Hit or Miss

January 7, 2015

San Andreas: Hit or Miss?

Dwayne Johnson is known as “Franchise Viagra” because he can raise up any move that’s an ensemble piece; he hasn’t had quite as much luck in movies by himself though with very few making a huge profit in the States.

His recent movie Hercules made $72,688,614 domestically on a budget of $100 million so it’s a safe bet that it’s not on anyone’s radar for their “Best of” lists for 2014.

It did better internationally though with over $243 million at the box office, demonstrating that there is certainly an audience for The Rock.



I have to admit I’m a huge fan of him; Johnson comes across as a genuinely nice guy and his recent TV series Wake Up Call is surprisingly entertaining and I don’t normally watch reality shows.

Up next for Johnson is Furious 7 which of course will be a massive hit but that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. No, today we’re going to look at his upcoming disaster movie San Andreas which is due to hit theatres on May 29th.

SYNOPSIS After The Infamous San Andreas Fault Finally Gives, Triggering A Magnitude 9 Earthquake In California, A Search And Rescue Helicopter Pilot (Dwayne Johnson) And His Estranged Wife Make Their Way Together From Los Angeles To San Francisco To Save Their Only Daughter.

But Their Treacherous Journey North Is Only The Beginning. And When They Think The Worst May Be Over…It’s Just Getting Started.

The Action Thriller “San Andreas,” From New Line Cinema And Village Roadshow Pictures, Reunites Dwayne Johnson With Director Brad Peyton And Producer Beau Flynn, Following Their Collaboration On The Global Hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

Aside from Dwayne Johnson the cast also includes Carla Gugino, Kylie Minogue, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Art Parkinson.

Check out the trailer below:

I love a good disaster movie and usually audiences do as well as they tend to make a decent amount of cash at the box office. What’s interesting about San Andreas though is the sheer lack of interest after the trailer.

Looking at reactions online, comments are ranging from “Do we really need another 2012?” to “Is this a new Grand Theft Auto movie?”

We did a poll a few weeks back about the best recent trailers and San Andreas was the only movie to get zero votes. This doesn’t bode well so let’s take a look at why that could be.

It’s quite simple really; it looks like exactly the same movie as Roland Emmerich’s 2012 which had a family trying to escape things falling down around them. There may be more to this film than the initial trailer revealed but so far the signs don’t look all that good.


Dwayne Johnson isn’t the problem as he looks just fine in it, the problem is it just looks like so many other movies and doesn’t seem like it’s going to add anything new to the genre. I may be wrong and the next trailer might be more interesting but so far, my pulse isn’t racing. With so many other big movies coming out next summer, San Andreas certainly has its hands full in bringing in a huge audience.

On the other hand, what San Andreas does have in its favour is the lack of competition on its opening weekend. So far, the only other movies are Monster Trucks and an untitled Cameron Crowe project. This gives the movie the perfect opportunity to bring in the punters in that all important weekend, so the timing just might be perfect.

This could be a plus or a negative but San Andreas isn’t part of a franchise and is a (heaven forbid) standalone property and not based on a comic book… that I know of. It seems that only potential franchise movies tend to be the kings of the box office these days, especially if they come from Marvel. The top 10 movies of 2014 are all franchise properties so I would like this movie to be a hit just to prove that standalone moves can bring in the bucks too.

There were also plenty of cool moments in the trailer so I will certainly be there on the opening weekend; the ground shaking and building’s crumbling at the beginning when the creepy version of California Dreaming comes in is rather haunting and I bet the music is going through your head right now.

Aside from that, the trailer didn’t reveal anything jaw-dropping but it was just a teaser so I‘ll be interested to get a better look at the movie and then see how successful it is.

So will it be a hit or a miss? I don’t think it’ll be a failure by any means but I don’t think it will be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year either; so I think domestically it will make between $80-100 million and around $300 million worldwide. It will make respectable business but won’t be all that spectacular.

P.S. in case you’re wondering who provides the moody California Dreaming from the trailer, here it is.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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