It turns out male strippers and time-traveling robots don’t stand a chance against dinosaurs and the emotions of a teenage girl. In their opening weekends, “Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator Genisys” were disappointments at the domestic box office as “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” continued to fight it out for the number one spot.
“Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator Genisys” both opened on Wednesday, but ultimately fell short of expectations at the box office. “Genisys” made an estimate of $28.7 million during the three-day weekend and $44.1 million over the course of five days. At the end of the three day weekend, the sequel to 2012’s “Magic Mike” brought in $11.6 million, and $26.7 million in total for its first five days.
Prior to their opening, it was estimated that “Magic Mike XXL” would make $45 million to $48 million and “Genisys” would bring in over $50 million by the end of the five day weekend. This clearly wasn’t the case. This was the weakest opening for a film in the “Terminator” franchise, and “Magic Mike XXL” didn’t manage to surpass the first movie, which made $39 million during its opening weekend.
Part of the problem may be the critical reception to both films. 'Terminator Genisys,' which features "Game of Thrones" Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, currently has a 39% rating on Metacritic. "Magic Mike XXL" performed better with critics and is currently at 60% rating on Metacritic.
On the flip side, it was great weekend for Disney/Pixar and Universal. By the end of the three-day weekend, “Jurassic World” were neck and neck for the top spot with the “World” making an estimated $30.9 million” and “Inside Out” making $30.1 million. This number could very well change when the final numbers are released. However, it is worth noting that “Inside Out” was the winner of the five day Fourth of July frame as it made $45.3 million over “Jurassic World’s” $43.8 million.
“Jurassic World” continues to break records. After this weekend, the Chris Pratt-led film is the fifth highest grossing film worldwide of all time having made an estimated $1.385 billion, pushing “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to the sixth spot. Domestically, “Jurassic Park” is the fastest film to ever reach the $550 million mark, doing so in 24 days.
Making $11 million at the box office in the three day frame, Seth McFarlane’s “Ted 2” came in fifth place. This was a 67 percent drop from last weekend. Over the five days, it made $17 million.