Box Office: Battle at the Terminator Museum

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!”