Weekend box office: San Andreas is on top while Aloha struggles

For all the success The Rock has found in sequels (FAST FIVE, GI JOE: RETALIATION, JOURNEY 2), he hasn’t fared so well at the weekend box office when he tries to do something on his own.  But then again, he’s never done a big, summer disaster movie, so it’s not too surprising that SAN ANDREAS is his first legitimate hit without the safety net of an established franchise.  The Rock was already a huge star, but now that he’s established he can carry a film like SAN ANDREAS, all bets are off on what he’ll do next.  What’s even better is that critics are praising him in the film, even if they didn’t really like the film itself.  Speaking of critics, they were not so kind to Cameron Crowe’s latest, ALOHA, which is severely disappointing.  Crowe had a lot going for him in this film, including a stellar cast led by Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, but it seems like he couldn’t put everything together.  I actually liked WE BOUGHT A ZOO and ELIZABETHTOWN, but even I have to admit that it’s getting hard defending him.  The greatness of ALMOST FAMOUS and JERRY MAGUIRE can only last so long.

Next week sees the release of the ENTOURAGE movie, which just makes my soul ache every time I see a trailer or commercial for it.  Hopefully audiences will speak up and avoid it, but I’m guessing it will do well.  We also get the Melissa McCarthy comedy SPY, which doesn’t look much better and will probably struggle to steal the female audience away from PITCH PERFECT 2.  My heart tells me to predict another winning weekend for SAN ANDREAS, but my bowels tell me it will be ENTOURAGE.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. San Andreas $46.5m

2. Tomorrowland $14.5m

3. Pitch Perfect 2 $13.9m

4. Mad Max: Fury Road $11.6m

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron $10.5m

6. Aloha $10.4m

7. Poltergeist $8.4m

8. Far From The Maddening Crowd $1.3m

9. Home $1.1m

10. Hot Pursuit $1m


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