‘Total Recall’ Totally Dominates Box Office : Movies: Film starring Schwarzenegger posts one of the top 10 biggest three-day openings ever.
“Total Recall,” the film that sends Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mars, sent the weekend box office out of this world with ticket sales of approximately $26.4 million for the year’s biggest three-day opening.
As one of the top 10 biggest three-day openings ever, Tri-Star Pictures’ “Total Recall” pummeled Universal Pictures’ “Back to the Future III,” which tumbled an estimated 55% from last week.
Diminutive Michael J. Fox, who stars as the latter’s time-traveling teen Marty McFly, was a 90-pound weakling opposite muscleman Schwarzenegger, as “Back to the Future III” continued in the tradition of “Future II” (which opened in November) by spiraling downward after a strong opening week.
The second-place “Future III” had ticket sales of about $10.4 million after its splashy Memorial Day holiday weekend debut, in which it earned $23.7 million over four days.
Third place went to “Bird on a Wire,” the Mel Gibson-Goldie Hawn action-comedy from Universal Pictures. With ticket sales of about $6.3 million, it has now flown off with more than $42 million.
Touchstone Pictures’ “Pretty Woman” was fourth, with ticket sales of about $4.7 million. In fifth, and sputtering, with ticket sales of approximately $2.7 million, was Orion Pictures’ Robin Williams comedy, “Cadillac Man.”
Touchstone’s “Fire Birds,” about Apache attack helicopters fighting the war on drugs, had second-week ticket sales of $2.5 million, for sixth place. It had opened to $6.3 million and fifth place.
It's a date
Get our L.A. Goes Out newsletter, with the week's best events, to help you explore and experience our city.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.