Even with our own Matt Raub’s less-than-stellar review, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Termnator: Salvation hit the ground running and so far has done well at the domestic box office. With a first-day total of $13.3 million, including some Wednesday midnight performances, the film is expected to gross close to $70 million through the Monday holiday.
The first-day tally for the film fell short of any significant record, but that could be the good news for Warners if it’s to outpace Fox’s big opener, Night at the Museum 2, for weekend bragging rights. Weekend rankings will be based on Friday through Monday grosses and, according to the reporter, some had suggested a huge Thursday gross might sap the Terminator of sufficient boxoffice strength to take the top spot for the weekend.
Paramount’s Star Trek continued to perform well and was second among Thursday’s top grossers earning $3 million to make its total $161.6 million so far. Sony’s Angels & Demons was third with $2.6 million, pushing the Tom Hanks starrer beyond $160 million.
I guess you should never underestimate the power of Christian Bale, explosions and robots that kill.