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Weekend Box Office Report: May 29-31, 2015

05.31.2015

San Andreas rumbles to #1!

Moviegoers wanted to shake things up at the movies this weekend, putting SAN ANDREAS on top at the box office with an estimated $53.2 million!

The PG-13 eartquake movie was no disaster for star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- it's his biggest solo opening ever, almost doubling the debut of last summer's action-fantasy HERCULES ($29.8 million). Of course, nothing comes close to his appearances in the FAST & FURIOUS ensemble, the latest of which opened with $147 million.

The seismic devastation, carrying a reported $100 million cost, reunited The Rock with director Brad Peyton of JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (which opened with $27.3 million in 2012). For grand-scale destruction movies, it came in a ways below director Roland Emmerich's world-wrecking efforts THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW ($68.7 million) and 2012 ($65.2 million).

Critics were on unstable ground for SAN ANDREAS with 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences gave it a solid 'A-' CinemaScore. It also shook an additional $60 million from international crowds.

In second place was the musical comedy PITCH PERFECT 2 with $14.8 million. The singing sensation has amassed $147.5 million domestically after three weekends, and its worldwide total is up to $228 million on a reported $29 million budget.

Disney's TOMORROWLAND stepped into the dimension of third place with $13.8 million, a 58% drop from its opening at #1 last weekend. The $190 million sci-fi adventure from Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof has jetpacked to a $133 million worldwide total so far.

In fourth place was MAD MAX: FURY ROAD with $13.6 million as it barreled past the $100 million domestic mark this week. Director George Miller's post-apocalyptic odyssey is cruising internationally ($165 million) and seems to have word-of-mouth traction -- fingers crossed the $150 million production does well enough to justify another insane trip to the wasteland (keeping in mind the old rule of thumb that a movie needs to make twice its budget worldwide just to break even).

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON was in fifth place with $10.9 million in its fifth weekend as Marvel's heavy-hitters arrived at $1.32 billion worldwide.

Bradley Cooper starring in 2014's highest-grossing release didn't help his latest movie ALOHA, which opened in sixth with $10 million. Director Cameron Crowe's Hawaii-based romantic comedy, also featuring Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams, got brutalized by critics (17% on Rotten Tomatoes) and received a 'B-' CinemaScore from crowds.

The remake of POLTERGEIST moved the headstones to seventh place with $7.8 million, a 66% burial from its opening last weekend. Below that, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD slid to eighth while the Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara comedy HOT PURSUIT tumbled past and the animated family feature HOME held onto the bottom.

Outside the chart, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 is off-duty, and FURIOUS 7 is heading to the horizon with $350 million domestic and $1.5 billion worldwide.

Next weekend brings back the Hollywood bros of HBO's ENTOURAGE (on Wednesday), while Melissa McCarthy dons disguises in the comedy SPY and more spooky stuff happens in INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. San Andreas $53.2 M
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2. Pitch Perfect 2 $14.8 M $147.5 M
3. Tomorrowland $13.8 M $63.1 M
4. Mad Max: Fury Road $13.6 M $115.9 M
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron $10.9 M $427 M
6. Aloha $10 M
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7. Poltergeist $7.8 M $38.2 M
8. Far from the Madding Crowd $1.4 M $8.3 M
9. Hot Pursuit $1.3 M $32.3 M
10. Home $1.1 M $170.4 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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