U.K. Box Office: 'Minions' Sees Off 'Terminator' Threat

Arnie's robotic return beat the dinos, but wasn't able to claim the number one spot.

Arnold Schwarzenegger did indeed make good on his repeated promises to come back, but his return wasn’t triumphant enough to wrestle the top spot of the U.K. box office from the yellow clutches of Universal’s pill-shaped oddities.

Terminator: Genisys scored an opening weekend bow of $5.9 million, well short of Minions’ $9.6 million, which pushed its U.K. two-week total to a powerful $32.4 million. The animation film will open in the U.S. this Friday.

Jurassic World slipped one spot to third in its fourth week, adding an extra $4 million to take its overall U.K. haul to $83 million. Magic Mike XXL missed the top three on its debut with $2.4 million.

As reported on Monday, Amy, Asif Kapadia’s film chronicling of the life and death of Amy Winehouse, scored just north of $800,000, making it the biggest opening for a British documentary and the second-biggest ever behind Fahrenheit 9/11. The film took the fifth spot.

The week’s only other new entrant in the top 10 was the event cinema live-streamed performance of Guillaume Tell, which took the eighth spot with $180,000. The Royal Opera House’s adaptation of Rossini’s William Tell had made headlines in the U.K. due to a controversial gang-rape scene that saw cinemas asked to increase the rating from 12A to 15.

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