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, 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.
Beyonce Knowles-starring thriller Obsessed has taken a pretty impressive $28.5m over its opening weekend to top the US charts. The movie, which also stars The Wire’s Idris Elba and Heroes’ Ali Larter, took the second biggest opening for a Screen Gems movie ever, only defeated by the Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005. It’s a pretty astonishingly high opening, probably a testament to the star power of Knowles in ostensibly her second profession.
Zac Efron’s 17 Again managed to remain relatively resilient in second place with $11.7m, a respectable second week total which allowed it just to pip the Channing Tatum-starring Fighting. That managed $11.4m to come in well above expectations for a minimum star movie.
That contrasted to the film in fourth place, Joe Wright’s The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx. It seems that, unlike Knowles, the star power of Downey Jr doesn’t quite stretch across audiences to bring his Iron Man muscle to the film. It could also have been hurt by Jamie Foxx’s idiocy over the past week or so in insulting Disney star Miley Cyrus in such a childish and twattish manner. Mum’s don’t like stars who have a go at youngers, Jamie.
A notable entry in fifth came to Earth, the first film to come from the newly-formed Disneynature subsidiary of the Mouse House. It managed $8.6m over the weekend, the third best ever for a documentary, with a five-day gross of $14.2m.