Box office: 'San Andreas' eyes seismic $48M debut; 'Aloha' bombing

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San Andreas Review: An Epic Disaster Movie With Heart

Who doesn't love a good disaster movie -; especially when it stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson?

New Line and Warner Bros.' San Andreas rocked the Friday box office with $18.2 million, putting it course for a weekend debut as high as $48 million.

The earthquake disaster film, which harkens back to the old Irwin Allen disaster flicks of the '70s, will easily claim the top spot in North America this weekend and will mark Johnson's top domestic opening outside of the Fast and Furious franchise. In 2013, G.I. Joe: Retaliation debuted to $40.5 million.

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Box office: 'San Andreas' eyes seismic $48M debut; 'Aloha' bombing
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson of MOANA took part today in 'Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films' presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 26: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'San Andreas' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Dwayne Johnson accepts the Troops' Choice award onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', is seen after a work-out at World Gym, Ashmore on April 14, 2014 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Richard Gosling/Newspix/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 21: Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the press conference of Paramount Pictures 'HERCULES' at Hotel Adlon on August 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Actor/wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the 'Hercules' panel at the Paramount Studios Presentation - Comic-Con International on Day 1 held at San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Hercules' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0091 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Dwayne Johnson and host Jimmy Fallon during the 'Pomanti Brothers Fitness Video' skit on July 22, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Actor Dwayne Johnson visits 106 & Park at BET studio on July 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage during the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 held at Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Dwayne Johnson attends a photocall for 'Hercules' at Trafalgar Square on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Dwayne Johnson at the 'Pain & Gain' Press Conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 13, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 11: Dwayne Johnson attends the press conference of the Miami Premiere of 'Pain & Gain' at Mandarin Oriental on April 11, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Paramount)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 1: Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson looks on during his match against John Cena during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during WrestleMania XXVII at Georgia Dome on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
403707 06: Professional wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson poses at the unveiling of his wax portrait at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum April 10, 2002 in New York City. The museum creates life-size, three-dimensional wax sculptures of celebrities and historical figures around the world. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 17 -- Air Date 04/13/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Seth Meyers as Jeremy, Maya Rudolph as The Scorpion Queen and Dwayne Johnson as The Scorpion King during 'The Scorpion Prince' skit on April 13, 2002 (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
395220 10: Actor Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', walks onstage to promote a special DVD and home video release of the movie 'The Mummy Returns' October 3, 2001 in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Getty Images)
OCTOBER 22: Defensive end Dwayne Johnson #94 of the University of Miami Hurricanes walks on the field during the NCAA game against the University of Virginia on October 22, 1994. Dwayne Johnson is also known as 'The Rock' of World Wrestling Federation. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Wrestler John Cena, top, chokes Dwayne Douglas Johnson, known as The Rock as they wrestle Sunday, April 7, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J., during Wrestlemania. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', is seen after a work-out at World Gym, Ashmore on April 14, 2014 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Richard Gosling/Newspix/Getty Images)
**FILE** Wrestling champ Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attends the European Premiere of his new movie "Be Cool" in London, in this March 7, 2005 file photo. Johnson and his wife are giving $2 million to the University of Miami, school officials said. (AP Photo/John D McHugh)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Actor Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage during Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Wrestling star Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock,' and musician Britney Spears present the award for Choice Movie Comedy Actress at the Teen Choice Awards 2003 in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
WWE Superstar and actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson speaks to the media before Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, FL.
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Cameron Crowe's romantic drama Aloha, the weekend's other new offering, isn't looking so lucky despite its star-studded cast (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams). The Sony film is pacing to open in the $10 million-$11 million range, the lowest opening of summer to date for a major studio release. That puts it in a close battle with Avengers: Age of Ultron for fifth place.

Aloha, is the first of Crowe's films to be released in summer, when the pressure is much more intense to open to big numbers.

In San Andreas, Johnson plays a helicopter pilot called upon to execute multiple nick-of-time rescues in the PG-13 movie that will be playing in 3,777 theaters by Friday, the majority of them 3-D houses. Warners and Village Roadshow co-financed and co-produced the $110 million production from Warners' New Line unit.

The disaster film teams Johnson with director Brad Peyton, who also guided the actor through 2012's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and producer Beau Flynn, who produced both Journey 2 and Johnson's 2014 Hercules. Lost's Carlton Cuse penned the screenplay from a story by Andre Fabrizio and Jerry Passmore. Also appearing in the film are Carla Gugino and Paul Giamatti..

From Sony, the Hawaii-set Aloha stars Cooper as a military contractor who falls for an Air Force pilot played by Stone, only to encounter a past lover in the form of McAdams. The film is drawing dismal reviews from critics, which will likely hurt word of mouth. However, Sony remains hopeful that Aloha will serve as counterprogramming for adults looking for an original storyline.

Produced by Crowe and Scott Rudin, Aloha -; which at one point was penciled in for a December 2014 release but was then moved into 2015 -; cost at least $37 million after rebates. It has already had to withstand critical comments from former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, which were exposed in emails made public as part of the Sony hack.

Sony's exposure on the film is minimized by having several partners, including New Regency, LStar Capital and RatPac Entertainment. Fox is handling the film internationally but doesn't have a financial stake.


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