MANILA—In the war of man vs. machines, the obvious winner is the Philippine box-office. Columbia Pictures' Terminator Salvation opened at No. 1 in 172 screens nationwide, delivering a five-day opening weekend gross of P41.67 million for the period of May 27-31, 2009. This was announced today by Victor Cabrera, managing director of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., the film's local distributor.
It was a double victory for Columbia Pictures whose other May blockbuster Angels & Demons reached the P100-million milestone last weekend with a P105.28-million gross. The Tom Hanks starrer is now the biggest-grossing Hollywood film, and the only foreign title to cross the century mark, in 2009.
"We're ecstatic with the back-to-back successes of Angels & Demons and Terminator Salvation," said Cabrera. "We'd like to thank the Filipino audiences for continuously going to the cinemas and supporting the film industry as a whole."
The Top 20 cinemas that posted the highest receipts for Terminator Salvation are Trinoma (P2.4 million), SM Mall of Asia (P1.98 million), SM Megamall (P1.75 million), SM North EDSA (P1.63 million), Greenbelt 3 (P1.51 million), Glorietta 4 (P1.44 million), Power Plant (P1.37 million), Eastwood (P1.23 million), Alabang Town Center (P1.21 million) and SM Cebu (P1.16 million).
They're followed by Gateway (P1.11 million), Ayala Cebu (P1.10 million), Robinson's Ermita (P1.07 million), Greenhills (P956,412), Shangri-la (P840,912), Festival Mall (P779,370), Robinsons Galleria (P705,652), Gaisano Davao (P678,350, SM Clark (P642,957) and Sta. Lucia East (P620,546).
Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Terminator Salvation tells the story of John Connor (Christian Bale), the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Still playing across the Philippines, Terminator Salvation and Angels & Demons are distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Terminator Salvation grosses P41.67M in five days
by posted on June 1, 2009