It was a great weekend at the box office this past Memorial Day weekend (5/21/09 – 5/23/09). The number one and two movies alone made over $123 million.
As BC Doan and I predicted in Movie News 6, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian came in at number one at the box office. It made $70 million. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is the sequel to Night at the Museum, which came out in 2006. The sequel made more than the first one. Night at the Museum made $30.4 million in its opening weekend. According to reports, the people who did Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian didn’t expect it to do as well as it did. They thought Terminator Salvation would have been the one in the number one spot. That brings me to the number two movie.
Terminator Salvation came in at number two at the box office. It made over $53 million. It also made an additional $13.4 million since opening on Thursday. The movie has made $67.2 million since its opening day. I think Terminator Salvation would have opened better had Arnold Schwarzenegger had played a bigger part in the movie. The other three Terminator movies were about the Terminator, which Arnold played in the movies. This one was more focused on John Connor. I heard that Arnold has a cameo appearance in Terminator Salvation. Terminator played to an older audience. It didn’t have the broad based appeal of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. There was controversy surrounding Terminator Salvation. Christian Bale reportedly had conflict with the director of the movie. He was taped yelling at the director. There were also rumors that he wanted his character, John Connor, to play a bigger role in the movie.
Star Trek slipped to number 3 with over $29 million. It held up well at the box office. It’s on its way of becoming the year’s top grossing movie. It has made $193.5 million so far. Last week’s number one movie Angels & Demons slipped to number four with over $27 million. It has made $87.8 million so far. I expected it to slip, but I didn’t expect it to slip all the way to fourth place. I figured it would have slipped to second or third place. Rounding out the top five was Dance Flick, which came in at number five with over $13 million. This is a spoof movie about dance flicks produced by the Wayans’ family. Some of the Wayans also star in the movie. I wasn’t surprised that it didn’t debut that well. It had too much stiff competition to make it to number one.
Here are the top 10 movies for the week:
- *Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – 70 million
- *Terminator Salvation – 53.8 million
- Star Trek – 29.4 million
- Angels and Demons – 27.7 million
- *Dance Flick – 13.1 million
- X-Men Origins: Wolverwine – 10.1 million
- Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – 4.8 million
- Obsessed – 2.5 million
- Monsters vs. Aliens – 1.9 million
- 17 Again – 1.3 million
*indicates new movies
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