‘Terminator Salvation’ Rings Up $13.3 Million on Opening Day

The tally includes the estimated $3 million taken in from midnight screenings.

While this summer blockbuster didn't terminate the record books, it did post a solid showing in its first day of release. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Terminator Salvation brought in $13.3 million during its opening day on Thursday. The total was said to include the estimated $3 million from Wednesday night midnight screenings.

The Christian Bale/Sam Worthington film is said to be tracking at $70 million for the full five-day holiday frame, although it does have some competition this weekend as well. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which opens today, was tracking at $50 million for the holiday weekend and the spoof comedy Dance Flick was said to open somewhere in the teen millions.

Two recent summer hits also fared well on Thursday, with Star Trek's $3 million gross taking second place for the day, pushing the J.J. Abrams film to $161 million total and Angels & Demons came in third with $2.6 million, taking its total gross just past $160 million.

Terminator Salvation was released May 21st, 2009 and stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter, Anton Yelchin, Jadagrace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common. The film is directed by McG.

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  1. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    They've already stated the 3rd film is in pre-production loooking for a July 4th 2012 release date, give them a good year and a half for pre-production and a year and a hald for production and post

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  2. Diaigma


    Dude. Unicron. Planet devouring Robot. That would make for the perfect 3rd movie AND wrap up the trilogy, if they keep it at three (I hope). Plus, is some storylines, The Fallen wants REVENGE on Primus, who, after Fallen awakens, inadvertently alerts Unicron of his presence, thus bringing him to Earth. When they say "REVENGE OF THE FALLEN" I hope THAT'S what they're referring to.

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  3. slysnide

    $13.3 mil from 5/21 subtracted from a 70 mil speculation based on stats for the weekend gets $56.7 mil, minus $14.9 mil from 5/22 being Day 2 of release and a Friday would cut the intake even more...OR if you cut Saturday & Sunday's intake being Memorial Day Weekend that could also make a dramatic drop in box office intake...OR if you subtract Sunday's intake from tomorrow's intake STILL being Memorial Day Weekend then perhaps it'd STILL drop significantly, seeing as with $70 mil in 5 days (PROJECTED PREDICTION) means that since $13.3 mil X 5 = $66.5 mil (not $70 mil), meaning it must gain more in at least 1 of the 3 days thereafter (being 5/23-25), since $14.9 mil on 5/22 is a 12% gain, so by the end of tomorrow being Memorial Day itself, then the intake for 5/23-24 will be in, and it'll probly rise another $7-$10 mil minimum on either 5/23 and/or 5/24, raising the final 4 day Memorial Day Weekend (Huge Factor) intake to $48.2 mil maximum, PLUS Memorial Day itslef (Another Huge Factor) probly reigning in another $9-$12 mil could bring the final 5 day intake to $58 mil.

    Point being, "Angels & Demons" made $16.6 mil on day 1 to finish with $48 mil in its 3 day weekend, totalling $50.941 mil by the end of Monday 5/18. And it's currently at $81.6 mil. Reviews ARE powerful, as it only made $2.6 mil on the Thursday before Memorial Day, being a 12% drop from the previous days 18% drop from 5/19's 24% drop. BUT it jumped 131% to $6 mil on 5/22 from 5/21's intake, meaning it did better after a rough week, but may fare worse this weekend...thus bringing its final Memorial Day Weekend intake to a PROJECTED $97 mil max if it hovers at $5 mil per day on 5/23-25.

    And I wrote all this since the guy who authored the "BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN" for the 5/15-17 weekend blasted "Angels & Demons" by saying it wouldn't stand a chance against T4, but based on my projections, MW's own projections, and the reviews it's been getting all 'round the board, then it seems it'll only beat A&D by $10-15 mil max based on comparing their opening weekend intakes, with T4 having an extra 2 days added on to its weekend, as well as being released on Memorial Day Weekend. That's two major helpers for it. So that all considered, it would not be that great of a defeat. Though of course, I'm not saying I'm right, for I could be wrong on this. Though those two HUGE factors considered, it still wouldn't be that great of a defeat if it did meet MW's projection of $70 mil by Memorial Day's end, since it would be only a $22 mil increase from A&D cuz of its two extra days, and its popular Memorial Day Weekend.

    6 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  4. Chad Vital

    Dude that sucks lol. I told my family that Terminator Salvation was okay and they said it was good after we watched it. I made it sound iffy and so they were expecting it to probably suck. Like reverse psychology lol and it worked.

    I thought Transformers was amazing. It's a corny concept to begin with, ya know, giant robots fighting lol. But somehow they made it an interesting story so I'm not worried about the sequel at all.

    Diaigma, do you think they might make a 3rd film? I'm still in question but since this is such a huge money making franchise now, I wouldn't be suprised if they didn't make a 3rd film WITHOUT mentioning Unicron. Cause to be honest, what else could they do with the story from these two movies? They can't really drag it out into a 3rd film without bringing in new or more types of Transformers, for example Unicron. Shia could technically not be in the film, but these movies have revolved around humans on earth unless they take the fight back to their own rebuilt home world, they'll need a main human character on earth again. I'd like to see Grimlock but there's no way that will happen lol.

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  5. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Chad it is definately in there, ahhhhhh but seeing that scene really pissed me off, i wish they never showed it at the Angels & Demosn special preview.

    Angelks & Demons was pretty god damn awesome btw.

    I have to wait until 3rd of June for Terminator, which really f*cks me off. I hate these gaps between US & Uk releases, its why films generally lose money as well

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  6. Newkill3000

    I've have never seen so many explosions, so much action, and became so bored to the point i fell asleep. That's what happened with me in the first Transformers.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  7. Diaigma

    True. Either way, I'm still going, not that I'm expecting much. If they don't mention something about Unicron, I'll flip. I just wanna see The Last Airbender Teaser that'll come out with it :P

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  8. Newkill3000

    Yes, but always between history and predictions, history always ways. and history shows that pure action sequels never gross more than there originals.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  9. Diaigma

    LOL. It's cool, sliver. Don't worry. Predictions have said that Trans2 will be top this year, but it's not going to come close to Dark Knight's record. No worries.

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  10. EvilWhiteMale

    Man, this movie sucked the big one. So much potential and they ruined it with that sh*t-ass .


    6 years agoby @evilwhitemaleFlag

  11. Newkill3000

    Man, i'm too scared to see it for a second time. My f*cking head might blow off because i loved it so much the first time around. You know what would be a great fight scene. Terminators vs. the autobots.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  12. Chad Vital

    JA Ottley, I can only imagine how orgasmic that fight scene will be if it's in there lol. Megatron, Prime and The Fallen... wow.

    Transformers 2 is probably the most anticipated cause it looks so damn good in the trailers. Harry Potter looks cool too (and I'm not even a Harry Potter fan), I'm sure HP will do well out of the U.S. And I almost forgot, HP doesn't really NEED to be promoted lol it's got a huge following already.

    Btw to what Newkill said, must be man, but around here, I have asked people what they have thought and no one says they didn't like it. I saw it twice, and to be honest, I liked it better the 2nd time cause I noticed more smaller things. I'm serious, go see it again and it's better lol.

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  13. iatehisliver

    hahaha no i just want the dark knight to keep all the records it broke even though it doesnt have the imax record

    6 years agoby @iatehisliverFlag

  14. Diaigma

    I'm talking about the whole year of 2009, silver, not the summer season alone. Yes. Summer season is behind of last year, but the $$$'s from January until now make up that 20% ahead difference. That statistic can/will change in a matter of weeks if sales don't continue to keep up, so don't lose any sleep over my comment.

    And why don't you want to see The Giant Robot 2 movie make money? You got something against giant robots? Silver hates giant robots! :P

    Just kidding, dude. I have that Year One trailer stuck in my head.

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  15. iatehisliver

    and besides ust about a week later we have ice age 3 and public enemies

    6 years agoby @iatehisliverFlag

  16. iatehisliver

    as long as transformers 2 doesnt make 158 million in its opening week and doesnt make more than 532 million i will be happy

    6 years agoby @iatehisliverFlag

  17. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    I see Transformers 2 taking the top spot. The fight between Megatron, Optimus & Fallen is mad....

    I see Harry Potter coming in second place...

    New moon, not sure i've noticed that they had to attached the Twilight brand to it, which tells you something at the least.

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  18. Shelley

    Maybe, maybe not but every 'prediction' list I have seen has them as being number one this year. I guess we will see if they are right. I agree that Up will be big and then there is always Harry Potter and New Moon.

    6 years agoby @shelleyFlag

  19. Newkill3000

    I don't think Transformers 2 is going to perform well in the box office like the first one did.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  20. Shelley

    Just wait for Transformers 2 next month.

    6 years agoby @shelleyFlag

  21. Newkill3000

    Yeah, i agree with sliver. I mean the beginning of this year was off the charts, but we're nearing the end of May and still don't have a movie that had an opening weekend of at least 98 million, which Iron Man did. Wow, and it seems like i'm the only one who thought T4 was mind blowing. A lot of people must be getting that word of mouth saying that it's bad, and i guess that's why NAtM is beating it to the top spot. Although, I pretty sure Up is going to get really big. Maybe the biggest blockbuster of the summer.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  22. iatehisliver

    night of the museum did 15 million on friday beating terminator, this is down from last year, lets see in 06 xmen did 122, in 07 pirates did 139, in 08, indiana joes did 126, terminator wont even get to 100million how is that good

    6 years agoby @iatehisliverFlag

  23. Diaigma

    I just found out that overall ticket sales are 20% ahead of last year already. Movies do well in a bad economy :P

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  24. Diaigma

    My 6 bucks are in there...somewhere :P

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  25. CelluloidDreams

    Niiiiiiiice! I'm seeing "Terminator Salvation" tomrrow!!

    6 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  26. Shadow Of The Day


    6 years agoby @asifFlag

  27. JonSpidey07

    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian might come in 2nd place this weekend

    6 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  28. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Yeah but HP has already been seen and reviewed, and well critically demolished by fans, for creating a too romantic story, according to the reviews.
    But i guess we will have to wait and see.

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  29. Chad Vital

    Well Transformers has already begun promoting while Harry Potter is dorment it seems. Maybe closer to release they might but Tranformers is getting more attention.

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  30. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    I see the number one blockbusters being a batle between HP & Transformers 2, which i reckon Transformers will get it.

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

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