How two novice producers came to own the Terminator movie franchise

Budget for “Terminator Salvation”: About $200 million, funded primarily with a $60 million advance from Warner Bros. for domestic distribution rights and $100 million from Sony Pictures for international

All it takes is money… lots of it!!

That’s a lot of tickets to sell to make back 200mill (not counting the lawsuit outcomes). On a related note, Night at the Museum II surpassed the latest Terminator at the box office this last weekend. Is that a reflection of this latest installment of the Terminator series’ quality (a friend recently gave it a C+ and described it as “one bullet followed by a bigger bullet, and that was followed by an even bigger bullet.”) or just that family movies have a bigger market?

A Summer of Sequels

Well, here we are again, in the summer of 2009, where Pixar has the lone wholly original film of the summer. Pete Docter’s “Up,” which opens May 29, and is a (gasp!) original screenplay, goes up against these summer films:

Fast and Furious (sequel)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (sequel)

Star Trek (reboot/sequel)

Angels and Demons (sequel/based on novel)

Land of the Lost (based on television show)

Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian (sequel)

Terminator: Salvation (sequel)

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (remake)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (sequel/based on toy)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (sequel)

Bruno (based on television character)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (sequel/based on novel)

Julie and Julia (based on article)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (based on television show)

The Final Destination (sequel)

H2 – Halloween 2 (sequel of a remake)