Relics vs. Terminators! "Night at the Museum 2" Tops "Terminator Salvation" at Box-Office! 


Ben Stiller beat Christian Bale at the box-office.

"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" starring Stiller took in $70 million over the Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, Bale's "Terminator Salvation" pulled in $53.8 million to a total of $67.2 million since debuting Thursday.

(Read my written review of "Terminator Salvation" right here, and watch my fun one-on-one interviews with the cast right here.)

Bale's film was seen as the would-be leader at the box-office, so what happened?

"I think people expected it to be No. 1 because of that 'Terminator' name alone," said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com. "If you look at it objectively though, it's a sci-fi action film that played to an older audience. It didn't have the broad based appeal of 'Night at the Museum.'"

Could it be that moviegoers were just tired of the back-to-back sci-fi adventure flicks? Since "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opened May 1st, there was an onslaught of sci-fi films such as "Star Trek" and "Terminator Salvation."

Speaking of "Star Trek," the film is living long and prospering at the box-office. With $29.4 in ticket sales last weekend ($191 total since it opened), it's now approaching the title "the year's top-grossing movie."

Previous No. 1 film, "Angels & Demons" fell to fourth place with $27.7 million lifting its domestic total to $87.8 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of May 22nd:

1. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $70 million.
2. "Terminator Salvation," $53.8 million.
3. "Star Trek," $29.4 million.
4. "Angels & Demons," $27.7 million.
5. "Dance Flick," $13.1 million.
6. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," $10.1 million.
7. "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," $4.8 million.
8. "Obsessed," $2.5 million.
9. "Monsters vs. Aliens," $1.9 million.
10. "17 Again," $1.3 million.

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