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TERMINATOR Topples Overseas Again

Fourth Terminator Tops Oversea Markets a Second Time

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 15, 2009
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

CHRISTIAN BALE stars as John Connor in Warner Bros. Pictures' action/sci-fi feature "Terminator Salvation," a Warner Bros. Pictures release, also starring Sam Worthington.
© Richard Foreman

The international box office numbers have come in and it seems Terminator Salvation has toppled the competition in foreign markets for its second consecutive weekend. The fourth installment in the franchise pulled in an estimated $46.1 million from 10,500 screens in 80 territories with Japan being the top earner with $10.7 million from 729 sites. The film's China bow registered $9 million from 1,671 locations. In all, "Salvation" took the No. 1 spot in more than 30 territories.

"Salvation's" international cume stands at $165.5 million, of which $141.1 million originates from territories handled by Sony. During its second weekend in the U.K., the film finished No. 2 with $3.4 million from 875 locations. In France, its second weekend produced $2.8 million from 737 locations. The film's worldwide gross is currently $279.3 million since launching last month.

Fox's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian landed in 2nd place for international territories with the film taking 1st place spot in its Mexico bow (grabbing a 38% market share with $3.3 million from 1,150 sites) and ranked first during its second Korea round ($6.9 million from 446 screens). Overall, the family comedy, starring Ben Stiller, drew $17.9 million from 8,156 sites in 104 markets, raising its international cume to $176.2 million. If you include the film's $143 million domestic gross 20th Century Fox has a worldwide cume of $319.6 million.

3rd Place goes to Sony's Angels & Demons, which grossed another $14.1 million from 7,110 screens for an overseas cume of $315 million. In Germany, "The Da Vinci Code" follow-up, starring Tom Hanks, finished No. 1 during its fifth stanza with $2.9 million from 1,041 screens for a market cume of $39.9 million. Sony has the highest worldwide gross of the summer season with the film earning $438.3 million.

For our domestic box office report, click here.




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Wiseguy 6/15/2009 10:14:16 AM

Lucky for these studios that they're not as reliant on just the domestic b.o. as used to be the case. I wonder if they get as big a cut as they do here at home and at what point they make an actual profit. The film did cost about 200mil

I also want to know if they're going to let McG direct the next two. I remember a while back reading that they may consider different directors for each film of the trilogy.

Wiseguy 6/15/2009 10:16:05 AM

By the way, misleading headline

hanso 6/15/2009 11:16:31 AM

Terminator you fail in the US!!!

karas1 6/15/2009 11:33:17 AM

Um, Hanso?  I liked it.

SgtTechCom 6/15/2009 12:05:18 PM

YES THey'll be back.. Cameron drop that animated crap and return to what gave you your gravy train !

Terminator bitch !

Hobbs 6/15/2009 12:32:16 PM

Kara...aren't you the one who couldn't stop ripping Trek yet you liked Terminator?  That's kind of messed up.  Both stories were not the greatest though a lot more flaws in Salvation and Special effects I think were equal. 

To each their own, I'm not cutting you down based on your opion I just don't understand how you could from your past posts. 

To defend Hanso, he was talking BO numbers, it is failing in the U.S.  If it wasn't for the overseas market you wouldn't have seen a T5 or T6.  Granted it's failing because of the 200 mil budget it had.  If they would have made it for 75 mil or something they would be bringing home the bank.  Looking at that movie I can't figure out where they put the 200 mil now that I think about it.

TheMovieGuy28 6/15/2009 5:10:04 PM


You know what the best part of Terminator:Salvation was? The NIN-covered trailer that made us think we had a whole new ballgame. Instead, we got an SOScovered movie(Same Olde Sh*t)

Riddick316 6/15/2009 6:38:08 PM

I liked it too,but it didn't surpass T2.

jppintar326 6/15/2009 8:02:34 PM

Hobbs, I also liked Terminator: Salvation but didn't like Star Trek. I don't care how many millions and millions it made, I found it painful to watch some of my favorite scifi characters ever be turned into silly caricatures for this dumbed down generation.  It also had the worst looking sets I have ever seen.  The bridge was an eyesore and the engineering looked like there should be people shoveling coal into a furnace.  The original Star Trek series, the previous movies, and TV spinoffs were for adults while this movie is for dimwitted adolescents.  Terminator Salvation was not a great movie but at least it had some ideas about humanity and machines.  Granted these ideas were recycled from T2 but they were there.  Star Trek was about being young and hip and no inclination about what Star Trek is about.  I have no intention of ever watching this Star Trek movie again or any sequel or spinoff.  Star Trek is dead to me.  The Terminator may yet live. 

karas1 6/16/2009 4:03:38 AM

What jppintar said. Star Trek was rediculious, an exercise in flashy FX with a confused story, poor versions of the characters and a weak, derivitive villian.

Spoilers I guess.

Terminator Salvation was an exciting film. The FX were more interesting that Star Trek's (which I thought were pretty generic). I liked the motorcycle robots and the giant harvester robots and the aquatic robots were pretty cool.

And I liked the characters. Particurlarly I liked Marcus. How confusing would it be to be executed for murder and wake up several decades later to discover that you are now a cyborg? And that you were programmed to betray humanity? And that despite your best intentions, you had already done so? Wow.

There were a few cheesy spots. The inclusion of the Governator in CGI was a little jarring, I was thinking more about the FX at that point than the story. And a few shots of Marcus with parts of the skin on his face torn off to show the machinery underneath were a little unconvincing. But overall, it was a great ride and well worth the price of admission (which you can't say about every movie anymore with tickets at $10 a person).



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