UPDATE, THURSDAY, 8:30 AM: Magic Mike XXL woke up this morning to a bedful of cash after collecting $9.315M on its opening Wednesday and earning an A- CinemaScore. That’s fantastic because audiences graded the first film a B in July 2012, and that title went on to post a $39.1M weekend and a final domestic B.O. of $113.7M.
Magic Mike XXL‘s domination exemplifies the upward trend of females’ stampede at the multiplex and their demand for edgier fare, read Fifty Shades Of Grey (again, we’ve seen this uptick since 2008’s Sex And The City). Last night, 96% of Magic Mike XXL‘s audience was comprised of females — that’s the biggest female share ever, outstripping Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (96%) and Sex and the City 2 (90%). Rentrak’s Post Trak is also showing a strong turnout for women at 82%, who awarded the film 4.5 out of 5 stars with a 69% definite recommend. A majority of those ladies attending at 34% came out because they’re huge Channing Tatum fans. Magic Mike XXL also drew an older female crowd with 55% over 25. On Monday, pre-sales at the top major chains -AMC, Regal and Cinemark — showed Magic Mike XXL outpacing Terminator Genisys three-fold, indicative of older women buying MMXXL tickets in advance.
The Warner Bros. beefcake sequel punched out Terminator Genisys for the top spot yesterday. Paramount is reporting $8.9M for the fifth-quel at 3,758 venues. Both Wednesday totals for Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys include respective Tuesday preview B.O. of $2.4M and $2.3M. Terminator Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor, whose long resume includes Game Of Thrones episodes as well as the Disney Marvel box office hit Thor: The Dark World ($85.7M opening, $206.4M total).
Terminator Genisys earned a B+ CinemaScore, which is the same grade that Terminator Salvation and Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines earned. James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day is the only title in the franchise per CinemaScore history to have earned an A+ in 1991. Folks under 25 gave Terminator Genisys an A-. The Skydance co-production also has extra power from 363 Imax halls. Per early morning estimates, Disney Pixar’s Inside Out took third on Wednesday with $7.5M and a running cume of $208.3M. Universal’s Jurassic World made $6M in fourth with a total cume of $520.3M. Ted 2 grossed an estimated $3M in fifth raising its six-day total to $44M while Warner Bros. Max earned $1.5M from a six-day running cume of $17.1M.
PREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY, 9:26 AM after 8:30 AM post: Magic Mike XXL danced so well last night, he beat Terminator Genisys. The Warner Bros. sequel started collecting dollar bills last night at Tuesday night previews, counting $2.4M while Paramount/Skydance’s Terminator Genisys made $2.3M at 2,527 venues.
Magic Mike XXL has a bigger cash wad in its pants than his first 2012 Thursday pre-show which made $2.05M. The Channing Tatum sequel is currently pacing ahead of Fox’s Spy in Fandango presales at the same point in its cycle and the film expands to 3,355 playdates today. The first Magic Mike in 2012 posted a $19.4M opening day on its way to a $39.1M weekend. Tuesday’s ticket sales for Magic Mike XXL will be included in Wednesday’s tally.
Terminator Genisys‘ Tuesday take bests the preview B.O. for Paramount’s Hercules which made $2.1M.
Early AM estimates also show Inside Out passed a joyful $200M last night making it the second-fastest Pixar title to hit that level. Toy Story 3 rallied past $200M in nine days, while IO did it in 13. IO beat Jurassic World last night, $8.8M to $7.5M. The current domestic B.O. for JW is $514.4M.
Terminator Genisys goes wide in 3,758 locations today. Over the weekend, Terminator Genisys collected $8.4M in 10 foreign territories. According to Fandango’s presales, Terminator Genisys is pacing ahead of San Andreas at the same point in its sales cycle.
Among record Independence Day previews, 2010’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse holds the title with $30M from Wednesday midnight shows. After that, it drops all the way down to the $13.5M posted by Wednesday 9pm and midnight showings of 2011’s Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon.
Terminator Genisys marks Paramount’s fourth release out of a 10-title 2015 slate. The studio’s previous release was the February 20 comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 which ran cold at the B.O., grossing $12.3M. The studio’s high point so far this year is The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water which soaked up $162.99M.
Despite the entry of Terminator and Magic Mike XXL, many anticipate that Jurassic World and Inside Out could take the top two spots at the domestic B.O. over five days. Terminator Genisys is hoping for $30M-$35M over three days and $50M-$55M over five days. As of Monday, many distribs expected both holdovers, Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL to be in $45M-$50M range for the five-day weekend.
Fox Searchlight’s Sundance acquisition Me And Earl And the Dying Girl expands from 354 to an estimated 850 theaters today.