‘San Andreas’ Lays the Smackdown on the Weekend Box Office

By May 31, 2015

This weekend, The Rock hit the ring once again at the box office, and decisively laid waste to the competition with a People’s Elbow.

According to Variety, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s action disaster vehicle San Andreas took the top spot at movie theaters this weekend, raking in an estimated $53.2 million. Recent forecasts had placed the film in $40 million territory, but anticipation by audiences was apparently underestimated. Once again, Johnson proves that he’s a potent force at the box office, as also proven again earlier this year with the release of Universal’s Furious 7. While a figure of the film’s production budget has yet to be recorded, the estimated $40 million take was considered very healthy for the film, so analysts and the studio are likely very pleased with the outcome as it’s taken shape.

Although critical reception for the film has been decidedly mixed — garnering only a 48% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes — audiences seem to be more enthusiastic than critics have been, evidenced by the fact that San Andreas has earned an above average grade of “A-” from CinemaScore. Reviews seem to emphasize the film’s focus on action and special effects over characters and plot, but the film seems to be delivering to audiences one of the first pure and major popcorn movies of the year.

The top 5 at the box office this week were all rounded out by returning films, with Pitch Perfect 2 in second place with about $14.4 million, Tomorrowland dropping to third place with $13.8 million, Mad Max: Fury Road in fourth place with $13.6 million, and Avengers: Age of Ultron in fifth place with $10.9 million. This week’s other major new release, Aloha, debuted in sixth place with an even $10 million.

Dwayne Johnson’s plate is pretty full for the next stretch of time, including upcoming roles in next summer’s Central Intelligence opposite Kevin Hart, and a voice role in Disney Animation Studios’ Moana as the demigod Maui. He’s also attached to the DC Comics property Shazam!, allegedly as the title character’s arch enemy, the anti-hero Black Adam.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Johnson

    All I can think of watching the trailer was “2012 with better CGI! I’ll never get that 158 minutes back, I’d put a curse on John Cusack if it wasn’t for Grosse Pointe Blank & Being John Malkovich!!

  • tommymadden3

    best action packed movie i’v seen in a while, but that’s all it is, action packed..

    • Jane Keating

      Yeahhh, that’s not my kind of movie at all!

  • Thomas Kelly

    the rock has really turned into a massive movie superstar! I much preferred him back in the WWF days though..

  • Daniel

    Finally just saw San Andreas! Its so worth it, wish i’d seen it sooner lol