More Than A Tremor: ‘San Andreas’ Shatters The Rock’s Box Office Record

June 1, 2015  |  

This was a great weekend for actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Not only did his new action flick San Andreas top the box office, it was also his biggest box office take as the lead actor.

According to Warner Bros., the film took in $53.2 million for its opening weekend at 3,777 locations — and 51 percent of the ticket buyers were women. It was the star himself that was the major draw for all moviegoers. “A majority of those shelling out for San Andreas showed up for The Rock at 38 percent, while 34 percent came out because they adore disaster films,” reports Deadline.

Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman said, “Dwayne Johnson is a major movie star and he’s really coming into his own at the moment and we just happen to have him at the right time. San Andreas is his biggest opening as a solo star, and the film is from original material.”

The box office take for Friday for San Andreas beat the first days and weekends of previous Rock hit films, The Scorpion King ($12.6M Friday/$36.1M FSS), Hercules ($11.05M/$29.8M FSS), and G.I. Joe Retaliation ($15.3M Friday/$40.5M FSS).

Here’s how the weekend at the movies ended up:

San Andreas (WB), 3,777 theaters, weekend total: $53.2M / Wk 1

Pitch Perfect 2 (UNI), 3,660 theaters. weekend total: $14.8M/ Overall total: $147.5M / Wk 3

Tomorrowland (DIS), 3,972 theaters, weekend total: $13.8M/ Overall Total: $63.2M / Wk 2

Mad Max: Fury Road (WB), 3,255 theaters, weekend total: $13.6M/ Overall total: $115.9M / Wk 3

Avengers: Age of Ultron (DIS), 3,228 theaters, weekend total: $10.9M/ Overall total: $427.1M / Wk 5

Aloha (Sony), 2,815 theaters, weekend total: $10M / Wk 1

Poltergeist (Fox/MGM), 3,242 theaters, weekend total: $7.8M/ Overall total: $38.3M / Wk 2

Far From The Madding Crowd (FSL), 902 theaters, weekend total: $1.42M/ Overall total: $8.4M / Wk 5

Hot Pursuit (WB/MGM/NL), 1,446 theaters, weekend total: $1.37M/Overall total: $32.4M / Wk 4

Home (FOX/DW), 1,088 theaters, weekend total: $1.15M/ Overall total: $170.4M / Wk 10

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