Variety

Los Angeles

Dwayne Johnson’s “San Andreas” has delivered a dominating $53.2 million opening weekend at 3,777 US locations, soaring past recent forecasts of a $40 million launch for the Warner Bros.

“San Andreas” took in more than five times the $10 million opening of Sony’s romantic comedy “Aloha,” which arrived at 2,815 sites amid extensive negative buzz - which overcame the star power of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer noted that “Aloha,” launched as a counter programmer to “San Andreas,” received a B+ Cinema Score among adults 25-34; the audience was 64% female with 57% of the audience over 30.

Universal’s third weekend of “Pitch Perfect 2? led the rest of the pack in the US, finishing with $14.8 million at 3,660 locations. The comedy sequel, which carries a modest $29 million price tag, has outperformed expectations with a total of $147.5 million in 17 days in the US with another $80 million-plus internationally.

Disney’s second frame of George Clooney’s “Tomorrowland” finished at a close third with $13.8 million for a $63.2 million 10-day total. The high-priced fantasy, with a $180 million budget, isn’t showing much traction with a 58% decline from its opening weekend.

On the foreign front, “Tomorrowland” hasn’t dazzled either. It took in $29.3 million from 75 markets, including $13.8 million from its first six days in China, to lift international grosses to $70 million.

“Tomorrowland” edged Warner’s third weekend of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which motored to $13.6 million at 3,255 sites. The Tom Hardy-Charlize Theron tentpole declined 45% and has totalled $115.9 million in the US in 17 days.

Disney-Marvel’s fifth weekend of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finished fifth, ahead of “Aloha,” with $10.9 million at 3,228 sites, declining 50%. The tentpole has hit $427.1 million - passing “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” for the 10th spot on the all-time list of top domestic grossers.

“Ultron” took in $17.6 million overseas to push its international total to $894 million and its worldwide take to $1.32 billion, the sixth highest total of all time.

Despite “San Andreas,” the overall weekend was down around 20% compared with last year’s post-Memorial weekend when Disney’s “Maleficent” opened with $69.4 million and Fox’s  “X-Men: Days of Future Past” took $32.6 million in its second frame.

US and Canada box office

1. San Andreas - $53.2m (£35m)

2. Pitch Perfect 2 - $14.8m (£9.7m)

3. Tomorrowland - $13.8m (£35m)

4. Mad Max: Fury Road - $13.6m (£9m)

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $10.9m (£7m)