Box office: 'Terminator: Genisys,' 'Magic Mike XXL' fizzling in US
Leftovers seem to be the dish of choice at the Fourth of July box-office picnic.
"Inside Out" and "Jurassic World" continue to dominate in their third and fourth weekends, respectively, while new entries "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL" aren't living up to expectations after opening midweek.
From Pixar and Disney, "Inside Out" topped Friday with $12.5 million for a domestic total of $228.6 million. Box office observers have it earning $30 million for the three-day weekend, putting it narrowly ahead of "Jurassic World," which grossed $11.8 million Friday for a projected $28.9 million weekend.
"Terminator: Genisys" -- which never expected Jurassic World to still be so strong -- placed No. 3 Friday with an estimated $10.8 million for a three-day cume of roughly $26 million. The tenptole is tipped to earn in the $28 million range for the three days, putting its five-day debut at roughly $43 million, a poor start.
Coming in No. 4 Friday was "Magic Mike XXL" with $6.3 million. The movie, whose two-day total is $21.3 million, is expected to gross $15 million-$16 million for the three days, and $30 million for the five-days, well behind the $39.1 million debut of the first "Magic Mike."
"Genisys" clearly has far more at stake, considering its $155 million production budget and ambitions of relaunching the storied franchise. Paramount and and David Ellison's Skydance partnered on the film, which had hoped to at least hit $55 million in its North American launch, but has been hampered by poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore.
The movie will need to do sizeable business overseas, where it is playing in 60 foreign markets this weekend, grossing a promising $28 million through Thursday. In Russia on Thursday it opened to $2.5 million, 366 percent head of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol." And it paced 8 percent ahead of Ghost Protocol in South Korea with $1.8 million.
Alan Taylor directed "Genisys," with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as a Terminator. He stars opposite Emilia Clarke, who plays John Connor's mother, Sarah, and Jason Clarke, who plays John Connor. Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons co-star. This time out, John Connor sends Kyle Reese (Courtney) back in time to protect his mother, but things soon go awry.
Warner Bros.' "Magic Mike XXL" is likewise doing less business than expected -- tracking suggested it would hit $40 million-$55 million for the five days -- but cost a mere $14.8 million to make. The R-rated comedy grossed $5.7 million Thursday to place No. 4, putting its two-day total at $15 million for a projected five day gross in the mid- to high-$30 million range. The sequel had won Wednesday, thanks to fans rushing out to see the movie, but has fallen fast since.
"Magic MIke XXL," the sequel to Steven Soderbergh's sleeper hit, has fared better with critics and moviegoers, who gave it an A- CinemaScore.
The sequel was made this time without Matthew McConaughey, who played an undeniable role in turning "Magic Mike" into a sleeper hit in summer 2012 after the film opened to $39.1 million. But Channing Tatum, himself a popular star and whose early career as a male stripper inspired the film series, did return, alongside Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Gregory Jacobs directed.