So, it seems these Terminators from the future and all that aren’t quite as tough as they would have you believe. Indeed, Terminator Salvation was taught a pretty tough lesson over the weekend as Ben Stiller and friends trounced McG’s franchise effort.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian essentially managed to get all the kids and families into its hollow web of fun to rack up $53.5m over the weekend, an unbelievable result when considering it was up against Terminator Salvation.
The Christian Bale-starring, McG-helmed fourth instalment took $43m, meaning Night at the Museum topped it by $10m, enough in 1984 to make the original Terminator and have significant change. That’s a meaningless fact but, still, that’s quite a big defeat for Terminator given its $200m budget and very high business expectations.
Star Trek managed to stay close to top spot with $21.9m, just pipping Angels & Demons in fourth with $21.4m. They were followed up in fifth by Dance Flick, the horrible-looking Wayans-run spoof, which made a horrifying $11.1m.
The top ten is rounded out by X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Obsessed, Monsters vs Aliens and 17 Again.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine followed its super-sized bow in the US with a chunky haul in the UK too, taking £6.6m during its first five days on release. It meant Miley Cyrus and her Hannah Montana: The Movie had to settle for second, despite the youngster’s publicity wave throughout the week trying to promote the film.
Hannah Montana took a solid £2.03m to finish in second, over double the take of previous number one State of Play, taking £0.98m to just nip in ahead of Matthew McConaughey and his Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Zac Efron clung onto fifth with 17 Again, followed up by Monsters vs Aliens, Fast & Furious, I Love You, Man, In The Loop and The Uninvited to round out the top ten.
The only disappointment of the week was the £123,309 taken by Is Anybody There?, the new film from Sir Michael Caine.
It’s likely Wolverine’s time at the top will be obliterated in the coming week with the release of Star Trek but, after a very troubled route to cinemas, this one really did some solid business, as can be shown from the ridiculous number of further X-Men projects now being flung into development.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which we will review on our podcast this week, kicked off the summer season in style from a business standpoint, racking up an impressive $87m opening weekend. It’s the second-best opening for an X-Men movie so far, only outdone by the third instalment, X-Men: The Last Stand. Note as well that the big box-office comes on the back of terrible buzz and bad reviews in the lead up to the release.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, which many hoped would rack up a tidy sum through counter-programming against Wolverine, took $15.3m to take up the second spot.
Obsessed, the surprise box-office topper of last week, took a drop of 57 per cent to gross $12.2m and a ten-day gross of $47m, noted to be over twice its overall budget.
17 Again dropped again to fourth, taking $6.3m in its third week of release to have only $48m total, surely a disappointment in light of the success which could have been expected with Zac Efron on board.
Monsters vs Aliens retained a top five place with $5.8m, taking its total to $185m since release.
Meanwhile, The Soloist, the somewhat disappointment from last week managed to hold up quite well, taking a further $5.6m with Disneynature’s Earth documentary and Fighting, the Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard-starring, well, fighting movie, following on with $4.2m apiece.