“Terminator Genisys” got off to a rough start at the box office opening weekend.
After the five-day holiday weekend, the film grossed $US44.2 million domestically at theatres, marking one of the lowest openings for the “Terminator” franchise.
While poor reviews for “Genisys” didn’t help, the failure of “Genisys” to take off state side could be rooted in something else.
Schwarzenegger is not a big star domestically anymore.
Here are the box-office opening weekends for Schwarzenegger’s last five films. We’re leaving “Maggie” off of here since it was a limited release in 79 theatres.
|Movie||Release date||Opening Weekend||Estimated budget|
|“The Expendables 2”||8/17/12||$US28.6 million||$US100 million|
|“The Last Stand”||1/18/13||$US6.3 million||$US45 million|
|“Escape Plan”||10/18/13||$US9.9 million||$US50 million|
|“The Expendables 3”||8/15/14||$US15.9 million||$US90 million|
And here are the worldwide grosses for them, broken down by domestic vs. international gross.
While the numbers for Schwarzenegger’s movies are low state side, “Sabotage” aside, they pick up overseas.
|Movie||Worldwide Gross||Domestic Gross||International Gross|
|“The Expendables 2”||$US305.4 million||$US85 million||$US220.4 million|
|“The Last Stand”||$US48.3 million||$US12 million||$US36.3 million|
|“Escape Plan”||$US137.3 million||$US25.1 million||$US112.2 million|
|“Sabotage”||$US17.5 million||$US10.5 million||$US7 million|
|“The Expendables 3”||$US206.2 million||$US39.3 million||$US166.9 million|
The 67-year-old actor is just a bigger foreign action star.
So it’s not a huge surprise Paramount Pictures, which released the film, did a lot of marketing for “Terminator Genisys” overseas in countries including Berlin, Brazil, Australia, and France.
While “Genisys” has made $US44 million domestically, the film has already made double that ($US85.5 million) internationally.
The film has yet to open in Germany, Japan, Spain, and China. The latter has become a huge source of box office dollars.
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