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MUSEUM 2 Wins Memorial Race

It's all about the family film this weekend.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 22, 2009

A T-800 Terminator in a scene from Warner Bros. Pictures' action/sci-fi feature "Terminator Salvation," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. The film stars Christian Bale and Sam Worthington.
© Warner Bros. Pictures


The estimates are in for this four-day holiday weekend and as expected, Fox scored a victory with their PG-rated family adventure Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. With the film launching into 4,096 theaters and averaging a very respectable $17,090 per showing with family audiences across the nation, the film grabbed $70.0 million across the states through Monday.
The sequel’s predecessor also took advantage of another family-oriented holiday by taking home the theatrical Christmas cash back in 2006. Fox’s first film scored $250.8 million domestically before going on to gross $574.4 million worldwide.
Following in 2nd place for this report is Warner Bros. Pictures’ Terminator Salvation, the fourth installment into the popular franchise. Debuting in 3,530 theaters, the film’s tally of $53.8 million over the four-day weekend has it also coming in at a respectable average of $15,248 per showing. Both the three & four day tallies have it grossing less than 2003’s Terminator: Rise of the Machine, which pulled in $433.3 million worldwide.
While Sony is handling the international box office for Terminator Salvation-- which isn’t expected to debut worldwide for another few weeks-- Warner Bros. has a domestic gross of $67.1 million since debuting the film on last Thursday. They’re going to need a few more weeks of decent box office before they touch their $200 million budget.
Paramount’s Star Trek continues to pull in strong domestic numbers three weeks into their theatrical run bypassing last weekend’s champion Angels & Demons for the 3rd place spot. Over the holiday weekend, the latest installment into the Trek franchise found another $29.4 million to increase their domestic gross to $191.0 million. With a current foreign tally of $76.8 million, Paramount Pictures has a worldwide haul of $267.8 million after eighteen days of release.
Sony Pictures found themselves dropping three places to 4th place in the second weekend of Angels & Demons. The Ron Howard-directed follow-up to The Da Vinci Code took home another $27.7 million over the last four days. The $150 million production currently has a domestic gross of $87.8 million to go with their foreign gross of $102.0 million. They’ll likely be past the $200 million worldwide mark when this weekend’s foreign numbers come in.
While Paramount is taking home the top May cash with their latest Trek adventure, the studio is also looking at some low budget spoof-central success for Dance Flick. The comedy debuted in 5th place this weekend by adding $13.1 million from 2,450 theaters. Since the film’s budget is listed at only $25 mil, Paramount Pictures is sure to have another success on their hands with this moderate debut.
The final film to hit double-digits over the four day holiday weekend was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which found another $10.1 million for the 6th place spot. The latest U.S. tally has the film grossing $165.3 million domestically. If you include the $144.9 million from overseas, 20th Century Fox has a worldwide gross of $310.3 million.
The below numbers reflect the 4-day weekend numbers.

Night at the Museum 2
$70.0 mil
$70.0 mil
Terminator Salvation
$53.8 mil
$67.1 mil
Star Trek
29.4 mil
$191.0 mil
Angels & Demons
$27.7 mil
$87.8 mil
Dance Flick
$13.1 mil
$13.1 mil
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
$10.1 mil
$165.3 mil
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
$4.8 mil
$46.9 mil
$2.5 mil
$66.4 mil
Monsters vs. Aliens
$1.9 mil
$193.5 mil
17 Again
$1.2 mil
$60.5 mil

Here’s the latest summer numbers.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil

Domestic: $165.3 mil
Foreign: $144.9 mil
Worldwide: $310.3 mil
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $72.5 mil

Domestic: $191.0 mil
Foreign: $76.8 mil
Worldwide: $267.8 mil
Angels & Demons Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $48.0 mil

Domestic: $87.1 mil
Foreign: $102.0 mil
Worldwide: $189.8 mil
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Numbers
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $53.5 mil

Domestic: $70.0 mil
Foreign: N/A
Worldwide: $70.0 mil
Terminator Salvation Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $43.0 mil

Domestic: $67.1 mil
Foreign: N/A
Worldwide: $67.1 mil
This Memorial Day weekend was all about the family so it should be a bit more interesting next weekend with Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar releasing their latest adventure Up into at least 3,700 theaters. Can the debuting Pixar film come out on top of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian?
It seems very likely but I’m sure all of the top five films will take down some serious cash next weekend with the summer season officially kicking into high gear.
Friday May 29, 2009 Releases:
Up (3,700)
Drag Me to Hell (2,400+)
The Lonely Maiden


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br003 5/22/2009 1:41:04 PM

Eeez good.

kingofmovies 5/22/2009 1:54:13 PM

I really enjoyed the had tons and tons of action Christian Bale and Sam Worthington were prediction is Terminator might win this weekend but the numbers for Night at the museum will increase on saturday and sunday and monday when all the kids are off .....and if you're a movie fanatic you know that......... KIDS MOVIES=LOTS OF $........But i will definately check out Night at the museum also.....

SgtTechCom 5/22/2009 6:05:24 PM

Yeah and thats only opening day lol

Ca Ching $ =)

Like I said in the other forum I enjoyed it alot.

krathwardroid 5/22/2009 7:34:51 PM

Ditto. Terminator Salvation was awesome!

jedi4sshield 5/22/2009 11:36:51 PM

So for those that have seen it, can you rate between Terminator and Star Trek as possibly best Sci-Fi film of the year? Havent seen this yet, maybe this sunday I'll check it out.

todd890 5/23/2009 7:54:46 AM

here's a little news that I found out, McG intends to make two more films. That's right a new trilogy.

SgtTechCom 5/23/2009 8:40:45 AM

Thats yesterdays news. The whole plan from the get go was to make a Trilogy. Bale actually signed on for 3 movies.

Acting was bad? Bale was awesome and Worthington was great too. Way better then Star Trek way better.


RayzerEdge 5/23/2009 10:15:03 AM

As a fan of the Terminator genre I enjoyed it.  BUT, I was very disappointed non-the-less.  It dosent further the story at all and it was rather flat on acting.  By no means am I suggesting that the acting in a popcorn summer movie should be academy awards material (tho it does happen see Joker)....but....the complete opposite (razzie acting) as is almost the case here is bad.  Aside from yelling at the top of their lungs a few times to prove a point they dont seem to change tones at all the rest of the movie.  


Star Trek was far more satisfying.  But, as I said....I did like it.

hanso 5/23/2009 11:53:59 AM

Jedi - Star Trek  owned Terminator Salvation.

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