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Terminator Salvation Loses to Night at the Museum 2

Published May 26, 2009 in Box Office
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
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Terminator Salvation should have been the tentpole to beat this weekend, but it instead got annihilated by Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian.

Box Office Report: Terminator Salvation vs Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Opening to 4,096 theaters, Night at the Museum 2 used its family draw to gross a whopping $70 million. Terminator Salvation came in at second with $53.8 million. The fourth installment in the franchised opened Thursday, and has earned a five-day total of $67.2 million, way below expectations.

Some of Terminator Salvation's shortcomings have been credited to Star Trek, which, thanks to strong word of mouth, dropped a miniscule 49% in its third frame to earn another $29.4 million; making for a total domestic haul of $191 million.

Taking the fourth spot was Angels & Demons, which dropped an expected 54% to earn $27.7 million. The sequel has earned $87.8 million domestically and continues to do great overseas.

Also opening over the holiday weekend, the Wayans er, family should be satisfied with their $13.1 million take for Dance Flick.

Adding up the numbers, this year's Memorial Day was on par with last year. 2008, however, owes a lot of credit to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which opened up to $125 million over the extended weekend.

Posting unbelievable numbers this weekend, Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian scored the best Memorial Day opening ever for a PG-rated film.
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