San Andreas is a 2015 American disaster movie directed by Brad Peyton and written by Carlton Cuse, with Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore receiving story credits. The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi and Paul Giamatti. Take a look below for 26 more fun and fascinating facts about San Andreas.
1. The plot centers on an earthquake caused by the San Andreas Fault devastating Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
2. The movie received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $473 million worldwide.
3. On July 24, 2014, it was announced that Andrew Lockington would be composing the music for the movie.
4. Upon its first week of release on home media in the United States, the movie topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and debuted at number 2 on the Blu-Ray Disc sales chart with 40% of unit sales coming from Blu-Ray.
5. Warner Brothers spent a total of $39.4 million on television ads for the movie.
6. It became the highest grossing Warner Brothers movie of 2015, and the 14th highest grossing movie worldwide overall.
7. Deadline.com calculated the net profit of the movie to be $88.07 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenue for the movie.
8. Alexandra Daddario is 14 years younger than Dwayne Johnson, who plays her father, and 15 years younger than Carla Gugino, who plays her mother.
9. After a devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015, the movie’s marketing campaign was adjusted to include information about how to help relief efforts and to give guidance on how to prepare for natural disasters.
10. An earthquake on the west coast of California at 9.6 wouldn’t cause a tsunami on the same coast. If it caused a tsunami at all, it would be across the Pacific.
11. It’s possible for a Nevada earthquake to trigger a Los Angeles earthquake, and for a Los Angeles earthquake to trigger a San Francisco earthquake. The 1992 Landers earthquake, a 7.3 in California’s Mojave Desert, triggered a 5.3 earthquake in Nevada the next day. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake triggered magnitude 5 earthquakes the next day in Santa Monica, Oregon and Nevada.
12. Riddick’s headquarters building in San Francisco, where Blake, Ben and Ollie meet, is the Bank of America building at 555 California Street. It was the same building, albeit with special effects, used in the disaster classic The Towering Inferno.
13. San Andreas is the name of the tectonic fault line that runs through most of California. Seismologists have been predicting for years that California is due for a massive earthquake caused by this particular fault.
14. The cluster of relief tents near the end of the movie are actual disaster relief tents that are distributed by Shelterbox, a real disaster relief organization based in England. The costs of transporting the tents and green boxes from various storage locations to the set were paid for by the production company.
15. During the last scenes, the focus was placed on the American flag with the bay as the backdrop. If you look carefully, there are two flags. The second huge Canadian flag is painted on the hospital ship sailing into the harbor. This is no doubt in reference to Canadians who were among the first rescuers to New Orleans during the Katrina Hurricane disaster.
16. Jacob O’Conner, a 10 year old boy from Michigan, saved his younger brother, Dylan, from drowning by using a technique he learned from watching Ray save Blake.
17. On May 29, 2015, the same day that the movie opened, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported near Indio, California.
18. A large amount of the movie was shot in and around Brisbane, Australia. At the time of filming, the city had not experienced a noticeable earthquake in its history.
19. Alexandra Daddario only called Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” when talking to others.
20. If the earthquakes were above a 6.1 then the AT&T stadium would have much more damage than shown in the movie.
21. Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario, who plays father and daughter in San Andreas, would later play co-workers in Baywatch.
22. The store that the helicopter crashes into in the shopping mall is called Ray’s Outdoors. While this could be seen as a clever coincidence on the lead character’s name, it was the actual name of a chain of stores in Australia selling camping and outdoor equipment at the time of filming. Since this scene was actually filmed in Australia, the company helped make the fake store for the set.
23. Early in the movie, while the main character is looking at old pictures of family vacations, he views one of him and his family at Coit Tower in San Francisco. Coit Tower was actually built as a memorial dedicated to San Francisco firefighters.
24. Some of the flood footage seen on the news channels after the Hoover Dam is destroyed comes from a major flood that hit parts of Queensland in Australia in 2011. This can be identified by the Channel 7 logo in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
25. Despite prominent billing, Kylie Minogue has less than 5 minutes of screen time.
26. In 1906, the Call Building in San Francisco was lost in the devastating fires that erupted after the infamous earthquake. It was then renovated and replaced. However, in the movie San Andreas, the new structure is destroyed by water when it collapses after the tsunami hits the city.