The swivel-hipped strippers of “Magic Mike XXL” took round one in their July 4 weekend
The R-rated sequel to Channing Tatum‘s 2012 bump-and-grind hit narrowly topped the android epic in Tuesday night early shows by bringing in $2.4 million. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his crew brought in $2.3 million.
“Terminator: Genisys,” the PG-13-rated reboot of Paramount’s classic sci-fi action franchise that put the former Governator on the map when it launched 31 years ago, rolled out in 3,600 theaters Wednesday. Warner Bros.’ “Magic Mike” follow-up is in 3,350 locations.
With holdovers “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” still going strong, there should be plenty of fireworks. All four films have a good shot at hitting $50 million over the five-day holiday weekend.
While the opening weekend race between the “Terminator” reboot and the
Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Andie MacDowell co-star with Tatum in “XXL” which is directed by Gregory Jacobs. He was an assistant to director Steven Soderbergh who, along with star Matthew McConaughey, did not return from the first film.
Schwarzenegger’s co-stars in “Terminator: Genisys” are Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, and Alan Taylor directs.
The four previous “Terminator” films generated $4.1 billion at the global box office. The first two were written and directed by James Cameron, and the second, 1991’s “Terminator: Judgment Day,” ranks as the highest-grossing with $590 million globally and was widely acclaimed for its ground-breaking special effects. It featured Patrick Wilson as the relentless and shape-shifting T-1000 android villain.
The second and third installments, 2003’s “Rise of the Machines” and 2009’s “Salvation,” were directed by Jonathan Mostow and McG, respectively. “Rise of the Machines” took in $433 million and “Salvation” $371 million worldwide globally, but weren’t as well received by fans as the first two.
This July 4 weekend should be better than last year, when “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was No. 1 with a lackluster $37 million in its second week.