Box Office: ‘San Andreas’ Eyes Seismic $48M Debut; Sony’s ‘Aloha’ BOMBS, Highlight Hollywood News

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Doesn’t everyone on the planet just love Hollywood action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? New Line and Warner Bros.’ San Andreas rocked the Friday box office with $18.2 million, putting it on course for a weekend debut as high as $48 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 Saturday evening was felt in much of the country.)

In San Andreas, Johnson plays a helicopter pilot called upon to execute multiple nick-of-time rescues. Warners and Village Roadshow co-financed and co-produced the $110 million production from Warners’ New Line unit.

 

 

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. Lost‘s Carlton Cuse penned the screenplay from a story by Andre Fabrizio and Jerry Passmore. Also appearing in the film are Carla Gugino and Paul Giamatti.

 

 

 

The film dominated the international market on Friday, grossing $13.5 million from 14,444 screens in 60 markets, cumulatively earning $21.4 million. Mexico debuted Friday with $2.5 million from 2,701 screens; the UK brought in $1.9 million from 840 screens; and $506 thousand from 496 screens in France.

 

Cameron Crowe‘s romantic dramedy Aloha, the weekend’s other new offering, isn’t looking so lucky despite its star-studded cast (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams). The Sony film is pacing to open in the $9 million-$11 million range, the lowest opening of summer to date for a major studio release. That puts it in a close battle with Avengers: Age of Ultron for fifth place, with most giving Ultron the edge.

 

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Elsewhere, Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2 will finish its third weekend with nearly $147 million in domestic ticket sales. For the weekend, it’s set to come in second with an estimated $14.2 million.

 

 

Brad Bird‘s troubled Tomorrowland is seeing another drastic decline of nearly 60 percent in its second weekend with a projected $13.7 million, putting its domestic total at roughly $63 million through Sunday.

 

 

Coming in No. 4 is Mad Max: Fury Road with an estimated $12.7 million in its third weekend. Like Pitch Perfect 2, the movie is holding well and will finish Sunday with a domestic total of $115 million

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Warner Bros.
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