Magazine article Screen International

'San Andreas' Rocks North America Box Office on $54.6M

Magazine article Screen International

'San Andreas' Rocks North America Box Office on $54.6M

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The confirmed $54.6m launch means San Andreas will make hay while the sun shines and has just under two weeks to generate the bulk of its revenue before the July 12 release of Universal's Jurassic World is likely to bite a chunk out of its audience.

Columbia Pictures released Cameron Crowe's latest film Aloha in sixth place on $9.7m, a highly disappointing result considering the potential counter-programming package of a rom-com starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.

Overall box office for the top 12 slid 11.1% against last weekend's disappointing Memorial Day Weekend, reflecting a thinner overall performance across the top five. The weekend tailed by approximately 18% the comparable session in 2014 when Maleficent opened top on $69.4m.

Last weekend's champion Tomorrowland slipped 56.7% and two places to number three on $14.3m for $63.9m and has a long way to go towards recoupment give the price-tag, believed to be around $190m.

International continues to roll out and as usual will play a big role in helping the studio - in this case Disney - claw back its investment.

The story of Avengers: Age Of Ultron has been the complete opposite for Marvel Studios/Disney and the tentpole held firm at number five in its fifth week and stands at $427.1m.

Pitch Perfect 2 continued Universal's annus mirabilis and ranks second with a $147.5m running total after three weekends, while Warner Bros' Mad Max: Fury Road at number four has amassed $116.5m after the same amount of time.

Fox Searchlight expanded Far From The Madding Crowd by 37 theatres to 902 in its fifth session as the Carey Mullligan and Matthias Schoenaerts drama slipped one place to number eight on $1. …

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