Audiences preferred to sit through an earthquake rather than visit Hawaii this week at the box office, giving fan-favorite Dwayne Johnson a major hit in the process.
Coming in first this weekend is the new disaster film San Andreas (read our review), which scored an impressive $53.2 million during its first three days. That figure is far above the modest expectations analysts had going into the weekend, making San Andreas The Rock’s first real solo smash he’s had in his career. This marks the highest non-Fast and Furious debut a film of his has had (not counting a bit part in The Mummy Returns), signaling that he may have finally become the true action star we all thought he could be. For comparison’s sake, last year’s Hercules brought in only $29.8 million in its opening weekend.
It will be interesting to see how well San Andreas holds in the coming weeks, especially with highly-anticipated movies like Jurassic World on the horizon. Even though audiences responded strongly to it, its critical reception left something to be desired, and that could lead some to skip out and wait for the next blockbuster for some CGI spectacle. That said, the film has already crossed $100 million at the worldwide box office, so it’s on its way to profitability for Warner Bros. In all likelihood, it should stick around for a good while, even as the theaters become more crowded.
Coming in at #2 is Pitch Perfect 2, which grossed $14.3 million over the weekend. The Barden Bellas have brought in a nice $147.5 million domestic total so far during the sequel’s theatrical run and has held well over the past few weeks.
Last week’s champion, Tomorrowland, falls to #3 in its second weekend. Brad Bird’s latest made $13.8 million, which is a substantial 58.2 percent drop from its opening weekend numbers. The film has grossed $63.1 million in the States thus far. It has been somewhat more successful in international markets, and the movie has a global total of $133.1 million. However, it still has a long way to go to recoup its $190 million production budget (which doesn’t include marketing costs), so Disney shouldn’t celebrate just yet.
Mad Max: Fury Road is the #4 film with $13.6 million. George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action flick has had a solid run so far, bringing in $115.9 million domestically. Combined with the great international numbers, we may get to see that sequel Miller hopes to make somewhere down the line.
Rounding out the top five is Avengers: Age of Ultron with $10.9 million. The superhero sequel has brought in $427 million domestically, and is now the 6th highest-grossing film of all-time thanks to its $1.3 billion global total.
The #6 film this weekend is Aloha (read our review), with a weak $10 million, which is even lower than Cameron Crowe’s infamous flop, Elizabethtown. The film wasn’t done any favors by the awful critical reception, which seemed to matter more to casual audiences than its appealing star-studded cast, which included the likes of Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. Due to the word-of-mouth, it seems unlikely Aloha will be able to bounce back and become a commercially viable project, meaning Crowe will have to wait until next time for his hopeful comeback movie.
In at #7 is Poltergeist, which plummeted 65.5 percent from its opening weekend numbers to make $7.8 million in its second weekend. The horror remake clearly wasn’t on many people’s radars, and given the poor reception it got, it isn’t surprising it fell so hard so quickly. What makes matters worse is that its estimated production budget was $62 million, and Poltergeist has only brought in $46.5 million worldwide to date, meaning Fox may have to take a loss on this investment.
Far From the Madding Crowd is the #8 film with $1.4 million. The film is now at $8.3 million domestically.
The #9 movie this week is Hot Pursuit, which made $1.3 million. The comedy has made $32.3 million Stateside.
Finishing off the top ten is DreamWorks Animation’s Home, which is still going strong after 10 weeks in theaters. The family film made $1.1 million over the weekend and is at $170.4 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, June 1 – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo