This weekend Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian are going to be battling it out at the box office, but who will bring in the most viewers and which one is actually worth seeing?

Terminator and Night at the Museum, both have their ups and downs. The big difference is that Terminator is a serious, end of the world film and Night at the Museum is about a fun romp through a museum.

So who will dominate the box office this weekend?

The first Night at the Museum film opened to $30,433,781 and went on to gross $574,480,841 worldwide, with the same Director Shawn Levy. Ben Stiller’s last film Tropic Thunder opened to $25,812,796 and grossed $188,072,649.

Terminator 3 opened to $44,041,440 and grossed $433,371,112 worldwide. McG’s last action packed movie Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle grossed $37,634,221 opening weekend and $259,175,788 worldwide.

So both have solid numbers to back a decent opening, but neither have ever reached the success that Star Trek and Wolverine have recently seen. Will they be able to do it?

Both films boost impressive casts. Night has Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams, Christopher Guest, Alain Chabat, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Bill Hader and Jon Bernthal. Terminator has Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Helenia Bonham Carter, and Common.

Although Terminator seems like an obvious pick, it is tricky because there is a lot of Sci-Fi competition for it to take on with films like Star Trek, Wolverine, and Angels and Demons all recently out in theaters.

I’m guessing that in the end, Terminator will probably win at the box office but not by much. Night at the Museum should come in a close second and Star Trek will hold a firm third position.

What do you think?

What film do you think should do better in theaters?

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