After taking a massive $18.2 million on Friday, including $3.1m after Thursday previews, earthquake disaster movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, looks on course to take $48 million this weekend. The disaster flick is way ahead of Bradley Cooper rom-con Aloha which also opened this weekend and suffered dismal reviews from the critics.

the rock dwayne johnsonDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in disaster flick San Andreas.

According to Forbes, San Andreas crushed the competition on Friday and is now on course for a weekend debut as high as $48 million, with audiences giving the movie a resounding thumbs up. It seems US audiences can’t help but be enthralled by the idea of The Rock taking on an earthquake and the box office receipts will speak for themselves.

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The film is also likely to become Johnson’s highest opening outside of the Fast and the Furious franchise, beating G.I. Joe: Retaliation which debuted with $40.5 million in 2013. Last year Johnson’s Hercules opened to a $11 million Friday and $29 million in total on its opening weekend;

San Andreas’ only box office competition this weekend came from director Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Set in Hawaii, Cooper stars as a military contractor who falls for an Air Force pilot (Stone) but then runs into his ex girlfriend (McAdams) on the island.

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The film suffered form poor reviews and bad press after it was ridiculed in Amy Pascal’s leaked Sony emails earlier this year. The film took just $3.6m on Friday, which according to Forbes, will likely give it a $10.5m debut weekend. That figure is bound to be disappointing for the studio considering the film cost $37 million to make.