Box Office: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Dances Past ‘Terminator Genisys’

Magic Mike XXL
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“Terminator Genisys” and “Magic Mike XXL” are on a collision course heading into the July 4th weekend, but neither film is providing the kind of spark to ticket sales that Hollywood had expected to see over the country’s birthday.

For the time being, “Magic Mike XXL” has a slight edge on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest comeback attempt. The stripper sequel danced its way on Wednesday to a $9.3 million opening, a figure that includes the $2.4 million that “Magic Mike XXL” generated in Tuesday evening shows. It bowed on 3,355 screens.

For its part, “Terminator Genisys” shot up $8.9 million in its first full day from 3,758 locations, 363 of which are Imax venues. That sum also includes the $2.3 million that the action adventure garnered during Tuesday night screenings. Both pictures could make north of $40 million over their first five days in theaters. That’s less than the $45 million to $50 million gross that “Magic Mike XXL” was originally expected to bump and grind to, and it falls short of the $55 million that “Terminator Genisys” was predicted to rack up.

“Magic Mike XXL” still stands to be profitable even if it misses initial projections. Warner Bros. produced the R-rated male dancer drama for a modest $14.8 million, a fraction of the $155 million that Paramount and Skydance Productions shelled out to try to revive the Terminator franchise. That hefty pricetag means that “Terminator Genisys” will need to get a boost from foreign audiences to avoid being one of the summer’s biggest disappointments. To that end, Paramount is rolling out the film in a number of foreign markets, representing 60% of the international landscape. In addition to Schwarzenegger, “Terminator Genisys” stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney. Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”) directs the time-bending saga.

Critics preferred “Magic Mike XXL” to “Terminator Genisys,” handing it a 59% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared with 26% for the cyborg follow-up. The first “Magic Mike” was a surprise summer breakout, earning nearly $40 million during its initial weekend in theaters. The follow-up brings back stars Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer, with an eye toward providing some “girls night out” fun. Gregory Jacobs takes over directing duties from Steven Soderbergh, who has turned his back on film in favor of television and other artistic endeavors.

The two new wide releases face fierce competition from holdovers “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World,” both of which could end up outpacing the newbies. “Jurassic World” surpassed the $500 million domestic mark on Sunday, and “Inside Out” crossed $200 million on Tuesday. The continued strength of these blockbusters is good news for the industry, because it appears the box office is going to have less to celebrate this Independence Day.

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  1. Tim says:

    magic mike is doing what its doing bc groups of 50 females are making a party out of the movie. Its like a get together. Terminator Gen was a GREAT movie! Right up there with #1 and #2! I usually dont like movies that get good reviews but T-5 is getting great reviews and from all the ladies Ive heard Magic Mike was awful but they just want to stare at the good looking guys. Tells us a lot about why everything is so messed up!

  2. nerdrage says:

    It’s good news when a cynical crap movie of a played-out franchise underperforms. There is no reason we need any more Terminator movies. The franchise is OVER, Hollywood, stop dragging its mangled corpse through the streets!

  3. Carl says:

    Terminator GeniFLOP, got beat out by male strippers.

  4. Miles says:

    are people truly this desperate for entertainment to go see those dancers do the same thing again??? geez louise ladies & gents!

  5. Al Swearengen says:

    It’s going to be so sweet if Terminator underperforms and loses out to Magic Mike. That franchise should only be handled by James Cameron.

  6. Tyler says:

    Good! I hope Terminator continues to suffer stagnant and crippling box office results. Terrible movie.

  7. TOM says:

    Pan & Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – box office bombs…….

    • Danielws says:

      Mission Impossible? Especially since the last film was well received? No way.

      • nerdrage says:

        Nah, Mission Impossible is like James Bond – never needs to end. It’s a situation, not a story.

        Terminator is a story, and there’s not too much to the story either. When you keep trying to draaaaag it out, you end up turning it into self-parody, which is where it is now. Please, just put it out of its misery.

  8. nerdrage says:

    Looks like Terminator is being Terminated by bad word of mouth. The trailers made the movie look terrible (maybe it really is terrible) while spoiling its stupid plot twist. Let’s hope it doesn’t make it up on the foreign BO.

  9. LOL says:

    Man, America loves nostalgia, shamelessly reviving fodder of its incipient yesteryears because it can’t face the declining empire it is now.

    Grow up, America. The Terminator franchise won’t bring back glory days, son.

    • Miles says:

      it sort of destroys your stupid anti-American “slam” when other films are doing great this year, and you’re just ‘cherry picking’ one movie to try and make some kind of silly political comment against us. Moron!

    • nerdrage says:

      Grow up, yourself. The box office is disappointing (to which I say: GOOD!)

      • Mike Smith says:

        I don’t know what the other guy is talking about. Mad Max pulled in 150 m in the US and never had a week-to-week decline worse than 47%. Not a JW smash, but far from a bomb, especially considering its R rating.

      • Grodd says:

        Actually America loves animation & superhero movies. All nostalgia movies except Jurassic Park or Star Wars don’t work there. Only international audience cares good entertaining movies which Terminator is. But as usual Americans will only go to see kiddy animation stuff like Inside Out or male strippers. Mad Max bombed in USA & Pitch Perfect made more money there; probably 50 shades of Grey 2 gonna make 1 billion in USA too, more proof that they don’t care about good movies.

  10. maria says:

    Skipped Magic Mike XXL. Not really that interesting for me.

  11. theeinvisiblecircus says:

    Reblogged this on Invisible Circus and commented:
    so basically what you’re saying is, see the shirtless guys and not the old guy

  12. nara tims says:

    It would be more enjoyable if the movie was about real artists and showing the delusion of the trade lifestyle, not the glamor of some fake-acting fantasy.
    The real artists lifestyle would scare young adults out of the strip-club trade.

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