Disaster movie one-upmanship is a time-honored tradition in Hollywood. We’ve had seasons with two volcano movies (Volcano and Dante’s Peak), two giant asteroid flicks (Armageddon and Deep Impact) and even dueling White House-in-peril-actioners (White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen). But when it comes to earthquakes devouring the west coast, it’s gonna be hard to top the seismic impact of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s San Andreas.
Opening with an earth-shaking $54.5M, Andreas easily joins the ranks of the top 10 disaster movie openings of all time. It’s also Johnson’s best-performing non-ensemble opening weekend ever. With trembles felt around the world to the tune of a total worldwide haul of $114.5M, Andreas should keep audiences stocking up on bottled water and batteries as aftershocks ripple through the box office for weeks to come. In other words, find a doorway and hang on for dear life, because this Rock-quake is just getting started!
Also opening over the weekend was Sony’s Aloha which landed in sixth place with $9.6M. The latest romantic comedy from Oscar-winning writer-director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Say Anything), Aloha pairs recent Oscar-nominees Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone with Rachel McAdams and the beautiful scenery of Hawaii for what some fans are already calling “Jerry McQuire in the tropics.” And though Sony no doubt hoped for a splashier debut – especially with that stellar cast! – Aloha opened bigger than Crowe’s previous effort, the Matt Damon-Scarlett Johansson comedy We Bought A Zoo (which debuted with $9.3M and went on to gross $120.1M worldwide in 2011). So, a glorious Hawaiian sunset may still be in the offing for the title a little further down the Kealia Trail.
In indie news, this past weekend also saw the debut of the quirky, Sundance rom-com Results. The latest “lo-fi” effort from Andrew Bujalski, the unofficial “Godfather of Mumblecore” – an indie sub-genre characterized by micro budgets, authentic, lived-in locales and naturalistic, semi-improvised performances – Results stars Guy Pearce, and How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders as a workout guru and fitness trainer, respectively, embroiled in a romantic triangle with Kevin Corrigan. Results took in a healthy $17.7K on only three screens over the weekend, which is even more remarkable considering the fact that the film has been making the rounds on the festival circuit and streaming online since March. Whew, talk about a high impact workout!
Complete Box Office Results – May 29 – 31, 2015
|1. San Andreas/Warner Bros.||$54.5M|
|2. Pitch Perfect 2/Universal||$14.8M/$147.5M|
|4. Mad Max: Fury Road/Warner Bros.||$14.1M/$116.4M|
|5. Avengers: Age of Ultron/Disney||$11.4M/$427.5M|
|8. Far from the Madding Crowd/Fox Searchlight||$1.4M/$8.4M|
|9. Hot Pursuit/Warner Bros.||$1.4M/$32.3M|