Box Office: ‘Terminator Genisys,’ ‘Magic Mike XXL’ to Battle Holdovers for Top Spot

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Terminator Genisys” and Channing Tatum starrer “Magic Mike XXL” are set to go toe-to-toe this weekend, with both new movies expected to hit at least $40 million at the five-day holiday weekend box office, according to early forecasts on Wednesday.

First estimates showed both films finishing their opening days Wednesday in the $9.5 million to $10 million range. The Wednesday estimates included Tuesday-night preview showings, with “Magic Mike XXL” taking in $2.4 million, edging out “Terminator Genisys” with $2.3 million at 2,527 locations.

The top end of five-day forecasts for Paramount-Skydance’s “Terminator Genisys” has been $55 million at 3,600 locations, while Warner Bros.’ “Magic Mike XXL” is predicted to finish in the mid-to-high 40s at 3,355 sites, with one tracker suggesting “Mike” would finish under $40 million.

Besides Tatum, the R-rated “Magic Mike XXL” stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash and Andie MacDowell. The story centers on a road trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., site of a stripper convention.

The original “Magic Mike” was a surprise success, opening with $39 million on its first weekend on its way to a $113 million total in the U.S. The sequel has a 59% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared with 26% for “Terminator Genisys.”

The fourth frame of Universal’s “Jurassic World” and the third weekend of Disney’s “Inside Out” will also present a challenge. Both pictures could pull in numbers similar to those of the two new wide releases, racking up as much as $50 million over five days.

“Jurassic World” surpassed the $500 million domestic mark on Sunday and added $14 million in the next two days. “Inside Out” crossed $200 million on Tuesday.

“Terminator Genisys” carries a hefty $155 million pricetag for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Prods. Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke also star in a story set in the year 2029 amid a war against machines and a fractured timeline due to time travel.

The film represents something of a test as to whether Schwarzenegger still has significant star power in the wake of poor performances by “Escape Plan” (2013) and “Sabotage” (2014).

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  1. Faye says:

    LOL, Terminator got beaten out by male strippers. It’s high time for Arnold to finally retire.

  2. billy says:

    i would pay money to not see any of these films, they hold absolutely no interest for me whatsoever. In fact it is seldom that hollywood releases anything i am interested in these days, as the focus seems to be cgi and hot bods vs. acting and story.

  3. buffalobilly says:

    people were walkin out of terminator mid way thru
    kinds same old same old…

  4. JF Foster says:

    I have no idea what he is trying to say either. I have yet to see any of these movies, but I suspect that everyone is getting paid quite well across the board.

  5. hawkins says:

    i wouldn’t love it , terminator is an actual proper film mike is garbage unfortunately Jurassic world messed up the box office weekend for these films, such a shame,

  6. Al Swearengen says:

    I would love it if Magic Mike XXL somehow managed to out gross Terminator.

    • adele says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised at all if “Magic Mike II” exterminates “Terminator 5” this holiday weekend. 67-year-old Arnold is inches away from being proclaimed boxoffice poison. And while Tatum has been scorched with two b.o. flops since the first “Mike” was a surprise hit 3 years ago, during that same period of time Matt Bomer’s popularity has skyrocketed thanks to his deserved multi-awards for his amazing performance in HBO’s “Normal Heart”. And if the “Mike” producers had been savvy enough to snag Derek Hough to join the cast, this movie-star-waiting-to-happen might well have helped the sequel to outgross its predecessor. During the past 3 years, Hough’s fanbase has tripled (at least); this unacknowledged “star” of TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” has not only copped an Emmy, but his presence alone was responsible for selling out all 6000 seats for most of his appearances in Radio City’s Spring Extravaganza, and his musical stage tour with his sister was such a sellout last summer that it’s currently setting records at bigger venues this summer. But even without him, the drooling ladies who made “Magic Mike” a goldmine will no doubt return for the much-hyped encore, quite possibly leaving “Terminator 5” in the dust, suffering from terminal franchise fatigue. In any case, “Mike” (with a $14.5-mil budget) should be in the black next Monday, while “T-5″‘s $155-mil pricetag means it better do blockbuster business overseas. Or else!!! We’ll know soon enough.

      • buffalobilly says:

        indeed, Bomer was fantastic in it.
        Hough is a star in future 4 sure.

      • I wouldn`t be surprised either, the only reason to see Terminator for me would be Emilia Clark, definitelty not Arnie ! Arnie at 67 is far past his prime, and at this point seems like he would do anything for money ! Grandpa Terminators that need Depends for oil leaks, just don`t interest me !

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