Box Office: ‘Terminator Genisys’ and ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Off to Poor Start
The two new big arrivals at the box office this Fourth of July weekend are off to a poor start in their North American box office runs.
The long-awaited Terminator Genisys disappointed in ways few anticipated, debuting at No. 3 with an underwhelming $28.7 million for the weekend. The film, which opened last Wednesday, is now at a five-day gross of $44.1 million in North America. On a budget of $155 million, the movie needed to perform well stateside in order to recoup its investment, considering two sequels are already in pre-production, scheduled for 2017 and 2018, respectively. Of course, Terminator Genisys might still make back its budget, since it’s doing a whole hell of a lot better overseas than it is here. With an international gross of $85.5 million, the movie is sitting at a respectable $129.7 million worldwide. So this disheartening North American release won’t necessarily curtail any of the planned sequels, which really seem to exist only to squeeze what money they can out of the Terminator franchise before rights revert back to James Cameron in 2019.
Unfortunately, it’s a whole lot harder to be positive about this weekend’s other new arrival.
Magic Mike XXL opened at No. 4 with a scant $12 million for the weekend, and five-day gross of $27.1 million, which is well below the $39.1 million opening of the first Magic Mike in 2012. However, the film might be able to stay afloat if female audiences keep turning out for it, as females accounted for a virtually unheard of 96 percent of the audience. That’s a 23 percent improvement over the amount of females who turned out for the first film. It’s speculated that part of the reason for the film’s underwhelming debut is a mixture of tough competition and the lack of Matthew McConaughey, who played a big role in turning the first film into the surprise hit it ended up becoming. In addition, some insiders feel that the two big sequel disappointments of the past two weekends, Magic Mike XXL and Ted 2, suffered from the difficulty involved in creating and marketing a compelling sequel to such unique, one-off concepts. Ted 2 ended up rounding out the Top 5, which plummeted in its second week with an audience decline of 67 percent. The R-rated comedy took in $11 million to bring its North American gross to $58.3 million. Luckily, the movie doesn’t have much farther to go to top its $68 million budget. But I wouldn’t necessarily hold my breath waiting for a Ted 3.
But what about the top movies this weekend?
Well, it was yet ANOTHER slugfest between Jurassic World and Inside Out, as the two movies duked it out for the top spot for a third consecutive weekend. And this was the closest call yet!
By the time the dust settled, Jurassic World narrowly retained its title as box office king with a weekend gross of $30.9 million for the dinosaur blockbuster. Meanwhile, Disney-Pixar’s animated family film Inside Out fell just short, coming in at No. 2 with $30.1 million. It’s expected both films will see a bump once the final numbers come in later today, but for now, it’s looking like Jurassic World can’t be unseated. Granted, Minions comes out next week, and that should be huge with families in much the same way Despicable Me 2 ended up being. But then, who even knows, at this point? I don’t think anyone in the industry was expecting Jurassic World to have THIS kind of staying power. No. 1 for a week? Sure. For two weeks? Why not? But this movie has been chilling at the top of the cinematic food chain for damn near a month! That indicates some pretty big enthusiasm for the film. Hell, Inside Out would probably have been the one whose staying power we’d be marveling over in any other summer. But this just happened to be the summer with Jurassic World in it. Regardless, it’s hard to say its success is all nostalgia based, as some theorized when the film opened to such huge numbers. No, this is bordering on cultural phenomenon levels.
But how did the other films do at the box office? Check out the list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 07/06/2015
1. Jurassic World ($30.9 million)
2. Inside Out ($30.1 million)
3. Terminator Genisys ($28.7 million)
4. Magic Mike XXL ($12 million)
5. Ted 2 ($11 million)
6. Max ($7 million)
7. Spy ($5.5 million)
8. San Andreas ($3 million)
9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ($1.3 million)
10. Dope ($1 million)
What, if anything, did you see this weekend? What do you want to see? What future releases are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on this weekend’s box office bonanza, check out our film review of Terminator Genisys!