After our recent news report that, according to Forbes, it looks like Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D may turn out to be a box-office disappointment in the United States, some Terminator fans became furious! They wondered how could a news site judge box-office disappointment with a movie in such a limited release? T2 in 3D is only playing in 463 theaters for crying out loud!
First, to refresh your memory, this is what Forbes reported (after calling T2 a “bomb” in its headline):
FORBES: “Finally, for what it’s worth, Terminator 2: Judgment Day returned to theaters this weekend, via 463 3D auditoriums. The James Cameron action classic earned around $275,000 yesterday for what will likely be a $880k weekend. That’s not good, even by the standards of 1980′s and 1990′s classics doing the 3D reissue thing. Top Gun 3D (which also played in IMAX) earned $1.9 million in its opening weekend in 2013 while Raiders of the Lost Ark earned $1.6m via same in 2012. And that’s not even counting much bigger and more high-profile reissues (Titanic, The Lion King, Jurassic Park, etc.) over the last several years.”
Probably the best comparison Forbes could make is comparing Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D… to the 3D converted, limited theatrical re-release of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun 3D in 2013. Let’s compare the United States opening weekend gross of both of these movies:
If you look at the chart, in 2013 “Top Gun 3D” made almost 2 Million dollars in only 300 movie theaters. Now if Forbes’ weekend estimation holds true for “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D”, T2 will make under 900 Thousand dollars and is playing in 163 MORE movie theaters than “Top Gun 3D”.
With “Terminator 2” widely considered a bigger, more popular movie than “Top Gun”, this news can certainly be perceived as a disappointment for T2 in 3D.
We did not enjoy writing this article but it’s important we keep fans informed.
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