day for “San Andreas,” which is playing at 3,777 locations, and a Friday total of $4.5 million for “Aloha” at 2,815 site. There’s no way there will ever be a tsunami that hops over the Golden Gate Bridge.” “A tsunami is not a cresting wave — it’s a sudden rise in sea level,” she explains. “And it doesn’t turn off gravity: The water flows back in, it doesn’t sit there.

They had a lot of the water sitting there, and they had to do it for drowning scenes.” And when the all-knowing Paul Giamatti — who plays the role of a seismologist actually based on the career of Jones’ husband Egill Hauksson — accurately predicts the monster quake, the film again strays far from reality. “We haven’t found anything that’s predictive so far, except for earthquake triggering — when one earthquake happens, it triggers another one,” she says. Unfortunately for Sony, “Aloha” began receiving bad buzz late last year when leaked emails from the massive Sony revealed that then-studio Amy Pascal had disparaged the film and its script. “Aloha” represents only a moderate financial risk for the studio since it cost only $37 million. “Aloha” will probably finish in fourth or fifth place behind Disney’s second weekend of George Clooney’s “Tomorrowland” and the third weekend of Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 2.” Warner Bros.’ third weekend of “Mad Max: Fury Road” will likely wind up in the same vicinity as “Aloha.” “Tomorrowland” has been a mild disappointment so far — given its $180 million price tag — earning $42.7 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. “Pitch Perfect 2″ has been a surprise success, topping $130 million in the U.S. in its first 13 days, while “Mad Max” has performed in line with expectations and passed $100 million in that same time frame. In San Andreas, Johnson plays a helicopter pilot called upon to execute multiple nick-of-time rescues in the PG-13 movie that will be playing in 3,777 theaters by Friday, the majority of them 3-D houses. 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.

From Sony, the Hawaii-set Aloha stars Cooper as a military contractor who falls for an Air Force pilot played by Stone, only to encounter a past lover in the form of McAdams. 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.

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