Judgment Day 2009 arrived for the “Terminator” revivial and, well, the future does look grim.
Director McG had hoped to start a new trilogy for the killer-robot saga but the box-office wasn;t kind as the film brought in $53.8 million in its opening weekend, placing it a distant second to the $70 million brought in by the family-friendly “Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian” over the four-day holiday weekend. Ben Fritz of Company Town has more on the numbers…
After a decent start Thursday, “Terminator Salvation” quickly fizzled, indicating weak audience word of mouth. Its four-day total was $53.8 million, and its total gross since Thursday is $67.2 million. That’s less than what studio executives had expected based on tracking and a relatively weak start for the $200-million blockbuster, which was financed by The Halcyon Co. and is being distributed by Warner Bros. domestically and Sony overseas.
Its three-day total of $43 million is actually $1 million less than what the third “Terminator” film opened to in 2003, a bad sign given significant ticket price inflation since then…
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CREDIT: Christian Bale and Sam Worthing face off in “Terminator Salvation,” photo courtesy of Warner Bros.