Critics were wondering before last weekend whether Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson would be able to solely carry ‘San Andreas’ to success like he did with ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’, or if the movie would perform below expectations like Johnson’s previous solo blockbuster-failure ‘Hercules’.

Surprisingly San Andreas rocked theatres worldwide, and surpassed all prior predictions by grossing 53 million dollars in the United States and $60 million in other markets for a total of $113 million worldwide. The film finished in #1 position in 56 markets, and received positive criticism, meaning it will continue to perform well in the following weeks.

The movie is a great accomplishment not only for the studio Warner, but for Johnson himself, who finally proved that he does not need to be part of an assembly, such as the ‘Fast and Furious’ or the ‘G.I.Joe’ flicks to carry a movie to success.

Part of the achievement was due to The Rock’s above-average participation to promote San Andreas, like setting the selfie world record at the London premiere with the help of his fans, while part of the triumph can be credited to poor / non-existent new competition.

In fact the only other notable movie opening last weekend, ‘Aloha’ barely made $10 million in the United States even though it starred popular Hollywood faces such as Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin.

‘Aloha’ wasn’t the only movie which performed below expectations, as ‘Tomorrowland’ continues its disappointing run with only being able to gross $133 million after its first two weeks running.

Meanwhile lower budgeted ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ have continued to grow their own success, with the former reaching $228 million, the latter $280 million in total worldwide.

Avengers: Age of Ultron’ managed to gross for nearly $30 million, even though it’s been running for several weeks now. This brings the movie to a worldwide sum of $1.32 billion, edging a little closer once again to the $1.5 billion mark.

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