Entertainment The Power of Stern Double Feature: Both Terminator and Magic Mike tank at the Box office

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  1. Rob0729

    Rob0729 Well-Known Member

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    Howard had both Channing Tatum and Arnold Schwartzenegger in the studio to promote their movies. Not only did neither finish number one (Terminator was #3 and Magic Mike was #4), they both fell well below their studio's low end estimates.

    Loser: Terminators Past, Present, and (Alternate) Future
    Maybe Skynet pinning humanity under its virtual thumb just doesn’t scare us as much in a world in which machines pretty much run our lives. Despite the return of Schwarzenegger himself in the role that put him on the path to worldwide superstardom, and a generous pat on the back from original director James Cameron, Terminator Genisys landed with a metallic thud in North America, earning $28.7 million for the weekend and $44.1 million over the five-day holiday. Not only did Terminatordecidedly not dethrone Jurassic World and Inside Out, it couldn’t even hit Paramount’s lowered expectations.2 Genisys opened far short of McG’s much-maligned Terminator Salvation (which debuted to $42 million over Memorial Day 2009) and even failed to beat Judgment Day, which earned $31.7 million in July 1991 — Genisys couldn’t clear that hurdle with more than two decades of inflation giving it a boost.

    Not that this came as a surprise. Terminator Genisys never really had its moment of buzz, and when the studio decided to give away the film’s key twist in the second trailer — which ruffled the feathers of even a team player like director Alan Taylor — you could smell blood in the water. Marketing-wise, Paramount may have done everything it could to jump-start the first installment of a planned new trilogy: Super Bowl spots, a Waze cross-promotion, and Arnold in full T-800 gear freaking out tourists on Hollywood Boulevard. But it could budge the needle ofaudience interest only so much for a franchise that has felt played out for a long time now, after muddled sequels like Rise of the Machines andSalvation.

    Additionally, Genisys’s27 percent Tomatometer rating wasn’t doing it any favors. If anything, that critical quality gap is what separates Genisysfrom Jurassic World: Both are nostalgia-laden reboots of beloved mega-franchises that ditched the more cynical sequels preceding them. Yet one’s now the fourth-biggest film of all time domestically, while the other will be lucky to clear $100 million. At the end of the day, sometimes it just comes down to the film itself.

    If there’s any salvation for this franchise, it’ll come from abroad, because international audiences still love our reheated leftovers: Genisys won the weekend internationally and has earned $85.5 million overseas, which it’ll need to recoup its $155 million budget.3 Paramount’s also hoping a Chinese windfall might boost Genisys’s eventual worldwide total closer to $400 million, given how much films like Furious 7 earn there; but the movie honchos in China haven’t even given it a release date, because they’re running an unofficial “blackout” period right now to protect homegrown movies from getting steamrolled by our all-American exports. Given the dueling imperatives of politics and Chinese blockbuster appetite, they could easily dump a “subpar” blockbuster. Anything less than $300 million could put the final nail in theTerminator-verse’s coffin, not that many of us would shed tears over that outcome. On the bright side, maybe Hollywood will learn a lesson about the hubris of slating films with little more than a working title and a release date. But, you know: probably not.

    Loser: Washboard Abs
    Arnold wasn’t alone in missing the mark; Magic Mike XXL came in fourth this weekend with $12 million over the three-day weekend and $27.1 million for the five-day holiday, significantly less than the original’s $39 million opening (three-day) weekend. That’s also well below Warner Bros.’s hopes for a five-day, $50 million bonanza, which were further fanned by XXL’s roaring $9.3 million Wednesday opening. Even in the Twitter-run world in which audience reaction can sink a film after Friday, that’s a fast plunge; perhaps it had something to do with the jaw-dropping fact that 96 percent of XXL’saudience was female. But even if XXLdoesn’t come close to the original’s $113 million domestic total, it’s already earned back its tiny $14 million budget. Frankly, the originalMagic Mike probably benefited from tapping into the recession-tinged zeitgeist. Male-stripping movies have always only ever been a niche genre, so even XXL’sreduced prospects could be considered another example of underserved female audiences’ box office muscle.

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    Rob0729 Well-Known Member

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    And let's not forget that Ted2 tanked at the box office after Seth MacFarlane did the show.

    "Robin, I don't know why more stars don't come in to promote their movies. We have 27 million loyal subscribers who will go see anything that I ask them to."
     
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    Exhausted concept, old star who fucked the Mexican maid while he was Governor of California, knocked her up, produced a kid... you just don't do that. Go AWAY, Ahnold. Magic Mike I've never heard of. All summer movies generally suck hard. Nothing but special effects.
     
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    Well, All 4 of his loyal listeners saw the movies. Bobo saw them twice. The power of Stern!
     
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    who would go see magic mike besides the gays? what could that script for morons possibly offer anyone with half a brain?
     
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    Robin, when people come in to promote moves with us we give them a slow build at the box office. My millions of fans are busy watching AGT and are on Ashley Madison so they will take their dates to see them in due time. Robin, Robin?
     
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    You can take that a step further. All movies generally suck hard over the last 25 years.
     
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    Inside Out is really good though...
     
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    I had to double check this on boxofficemojo. I knew Jurassic World was popular but this and Furious 7 being so high up on the list comes as a surprise.
     
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    Terminator Genisys only made $100 million worldwide this weekend ... FLOP! :behave:
     
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    Magic Mike didn't lose - they made that shit for $14M. Made profit its first 5 days.
     
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    No one says that it didn't make money. I and the article said it made far less than the first movie and the studio estimates for its opening weekend.
     
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    Considering with the marketing budget, it probably cost them $250-300 million, it has a long way to go to break even.
     
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    Robin, I thought Magic Mike XXL had everything that any gay older man would want in a movie. Wow, I'm flabbergasted that no one wants to see a bunch of guys prance around on a stage stripping....
     
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    The article says 'Loser' - I was just stating the fact it is far from a loser. It came in below expectations, but will still beat its margins very quickly.

    Terminator needs some serious foreign plays to cover it's prod and mark costs - which it might do, foreign box offices love that shit.
     
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    I saw Terminator Genisys and, sadly, it was pretty bad.
     
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    See, now THERE is a movie I'd actually wanna watch!
     
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    Broads.
     
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    First one had Olivia Munn topless
     
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    Agree - really cool story and full of that Pixar magic. I'm a softy but it was really good.
     
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