Dwayne Johnson’s ‘San Andreas’ Rocks the Box Office


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson rode his earthquake film San Andreas to a rattling box-office win, taking $53.2 million in its opening weekend.

Massive tremors might have laid waste to Los Angeles and the West Coast in the disaster movie, but the rousing San Andreas success has only built up Johnson’s already-formidable Hollywood career.

“It took a natural disaster to create a career highlight for Dwayne Johnson,” says Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger. “He’s now scored his biggest opening weekend as a solo star.”

The Brad Peyton-directed San Andreas crumbled under reviewer scrutiny, with a weak 49% critical approval rating on survey site RottenTomatoes.com.

However, the story of a rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) battling earthquakes and a tsunami to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) resonated with viewers, who scored it an A- on CinemaScore.com.

Johnson is also part of the all-star ensemble in Furious 7, which continues to ride high at the box office, finishing in 11th place for the weekend. The action flick added nearly $1 million in North America for its whopping worldwide box-office total of $1.5 billion, according to studio estimates.

Meanwhile, the all-star cast behind Aloha wasn’t enough to propel the film written and directed by Cameron Crowe. The romantic dramedy starring Bradley Cooper as a military contractor returning to Hawaii also featured Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone,Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray.

Aloha landed with a thud at No. 6 in its opening weekend with $10 million. Critics dumped on the film, giving it a dire 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences graded it a so-so B- on CinemaScore.

“The movie had a great cast on paper. But the critics tore it apart and it had a tough weekend,” says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Rentrak. “Aloha just didn’t resonate with the general audience.”

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SOURCE: USA Today- Bryan Alexander

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