Comedian Ben Stiller beat action hero Christian Bale in North American movie theaters so far over this U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to box office figures released Sunday.
The 20th Century Fox comedy “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” is expected to take in an estimated 53.5 million dollars in the three-day reporting period, far exceeding the 30.4- million-dollar opening of its predecessor in 2006.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ sci-fi sequel “Terminator Salvation” was in second place with 43 million dollars over the same period, according to box office tracking website Hollywood.com.
The latest “Terminator” film, starring Bale, fell short of the 44-million-dollar debut of the previous installment in the famous sci-fi series, 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” which is the last in the franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
However, the new “Terminator” sequel opened Thursday, a day earlier than other new releases to take advantage of the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the United States. The film has taken in 56. 4 million dollars over four days since its release.
Last week’s box office leader, Sony Pictures’ “Angels & Demons, ” a sequel to “The Da Vinci Code,” slipped three slots to No. 4 with 21.4 million dollars, taking 81.5 million dollars over two weeks.
While Paramount’s “Star Trek” slipped only one place to No. 3 with 22 million dollars. The 11th installment of the classic sci- fi franchise has taken in 183.5 million dollars in North America after three weekends.
Rounding out the top five movies in North America this weekend is “Dance Flick,” a new release by Paramount, which debuted with 11 million dollars.