“San Andreas” didn’t manage better than middling reviews. But it blew up the box office. Great effects, The Rock in the lead, all the usual disaster pic formula ingredients — $53 million+, almost $54. A very nice weekend for a popcorn pic with a good cast and really good effects.
Dwayne Johnson has a fine boost to his new HBO series, and a bigger quote in his disaster movie future.
“Picture Perfect 2” nudged past “Tomorrowland,” which is starting to smell like an actual debacle. It’s made money overseas, but it won’t make $100 in the U.S., against a misguided overblown $180 million budget.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” came in fourth, and has cleared $115 million thus far. Not exactly turning Tom Hardy into a U.S. superstar. But he’s got a Sam Worthington shot, if nothing else.
The critically reviled “Aloha” did just $10 million — pretty poor returns for an all-star cast Cameron Crowe romantic comedy.
“Far From the Madding Crowd,” a lovely, spunky period piece based on the Thomas Hardy novel, has cracked the top ten. Earnings of $8.4 million suggest it won’t reach $20, all in..