Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smashed box office expectations with his new film San Andreas laying the smack down against meager forecasts and delivering a dominating $53.2 million opening for the Warner Bros. 3-D disaster movie.
San Andreas reinforced the belief that Johnson is a box office drawing star after his key performance in Furious 7 and its $1.5 billion worldwide gross. He’s been like a machine the last few weeks promoting San Andreas nonstop in which he plays as a heroic helicopter pilot seeking to rescue his daughter, played by Alexandra Daddario, amid the rubble of a mega-quake.
San Andreas actually earned a very impressive A- CinemaScore from movie audiences, with 70% coming from the 25 and older demographic.
Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 2″ entering its third week at the box office led the rest of the pack, finishing with a solid $14.8 million at 3,660 locations. The comedy sequel, which cost a modest $29 million to make, has outperformed expectations with a total of $147.5 million in 17 days in the U.S. with another $80 million-plus internationally.
Disney’s Tomorrowland” finished in third grossing just $1 million less than the second-place film at $13.8 million bring its 10-day total to $63.2 million. The extremely high-priced fantasy, with a $180 million budget, has already been labeled a flop and will be lucky to break the $100 million mark.
For the time being it seems as if moviegoers can definitely “Smell what The Rock is cooking” at the box office,