I was one of those that helped Night at the Museum 2 grab that number one spot at the box office this weekend but am really surprised that it managed to overshadow Terminator. Of course, I shouldn’t really be especially since I am one of those who plan to see Terminator this coming weekend instead having preferred to see the other movie. Just goes to show that people for the most part still do put their kids wishes ahead of their own. Besides how can a PG-13 movie win against a PG movie when your kids and nephews aren’t teenagers yet?
The bad news for Terminator though is that even without considering Night at the Museum’s performance it didn’t do that well in the box office, at least considering the amount of money poured into it. During the five days that it’s been running it has only earned a total of $67.2 million. It took $200 million to make the film. According to Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Dan Fellman they are not disappointed with the figures at all since they know that the sci-fi flick has a narrowly defined niche audience.
The weekend box office closed with “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” at No. 1 with $70 million, “Terminator Salvation” at No. 2 with $53.8 million, “Star Trek” slipping to No. 3 (not surprising since it’s already the movie’s 3rd weekend), and “Angels and Demons” at No. 4.