News: Common's "Terminator Salvation" Blasts $43 Mil Opening Weekend [Video]

Monday, May 25, 2009 7:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Common's new film Terminator Salvation, which co-stars Christian Bale, debuted at No. 2 over the weekend banking around $43 million in box office sales.

The rapper-turned-actor's latest movie fell short of taking the top spot by the weekend's No. 1 movie, Night at the Museum 2.

Museum 2 grossed an estimated $53.5 million from 4,096 theaters Friday through Sunday, while T4 grossed an estimated $43 million from 3,530 runs. Opening Thursday to $13.4 million, T4's cume is $56.4 million. Four-day totals for the long Memorial Day weekend won't be released until Monday night. But even with Monday's grosses yet to be factored in, Museum 2 appears to have the race sewn up. (Variety)

Terminator also beat out its other competition including Star Trek.

At No. 3 was Star Trek (Paramount), with $22 million in its third weekend, for a total take of nearly $190 million. Angels & Demons (Columbia Pictures) was No. 4 with $21.4 million in its second week ($81.2 million total), and rounding out the top 5 was the Paramount spoof Dance Flick with $11 million in its debut. With one more day to go, the Memorial Day weekend typically ranks as the first or second biggest box office session of the year. (New York Times)

Analysts claim the movie's sales were slightly held back due to various factors.

The studios generally try to avoid each other when they roll out their big movies. In this case, Night at the Museum played to a broad audience, while Terminator was more targeted at male moviegoers. Time Warner Inc (TWX.N)-owned Warner Bros. said Terminator was likely more affected by competition from the similarly-skewing Star Trek, which slipped one place to No. 3 in its third weekend with $22 million. The National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs also appeared to siphon off older men in cities such as Los Angeles. (Reuters)

Common recently spoke on his role in the new film.

"The preparation for this was a little different because you are dealing with a post-apocalyptic time, which is a time where no one can go and do research and say they lived in that time period," Common explained. "You can only imagine what it's like to live in a world that's been destroyed and then be in that place...My character, Barnes, is part of the resistance. He's like a spiritual revolutionary soldier. I look at my character as someone who's down for the spiritual fight and is a warrior...I'm pretty good with guns. I try not to involve myself with them in my everyday life. As an actor, I've become really good with guns." (Black Voices)

Check out the trailer for Terminator Salvation below:

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