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‘San Andreas’ has an easy time taking over the weekend box office

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Earthquake disaster movie San Andreas made easy work of the rest of field at this weekend’s box office to easily claim the No. 1 spot.

Despite some worries that moviegoers in quake prone areas would shy away from seeing a film about a historically catastrophic quake, the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Paul Giamatti-led movie opened at a very respectable $53.2 million. A cappella comedy Pitch Perfect 2 held onto the No. 2 spot for the second consecutive week in a row with $14.3 million earned. Last week’s top movie, the George Clooney science fiction piece, Tomorrowland, fell to No. 3 this week bringing in another $13.8 million. Mad Max: Fury Road took in another $13.6 million to place fourth, and holding down the fifth spot for the second week in a row was Avengers 2: Age of Ultron with $10.9 million.

Of interest is the movie that opened this week just outside the top five. Cameron Crowe’s rom-com, Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone opened at a disappointing No. 6 with $10 million earned. According to industry insiders, aside from lukewarm reviews, many execs believe the bad press the film received in light of Sony’s leaked emails in which studio head Amy Pascal told a colleague the script was “ridiculous,” did the film in before it even had a chance. The film also caught flack from Hawaiian groups because of the title and from Asian-American groups who protested the movie’s nearly all-White cast that was shot in Hawaii.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below.

1. San Andreas – $53.2M

2. Pitch Perfect 2 $14.3M

3. Tomorrowland  $13.8M

4. Mad Max: Fury Road  $13.6M

5. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron $10.9M

6. Aloha  $10M

7. Poltergeist $7.8M

8. Far From The Madding Crowd – $1.4M

9. Hot Pursuit   $1.3M

10. Home  $1.1M

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