Box Office: Battle at the Terminator Museum

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We didn’t bother to cover Ben Stiller’s “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” because, well, to be honest with you, we’re sometimes pretty lame, but we’re not that lame. But apparently a lot of you were, because you went in droves to see Ben Stiller battle museum artifacts over the weekend to the tune of $53.5 million, far exceeding the original movie’s $30.4 million in 2006. The kids film also beat out Christian Bale’s “Terminator Salvation”, which earned $43 million over the weekend.

Although “Museum” bested “Terminator” in the 3-day total take department, McG’s sci-fi sequel actually came out on top for the entire week, thanks to an advance $13.5 million it collected when it opened on Thursday. In total, the fourth installment in the killer robot movie took in about $56.3 million to “Museum’s” 3-day take of $53.5 million. So depending on whether you want to count Thursday or not, you could make a case for either film coming out the victor over the weekend.

But the real story has to be J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek”, which remained strong in third place in its third week of release with another $22 million haul. This gives the sci-fi reboot a 3-week total of just over $183 million. Abrams’ film just barely beat out last week’s champ, the Tom Hanks mystery “Angels and Demons”, which took another $21.4 million, for two-week total of $81.5 million. Not chump change by any means, but the fact that the film has slipped to fourth place at the box office in just its second week doesn’t bode well for the sequel’s shelf life. In two weeks of release, the highly-publicized film based on Dan Brown’s novel has only earned $81.5 million, short of the film’s estimated $150 million budget. Foreign ticket sales, though, is expected to make up the difference.

The week’s other opening film, the Wayans’ brother comedy “Dance Flick” managed to avoid the giants and landed at fifth place with $11 million. The dance parody doesn’t have all that far to go to recoup its $25 million dollar budget. DVD sales should just about take care of that.

Here’s how the Top 10 at the box office broke down over the weekend (via):

1 —–Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian —–$53,500,000 —–$53,500,000
2 —–Terminator Salvation —–$43,010,000 —–$56,382,000
3 —–Star Trek —–$21,951,000 —–$183,585,000
4 —–Angels & Demons —–$21,400,000—–$81,511,000
5 —–Dance Flick —– $11,113,000 —– $11,113,000
6 —–X-Men Origins: Wolverine —–$7,800,000 —– $163,054,000
7 —–Ghosts of Girlfriends Past —–$3,720,000 —– $45,858,000
8 —–Obsessed —–$2,000,000 —– $65,908,000
9 —–Monsters Vs. Aliens —–$1,345,000 —–$192,991,000
10 —–17 Again —–$1,005,000—– $60,314,000

Below: “Take that, Terminator!”

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  • T4

    Terminator will win this in the long run,it was a good movie,but i’ll admit it did lack action.. and without Arni there shouldn’t have been another one. but since they started it,maybe Mcg can learn something from this,and forget about too much SFX and add some more action,kill kill kill people love that ****

    • will

      It lacked action?! What movie were you watching, dude?! It was ALL action!

      • Justin

        action is not 100 explosions sorry thats old and boring be original. and cristian bale sucked as connor. the guy playing marcus would had been a perfect connor!

  • T4

    Terminator will win this in the long run,it was a good movie,but i’ll admit it did lack action.. and without Arni there shouldn’t have been another one. but since they started it,maybe Mcg can learn something from this,and forget about too much SFX and add some more action,kill kill kill people love that ****

    • will

      It lacked action?! What movie were you watching, dude?! It was ALL action!

      • Justin

        action is not 100 explosions sorry thats old and boring be original. and cristian bale sucked as connor. the guy playing marcus would had been a perfect connor!

  • http://www.seed2wisdom.com/ loay

    I went in with high hopes .. One missing factor is the fear we all felt watching the trilogy and in specific T2. I expected Arnold to make some kind of a show and he did as CAMEO at whicj point I claped my hands alone like an idiot. Why? cause I am 39 years old and a true fan of Arnie while the theatre had alot of younger audience. Chritian Bale was not such a hot addition to the movie, and the new Hero seems ok. My wife cried at the end which was shocking to me since we do not cry in Terminator. The sum of it, its watchable, but it is no Terminator movie. I would have liked to see how the heroes emerged just after the end of the world, and how the resistance began to form rather than fast forward. Plus the resistance has F-16 which is stupid. I hope T5 would include more one on one action between the machine and man. I give it three stars at best,

  • http://www.seed2wisdom.com loay

    I went in with high hopes .. One missing factor is the fear we all felt watching the trilogy and in specific T2. I expected Arnold to make some kind of a show and he did as CAMEO at whicj point I claped my hands alone like an idiot. Why? cause I am 39 years old and a true fan of Arnie while the theatre had alot of younger audience. Chritian Bale was not such a hot addition to the movie, and the new Hero seems ok. My wife cried at the end which was shocking to me since we do not cry in Terminator. The sum of it, its watchable, but it is no Terminator movie. I would have liked to see how the heroes emerged just after the end of the world, and how the resistance began to form rather than fast forward. Plus the resistance has F-16 which is stupid. I hope T5 would include more one on one action between the machine and man. I give it three stars at best,

  • shaw78

    2 things that need to be taken into consideration. 1: I don’t believe that this tally above includes Salvation Thursdays opening/midnight #’s its midnight alone was 13.4 million. And 2: Museum was released in 500+ more theaters than Salvation. I mean if you sent a movie out into more theaters against a movie that wasn’t and had most of its fan base go and see it on a night that’s not even counted in the net takings than of course Museum did better. But no one’s really putting those little facts out there are they. Wonder why? I liked Salvation, I’ll see again and I’ll rent Museum if I find myself really bored night.

  • shaw78

    2 things that need to be taken into consideration. 1: I don’t believe that this tally above includes Salvation Thursdays opening/midnight #’s its midnight alone was 13.4 million. And 2: Museum was released in 500+ more theaters than Salvation. I mean if you sent a movie out into more theaters against a movie that wasn’t and had most of its fan base go and see it on a night that’s not even counted in the net takings than of course Museum did better. But no one’s really putting those little facts out there are they. Wonder why? I liked Salvation, I’ll see again and I’ll rent Museum if I find myself really bored night.

  • D-Man

    Terminator Salvation was “TIGHT” I liked it. I think it had surprises and it was easy to follow and also unpredictable. I don’t understand some of these blogger’s that’s been let down but I tell you that I really enjoyed this flick and I took my daughter hoping it would be good and it didn’t let me down!! Christian Bell did a swell job – meaning he wasn’t too over bearing but he did his job and it came over great to me. I think they left the story open-ended so that they could add to Judgment Day. Just a little confused on the Salvation title but I would watch it again at the movies!!

  • D-Man

    Terminator Salvation was “TIGHT” I liked it. I think it had surprises and it was easy to follow and also unpredictable. I don’t understand some of these blogger’s that’s been let down but I tell you that I really enjoyed this flick and I took my daughter hoping it would be good and it didn’t let me down!! Christian Bell did a swell job – meaning he wasn’t too over bearing but he did his job and it came over great to me. I think they left the story open-ended so that they could add to Judgment Day. Just a little confused on the Salvation title but I would watch it again at the movies!!

  • Eric

    I agree I’m a terminator nerd and that movie did not let me down one bit it even brought back key elements like the boom box john conor had as a kid and playing his trademark song from t2……..I just enjoyed the whole thing

    E. R.

  • Eric

    I agree I’m a terminator nerd and that movie did not let me down one bit it even brought back key elements like the boom box john conor had as a kid and playing his trademark song from t2……..I just enjoyed the whole thing

    E. R.