Box Office Wrap Up: 5/29/15 – 5/31/15
San Andreas Rocks the Box Office for $53 Million
Despite negative critical reviews, San Andreas exceeded expectations by hauling in 53.2 million this weekend. Fan reactions were positive as Cinemascore gave it an A-, and Rotten Tomatoes audience score was 64% as opposed to the critics 48%.
Chalk it up to the public’s opinion of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The charisma that propelled him into becoming a massive wrestling star is clearly translating to film as well. His exposure in Furious 7 and Tommorowland being a Box Office dud certainly played their part in San Andreas success, but this film has cemented him as a summer blockbuster leading man.
Aloha failed to make waves as the only other wide release this weekend taking in 10 million, falling short of it’s 14 million forecast. Critical response wasn’t just bad as it was “shockingly bad“, prompting Sony to release the first 8 minutes of the film online to combat the negative reviews. Much like the trailer, it failed to convey any sense of what the movie was about.
Unlike San Andreas, Aloha caters towards an adult audience that takes a critic’s reviews more seriously when spending their hard-earned dollar. It also doesn’t help that the chairperson of the studio pans the film as well. From the infamous Sony Pictures Entertainment hack Co Chairwoman Amy Pascal says this of Aloha:
At a reported 40 million to make this isn’t a complete disaster for Sony, but for director Cameron Crowe, a couple of decades removed from his biggest successes, this may be quite costly.
Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect 2 held the No. 2 spot taking an additional $14.8 million in its third weekend. The sequel, which stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow, cost just $29 million to make. Taking in a domestic haul of $147.5 million and $228.2 million worldwide.
Disney’s Tomorrowland saw ticket sales drop a brutal 58% from its disatorous weekend but still finished third. The theme park inspired film added $13.8 million to its total domestic total, now about $63.2 million.
Mad Max: Fury Road came in fourth with $13.6 million. The latest film of this post-apocalptic franchise maintains an outstanding 98% positive rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a B-plus grade from audience members polled by CinemaScore.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” rounded out the top five with $10.9 million. The film has made $427.1 million domestically since its release May 1.
1. San Andreas – $53.2 million
2. Pitch Perfect 2 – $14.4 million
3. Tomorrowland – $13.8 million
4. Mad Max: Fury Road – $13.6 million
5. The Avengers: Age of Ultron – $10.9 million
6. Aloha – $10 million
7. Poltergeist – $7.8 million
8. Far from the Madding Crowd – $1.4 million
9. Hot Pursuit – $1.4 million
10. Home – $1.2 million