Can you smell what Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is cooking? New Line and Warner Bros.’ San Andreas rocked the North American box office this weekend with a better-than-expected $53.2 million after earning an A- CinemaScore from audiences happy to be jolted again and again. (In real life, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hundreds of miles off the coast of Japan on Saturday evening was felt in much of the country.)
San Andreas also rocked the foreign box office, grossing an impressive $60 million from 60 markets for a global bow of $113.2 million. Earthquake-prone Mexico led overseas with $10 million, the top opening of all time in that country for a disaster movie and the second-biggest debut for a Warners title.
Also Melissa McCarthy‘s Spy continued to impress in the Asia-Pacific region, where it opened ahead of its June 5 debut in the U.S. and the rest of the world. The Fox comedy, directed by Paul Feig, earned another $9 million from 10 markets for an early foreign total of $27.8 million, including $11.4 in South Korea.
Cameron Crowe‘s romantic dramedy Aloha, the weekend’s other new offering, was a bomb for Sony Pictures despite its star-studded cast (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams). The film debuted to $10 million, the lowest opening of summer to date for a major studio release and only enough for a sixth-place finish. Females made up 64 percent of the audience.