After such a strong start to the year, the U.S. box-office hit a speed bump last weekend as both new wide releases for the Memorial Day holiday – “Tomorrowland” and “Poltergeist” – failed to catch on with either critics or audiences.
Things bounced back slightly this weekend with Dwayne Johnson’s disaster flick “San Andreas” opening in first place with a whopping $53.2 million. This marks Johnson’s biggest opener outside his work in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
The other big new film was Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” which tanked on arrival, opening in sixth place to just $9.3 million not to mention career worst reviews for Crowe. “Pitch Perfect 2” came in second with a further $14.8 million and a $228 million worldwide gross after just three weeks.
Last week’s openers “Tomorrowland” and “Poltergeist” fell 58% and 65% respectively, the former nabbing $13.8 million in third place whilst the latter scored $7.8 million in seventh place. “Mad Max: Fury Road” came in fourth with $13.6 million, whilst “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was fifth with $10.8 million.