San Andreas beat expectations and came out on top this weekend at the box office. The film was projected to bring in $40 million, but exceeded predictions with $53.2 million.
“San Andreas” took in more than five times as much as the $10 million opening of Sony’s romantic comedy “Aloha,” which arrived at 2,815 sites amid extensive negative buzz — despite the starpower of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer noted that “Aloha,” launched as a counterprogrammer to “San Andreas,” received a B+ CinemaScore among adults 25-34; the audience was 64% female with 57% of the audience over 30.
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“Johnson is clearly one of the most bankable stars working today,” he added. “Johnson’s versatility, charisma, humor and his imposing physical presence on the big screen has made him the go-to guy for filmmakers looking to ratchet up the excitement level and drawing power of their films.”