Jaimie Trueblood
May 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

San Andreas

Current Status
In Season
123 minutes
Wide Release Date
Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti
Brad Peyton
Action, Drama, Thriller

Looks like San Andreas is anything but a disaster. Brad Peyton’s earthquake adventure rocked the box office this weekend, ending the three-day period with an estimated $53.2 million. That’s well above early predictions of $40 million, and it means this is Dwayne Johnson’s biggest solo debut ever. Even with so-so reviews (it’s only got a 49 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), San Andreas still managed to destroy its competition this weekend, and it suggests there’s still room for an old-school disaster flick (without aliens or monsters) in the summer box-office race.

San Andreas’ performance marks a stark contrast to last weekend’s Tomorrowland opening, when the Disney action-adventure story fell short of initial predictions and only brought in $33 million over the three-day period. Tomorrowland fell even further this weekend, dropping about 60 percent to an estimated $13.8 million, wedging it in third place between Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road, which made $14.8 million and $13.6 million respectively.

Meanwhile, this weekend’s other major release didn’t even crack the top five: Cameron Crowe’s Aloha debuted to an estimated $10 million. Aloha has been dogged by scathing reviews, an email scandal, and accusations of white-washing the Hawaiian islands. Even big names like Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, and Emma Stone couldn’t propel Aloha to a bigger box office debut, and EW’s own Chris Lee wrote about the odd choice to cast Stone as an Asian-American. Avengers: Age of Ultron took the fifth-place spot instead, making about $11 million in its fifth weekend and bringing its domestic total up to a whopping $427 million.

Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:

1. San Andreas — $53.2 million

2. Pitch Perfect 2 — $14.8 million

3. Tomorrowland — $13.8 million

4. Mad Max: Fury Road — $13.6 million

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron — $10.9 million            

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