A pair of radically different franchises are looking to make sweet box office memories this Memorial Day weekend.
Terminator Salvation got a head start on the competition, opening Thursday at just over 3,500 theaters. The R-rated film is the fourth in the series and stars Christian Bale as John Connor fighting the future war against machines. It’s looking to improve on the performance of 2003′s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which grossed $150 million domestically. The high-water mark in the series remains Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which gross $204 million back in 1991.
Friday sees the Fox comedy adventure Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian arrive in 4,000 theaters. The film, a sequel to the 2006 hit, stars Ben Stiller and Amy Adams and is aimed squarely at the family audience with a PG rating. The original grossed $250 million domestically.
Also still in play is Star Trek, which held up remarkable well last week, its second in release, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, last weekend’s box office champ Angels & Demons, and DreamWorks Animation’s seemingly inexhaustible Monsters vs. Aliens.