Box Office: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Narrowly Beats ‘Terminator’ With $2.4 Million on Tuesday

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator: Genisys” and Channing Tatum’s “Magic Mike XXL” were in a neck-and-neck race on Tuesday night.

Magic Mike XXL” took in $2.4 million on Tuesday — 18% above the preview show earnings from 2012’s original “Magic Mike.”

Terminator: Genisys” came in just behind with $2.3 million at 2,527 locations, beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. That’s similar to the $2.7 million that “San Andreas” reeled in last month and the $2.1 million “Hercules” earned— both from Thursday previews.

Paramount-Skydance’s “Terminator: Genisys” is on track to debut between $50 million and $55 million over its first five days of release, and should pull in $30 million to $35 million over the Fourth of July weekend. The fifth film in the “Terminator” series debuts across 3,600 locations.

Besides Tatum, the R-rated “Magic Mike XXL” stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Andie MacDowell. It’s expected to bow to $45 million to $48 million across 3,355 locations during its first five days, and $28 million over the holiday weekend. 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.

However, the fourth frame of Universal’s “Jurassic World” and the third weekend of Disney’s “Inside Out” should remain box office forces. 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 “Inside Out” should cross $200 million on Wednesday.

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The original “Terminator” launched the career of James Cameron and gave Schwarzenegger his most iconic role. The franchise is expected to churn out two more films.

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