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.
17 Again has managed to top the US box office over the weekend, racking up a total of $24m as Zac Efron carried his HSM box-office power over into the adult world.
It’s opening is small but it still managed to trounce the next closest film, the Russell Crowe-Ben Affleck thriller State of Play. That only managed $14m despite relatively decent reviews.
Monsters vs Aliens remained resilient in third place, taking $12.9m and pumping its total gross to $162m. That contrasted to the relative lack of resilience from last week’s number one, Hannah Montana: The Movie, which dropped off 60 per cent to take $12.6m, and Fast & Furious dropping of further to $12.2m.
Crank: High Voltage must be considered a disappointment, given the absolute genius of the first film, taking only $6.5m to take up sixth place.
Monsters vs Aliens had no problems in making to the top of the UK box-office in the past weekend, taking £4.3m over the three days to trounce Richard Curtis’ The Boat that Rocked.
The latter managed £1.8m to come in second, but that might be considered a slight disappointment given the normal box-office dominance of Curtis-involved films in the UK.
Knowing dropped from first to third with £968,664 followed up by Marley & Me and The Haunting in Connecticut.
Monsters vs Aliens was no big surprise but Curtis’ movie suffered from its weak reviews. When the economy hits a downturn, it’s less likely people will take a chance on seeing a film which has been given a mixed reception, something which wouldn’t have harmed other Brit-coms during the boom years.
Um. Yeah. So, apparently Paul Walker + Vin Diesel + Jordana Brewster + Michelle Rodriguez = box-office gold. Fast & Furious, the unlikely four instalment of the diminishing series, racked up a quite ridiculous $72m over its opening weekend. That’s more than Monsters vs Aliens, more than Watchmen. Cinematical notes further this is higher than the entire domestic gross of the third film, Tokyo Drift, by $10m. It is, indeed, the biggest opening weekend achieved since The Dark Knight.
Monsters vs Aliens dropped by 44 per cent in its second weekend with $33.5m, taking its cumulative gross in ten days to over $100m. It will be interesting to see how well Fast & Furious does on its second weekend.
The Haunting in Connecticut held on to third with $9.6m followed by Knowing and I Love You, Man. Adventureland failed to capitalise on any box-office capital held by Greg Mottola, and strong reviews, making only $6m over its opening weekend.
Where the Wild Things are has both a poster and trailer bating the online world. At present, this intriguing work, directed by Spike Jonze, written by Dave Eggers and based on the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak, is coming out by the end of the year, meaning it is currently my most anticipated movie for this year.
The poster, which looks pretty cool and is above you, is courtesy of one of our newest Twitter buddies, Empire Movies. The trailer, scheduled to be shown ahead of Monsters vs Aliens at the end of March, will surely be online with a ridiculously short amount of time and will come immediately from us to your eyes.