San Andreas is Heading for a Strong $40 Million Opening Weekend

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Warner Bros.’ “San Andreas” is expected to finish strong at the box office with an estimated $40 million opening weekend. 

The earthquake disaster film pulled in $3.1 million in the Thursday night pre-showings and grossed more than $16 million on Friday, making it a strong contender to top the weekend with a projected $40 million. That is right above with Dwayne Johnson’s other films with great debut weekends such as The Scorpion King ($36.1 million) and Hercules ($29.8 million). It may fell short of his 2013 action thriller G.I. Joe: Retaliation which grossed $40.5 million in the opening weekend. 

San Andreas features Alexandra Daddario and Carla Gugino in the lead roles alongside Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock. The film follows the story of a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) who attempts to navigate through the destruction created by a massive earthquake of magnitude 9 to find and rescue his daughter in San Francisco alongside his estranged wife. The film is made with a budget of around $100 million and is filled remarkbale 3D special effects.

Cameron Crowe’s romantic drama “Aloha”, which is the other new offering of the week, did not went off to a good start despite having a star-studded cast (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams). The film generated a modest $500,000 in its limited showings on Thursday night at 2,275 locations and is on its way to make a debut weekend somewhere around $8 to $12 million.

Aloha is likely to finish this weekend at fifth place behind Disney’s “Tomorrowland”, Universals’ musical comedy “Pitch Perfect 2 and Warner Bros. Mad Max: Fury Road.

“Tomorrowland” is expected to earn $42.7 million over the weekend, which is a disappointment indeed given its $170 budget. “Pitch Perfect 2” racked in around $130 million at U.S. box office earlier this week while “Mad Max: Fury Road” has gone past $100 million mark.

Source: Variety

Originally posted in i4u News

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