Terminator fails to draw the crowds

Arnold Schwarzenegger (right) and Emilia Clarke (left) posing at the South Korean release Terminator Genisys.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (right) and Emilia Clarke (left) posing at the South Korean release Terminator Genisys. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK - "Old, but not obsolete." Arnold Schwarzenegger repeatedly deadpanned that line in Terminator Genisys, which opened last Wednesday, but a lot of moviegoers in North America decided otherwise.

Terminator Genisys, which cost Skydance Media and Paramount Pictures at least US$155 million (S$209 million) to make, took in an estimated US$28.7 million over the weekend, for a five-day total of US$44.2 million, according to Rentrak, which compiles box-office data. Paramount had hoped for a five-day total of US$50 million to US$55 million.

The opening box-office results for the movie, which returned Schwarzenegger to his signature cyborg role, were among the worst in the five-movie Terminator series, which began in 1984.

The movie did much better overseas, where Schwarzenegger's star power is brighter; Terminator Genisys has taken in US$85.5 million from partial release in international markets, Paramount said.

Bad reviews likely played a role in the United States and Canada, but Terminator Genisys also ran into stronger-than-expected competition.

The No. 1 movie over the Fourth of July weekend was Jurassic World (Universal Pictures), which collected about US$30.9 million, for a four-week domestic total of US$558.2 million. Pixar's Inside Out (Walt Disney Studios) was a close second, selling about US$30.1 million in tickets, for a three-week domestic total of US$246.2 million.

Then came Terminator Genisys, followed by another new underperforming wide release: Magic Mike XXL (Warner Bros), a dance- themed drama about a former stripper starring Channing Tatum, took in about US$12 million, for a total since opening Wednesday of US$27.1 million.

That performance was also weak - the first Magic Mike had opening-weekend sales of US$39.1 million in 2012 - but the sequel cost only about US$15 million to make.

Also of note: Amy, a documentary about the singer Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, took in US$222,015 from just six theatres, one of the best limited debuts of the year.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2015, with the headline 'Terminator fails to draw the crowds'. Print Edition | Subscribe