Saturday, May 18, 2024

“San Andreas” Over-Performs with $53 Mil Opening Weekend, “Aloha” Waves Goodbye


Well, there really was nothing to else. And Warner Bros. did a great job apparently. Because “San Andreas” over-performed and finished the weekend with $53 million. That was well beyond the $45 million high of an estimate by soothsayers. It was everyone’s fault in the end.

Way behind it, out past the top 5, poor “Aloha” made around $10 million for the whole weekend. Big stars, potential panorama of Hawaii, and everything went wrong. The good news is we’ll see it on VOD or DVR or DVD sooner rather than later.

The only other box office news is that Ray Subers, the steadfast captain of, has left for greener pastures at Paramount distribution. No one seems to have replaced him. Boxofficemojo is owned by Imdb, whose own editor Keith Simanton maybe is filling in. But in the meantime, other sites are gaining fast ground for entertainment press research. Ray was running the hot restaurant in town. But now we’re going to see Exhibitor Relations and BoxOfficeGuru, former big eateries, see revivals.

Sorry for the metaphors. I guess it’s time for brunch. Aloha!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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