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Night At The Museum Terminates McG
Stiller defeats Machines at box office

25 May 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Box Office Mojo

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Listen, and understand. That Night At The Museum 2 is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until Terminator Salvation is in second place at the box office.

Yes, that's right: Ben Stiller's kiddie-friendly franchise took the top spot from Christian Bale's growly outing as John Connor this weekend, with $53.5 million to Terminator Salvation's $43 million, Friday to Sunday. More damaging, however, Night At The Museum 2 had a slightly higher per-screen average take and did better on Friday, traditionally where geek-friendly films do best before the kids hit screens on Saturday. It also took a smaller amount than Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, when adjusted for inflation, but it remains to be seen if it can hold up well over the coming weeks: Museum is expected to dip and to fail to reach the $250 million that its predecessor managed.

Elsewhere, Star Trek hung on in third place with a respectable $21.9 million despite losing all its IMAX screens to Museum, for a three-week total of $183.6 million. It's now the franchise's fourth most-attended film with some time in the top ten still to go.

Angels & Demons hung on in fourth place with a total of $81.5 in ten days (The Da Vinci Code was about $50 million up on that in the same time frame). But Ron Howard et al can comfort themselves with the thought that they are number one worldwide, with Night at the Museum 2 putting up a fight but Terminator Salvation not open in many other territories as yet - we'll be seeing it next week on June 3.

For the rest of the charts, check out Box Office Mojo here.


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RE: B.O.ring
Come on, we're talking about a country where Disaster Movie and Beverly Hills Chiwawa topped the box office at one time... More

Posted by grucl at 14:51 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: B.O.ring
L: Dr Science Box office is what I like best about movies - there's never been a successful movie that didn't do well in its opening weekend . . . it's all about the financials. sp; p; I think there was a little film called Titanic.... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 14:01 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

clonard
A Terminator movie without Arine or Jim Cameron is a big mistake. How were they expecting to top the brilliance of the first two movies( especially T2, a complete classic) You'd think they would have learned their lesson from the last movie, T3. But oh no, they couldn't leave well enough alone. I'm still gonna go see it here when it opens, but I'm only expecting a few cool action scenes, and that's it. More

Posted by clonard at 12:02 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

B.O.ring
Box office is what I like best about movies - there's never been a successful movie that didn't do well in its opening weekend . . . it's all about the financials. More

Posted by Dr Science at 10:28 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

Just a Thought
2 things that need to be taken into consideration. 1: This tally above doesn't includes Salvation Thursdays opening/midnight #'s its midnight #'s alone were 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 ther More

Posted by azureyes at 00:34 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Night At The Museum Terminates McG
Yet more proof that judgement day is inevitable... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 20:59 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

With the exceptions of Empire and TF the poor reviews, lack of Arnie (the fact that T3 was a success in 2003 alongside the failure of the Sarah Connor Chronicles on tv tells me that to the general public the Terminator franchise isn't worth watching without it's now retired former leading man), Bale's rant which detracted heavily from the film have clearly had a toll on the latest instalment. More

Posted by baerrtt at 15:24 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

Silly Americans. Europe will crush Ben Stiller. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 14:59 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

Wha?
I watched the first one for the first 30mins and turned it off, not a Ben Stiller as I don't think he's remotely funny alike many other Hollywood supposed comedians. Kind of surprised Terminator isn't doing well but thats just the US market, ain't it? More

Posted by nybras at 14:05 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

m2 v t4
It was expected that Museum 2 would beat Terminator 4 as Museum 2 had so much more going for it, it recieved better reviews, the family film over the Memorial Day weekend. Against a Terminator film that has recieved poor reviews and a franchise that is now 25 years old. Going into next week Terminiator will drop off over 60% with Museum a lesser amount, but they both have to battle against Up. More

Posted by ZachTyler at 13:26 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

Why!
How can this be?! An unimaginative sequel beating a... Oh. :-) More

Posted by stevos at 12:58 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

american taste
I have seen night at the museum 2 last week and I thought it was a weak cash in. Lots of the same jokes, less substance. It felt like a big emptiness. I can't believe Terminator Salvation to be a lesser movie than "museum" so I have a hard time understanding why it lost from such a inspirationless sequell. Sure, Night at the museum is more of a familie movie, so it has a bigger audience but still, I thought Terminator would kick ass once it would come out in the states. Maybe it is one More

Posted by dutchSith at 12:40 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

Oh snap! More

Posted by Seamie at 12:39 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

I hear the cinematography wasn't up to much either.
:) More

Posted by O_Goncho at 11:59 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

reasons for T4s underperformance?
maybe the PG13 turned alot of fans off...whod have thought theyd ever make a PG 13 Terminator? and about the future war too....Fans were quite rightly annoyed by that - especially after the PG13 AvP and Die Hard 4.0....maybe if it had been R - anticipation would have been greater from the fanbase.. also rather than help the movie, maybe TSCC dampened interest and made a terminator movie less of an event….the same could be said of Superman Returns (with the smallville series) ... wond More

Posted by jackcarter at 11:57 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

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