Box Office: ‘San Andreas’ Quakes With $53.2-M Debut, ‘Aloha’ DOA

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: May 31, 2015 Box Office: 'San Andreas' Quakes With $53.2-M Debut, 'Aloha' DOA

Box Office: ‘San Andreas’ Quakes With $53.2-M Debut, ‘Aloha’ DOA


New Line and Warner Bros.’ San Andreas shook the North American box office with $53.2-M after earning an A- CinemaScore from audiences happy to be jolted again and again.

San Andreas rocked the foreign box office too, grossing $60-M from 60 markets for a global debut of $113.2-M.

Melissa McCarthy’s Spy continues to impress in the Asia-Pacific region, where it opened ahead of its 5 June bow in the US. The Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) comedy, directed by Paul Feig, earned another $9-M from 10 markets for an early foreign take of $27.8-M.

San Andreas claimed the top spot worldwide. In San Andreas, star Dwayne 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-M production, from Warners’ New Line unit.

The disaster film teams Johnson with director Brad Peyton, Carlton Cuse wrote the screenplay from a story by Andre Fabrizio and Jerry Passmore. Also appearing in the film are Carla Gugino and Paul Giamatti.

San Andreas skewed slightly female (51%), while 70% of ticket buyers were over the age of 25. Revenue from 3-D locations made up 33% of the box office take.

Cameron Crowe’s romantic dramedy Aloha, the weekend’s other new offering, was not so fortunate at the box office despite its star-studded cast. The film debuted to $10-M, the lowest opening of Summer to date for a major studio release and only enough for a 6th-place box office finish. Females made up 64% of the audience.

Aloha is the 1st of Crowe’s films to be released in Summer. Sony’s financial exposure on the film is minimized by having several partners, including New Regency, LStar Capital and RatPac Entertainment. Fox is handling the film internationally but does not have a financial stake.

The Hawaii-set movie stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who falls for an Air Force pilot played by Emma Stone.  Aloha will have to overcome grim reviews and a B- CinemaScore from audiences, including a C+ among adults over the age 50, who made up 31% of the audience. Those between the ages of 25 and 34 liked it the best, giving it a B+.

Universal’s, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Pitch Perfect 2 finished its 3rd weekend with $14.8-M for a domestic box office total of $147.5-M. Overseas, the box office sensation took in another $10.4-M from 46 markets for an international take of $80.7-M to jump the $200-M mark worldwide with $228.2-M through Sunday.

Brad Bird’s troubled Tomorrowland tumbled 58% to an estimated $13.8-M, putting its 10-day North American box office take at $63.2-M. The $180-M Disney (NYSE:DIS) tentpole came in #3 domestically, while earning $29.3-M overseas from 75 territories for an international take of $70-M and global box office of $133.2-M.

Mad Max: Fury Road placed #4 in its 3rd frame with $13.6-M for a domestic total of $115.9-M.

Rounding out the Top 5 in its 5th weekend was Disney and Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, which took in $10.9-M domestically and another $17.6-M internationally for a world box office total of $1.32-B.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, MGM and Fox 2000’s Poltergeist dove 66% in its 2nd outing to $7.8-M for a North American total of $38.3-M. Internationally, the horror remake took in $6.6-M from 41 markets for a foreign total of $19.1-M and global box office take of $57.4-M.

At the specialty box office

Radius-TWC’s Heaven Knows What, about a young heroin addict on the streets of New York City, debuted to $15,032 in 2 theaters for a screen average of $15,032, the best at the weekend.

Bleecker Street continue its good showing with I’ll See You in My Dreams, a dramedy starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb and Rhea Perlman. Expanding into a total of 85 theaters, the film grossed $516,161 for a screen average of $6,072 and total of $1-M.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.


Paul Ebeling

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Paul Ebeling

Pattern Recognition Analyst, equities, commodities, forex
Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.

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