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The Terminator

(1985)

Director(s)
Stars
Michael Biehn
Linda Hamilton
Paul Winfield
Lance Henriksen
Rick Rossovich
Bess Motta
Earl Boen
Dick Miller
Shawn Schepps
Bruce M. Kerner
Franco Columbu
Bill Paxton
Brad Rearden
Brian Thompson
William Wisher Jr.
Ken Fritz
Tom Oberhaus
Ed Dogans
Joe Farago
Hettie Lynne Hurtes
Tony Mirelez
Philip Gordon
Anthony Trujillo
Stan Yale
Al Kahn
Leslie Morris
Hugh Farrington
Harriet Medin
Loree Frazier
James Ralston
Norman Friedman
Barbara Powers
Wayne Stone
David Pierce
John E. Bristol
Webster Williams
Patrick Pinney
Bill W. Richmond
Chino Fats Williams
Greg Robbins
Marianne Muellerleile
John Durban
Marian Green
J. Randolph Harrison
David Kristin
Darrell Mapson
John Stuart West
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News
James Cameron is going back to the Terminator series to restart it, and with the latest news it looks like it will be a true sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

He already had Arnold Schwarzenegger on board and not The Hollywood Reporter is reporting he has Linda Hamilton back.

The character was killed off in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines which Cameron had nothing to do with, so to include the character and the original actress means the new trilogy will ignore all the films past part 2.

Terminator Genisys had the character but due to some time shift storyline it was a younger version and was played by Emilia Clarke.

The series is shaping up nicely, and it will be interesting to see how the story comes together if it is based 30 years after the events of Terminator part 2.

The threat of the terminator posed no challenge for the Minions this week as the little green beings held on to the top spot with relative ease.

A second week at the top and a weekend gross of £6.2 million brings the total gross of the animated film to £20.9 million after 10 days of release.

Highest new entry of the week is Mr Schwarzenegger's return to the franchise which made him a star, Terminator.

Terminator Genisys enters the chart at number 2 with a weekend gross of £3.7 million, a little low maybe for a highly anticipated film such as this.

In comparison Terminator Salvation made £6.9 million on its debut, Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines took £6.08 million on its debut, so Genisys is running at half those two films.

Jurassic World continues to pull in the numbers and this week brings its total to £53 million.

Other new film this week are Magic Mike XXL at 4, documentary Amy at 5, with £523,192 the highest new entry for a documentary in the UK and Guillaume Tell Royal Opera House at 8.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie retained its position at the top while the highest new film was Tammy at number 5.

Five years ago
Shrek Forever After was the highest new film of the week and the new number 1, it knocked Killers from the top spot after only a week.

Ten years ago
Stephen Spielbergs War of The Worlds was the top film on it's debut, it knocked Batman Begins from the top spot.

Fifteen years ago
Chicken Run made its debut at the top of the box office, it finally knocked Gladiator from the top.

Twenty years ago
Congo made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking Bad Boys down to number 1 after a week at the top.

The biggest of the weeks new releases hits the top of the box office with no current releases able to challenge it.

The 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street debuts at the top of the box office this week with a weekend take of around £4.8 million.

21 Jump Street was released in March 2012, a tougher time of year for a films release, it debuted at 2 taking £1.5 on it's debut going on to take nearly 10 million over 7 weeks. With better reviews this time around 22 should do better.

Jump Street removes last week top film Maleficent down to the runner up position although it still manages a £2 million weekend with a 10 day gross of £11 million.

Little else doing well on the box office this week, especially Grace of Monaco with enters the box office at 9 with just over £200,000 is takings, the one off D-Day concert did better from far less screens.

This time last year and despite the terrible reviews Will Smith and son debuted at the top with After Earth knocking The Hangover Part III to second place.

Five years ago the Terminator saga continued with Terminator Salvation taking over at the top on it's debut knocking Night at the Museum 2 down to second place.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took over from The Day After Tomorrow at the top which fell to second place.

Fifteen years ago Notting Hill retained it's place at the top for a second week leaving Human Traffic to debut at 3 at the highest new film.

Twenty years ago Four Weddings and a Funeral was still the top film around with Beverly Hills Cop III and Bad Girls debuting well.

Twenty Five years ago Indianan Jones and the Last Crusade was still the top film in June with the Bond film Licence to Kill and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels debuting well.

When you think that The Terminator stands of one of the best cinematic series of all time, and despite part 3 not being great the rights to Terminator and all that may have it's name attached have just been sold for as little as $30 million.

What's also surprising is that despite 2 big film studios/distribution companies bidding for the right, Sony and Lionsgate, the sale goes to holdings company Pacificor, but this seems more like a financial agreement rather than a purchase.

Previous rights holders Halcyon have been having money troubles, probably because of Terminator Salvation, and this sale will clear their debts, although they will still get $5 million from and further Terminator movies made and revenue from Terminator 3 and Salvation sales.

Ironically it seems that Sony, who have had international distribution on Terminator movies, are not out of the picture just yet as it's been reported that Pacificor may yet sell the rights to them?

Salvation was supposed to have been the start of a new trilogy, and there are still stories to tell in this series, but like other films that Orion Films made in the 80's and 90's copyright has been an issue getting in the way.

Fourth films in series are hard to get right, although in the terminator series the third was hard to get right, but maybe with the fourth something is going to be right.

The first glimpse can be seen in the new teaser trailer for Terminator Salvation, and although it doesn't give anything away I think Christian Bale could be quite good in the John Connor role, he has the look.

The film, as stated in the trailer, is the beginning of the end, although this is a new trilogy, and no Mr S. in these films. To be honest as long as ité─˘s Terminator through and through, which Terminator 3 failed to be for the large part, I doné─˘t mind. I managed to finally get round to watching the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles the other day, and the first episode was more Terminator the most of the 3rd film.

There is a bit of time to go yet before the release, currently scheduled for 5th June 2009, but this early glimpse gives hope. Check out the trailer here.

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 6

Chart history
Date
Place
Week
Total
1N
£438,020
£438,020
1▼▲
£219,010
£657,030
2
£109,505
£766,535
2▼▲
£54,753
£821,288
2▼▲
£27,377
£848,665
15
£66,492
£915,157
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £915,157 and the 2893th top grossing film in the UK

UK BBFC Certificate: 15

Genres:
Films in series