Memorial Day Weekend: Box Office Bonanza25 May, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Terminator Salvation, the belated fourth installment in the faded action franchise, generated a surprisingly robust $43 million in U.S. theaters over the Memorial Day weekend, even though it's been six years since the last one and iconic star Arnold Schwarzenegger sat this one out as he wreaks havoc on the California economy rather than his onscreen nemeses (sorry, I had to make an editorial comment!).
Still, that wasn't enough to take the top spot on the weekend box office chart. That honor went to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, a sequel to the big Ben Stiller family comedy, which opened to $53.5 million.
Holdovers held up quite well. The Star Trek reboot earned nearly $22 million its third week on the big screen, enough to snag the No. 3 spot on the weekend box office chart. Its total gross is now at $183.6 million. And Angels & Demons dropped 53.7% from its No. 1 opening last weekend — not bad, considering most highly anticipated films slide in the 60% to 80% range — to finish in fourth place with $21.4 million.
Paramount's Dance Flick opened at No. 5 with $11.1 million.
For a good analysis of the weekend, get Brandon Gray's take at Box Office Mojo.