The Terminator

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $38,019,031Details
International Box Office $40,000,000
Worldwide Box Office $78,019,031
Further financial details...

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  7. Trailer


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
100% - Certified Fresh
88% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,400,000
Domestic Releases: October 26th, 1984 (Wide) by Orion Pictures
Video Release: September 3rd, 1997 by Image Entertainment/ThinkFilm
Franchise: Terminator
Keywords: Film Noir, Visual Effects, Time Travel, End of the World, Prologue, Intertitle, Robot
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction


   The Terminator
Michael Biehn    Kyle Reese
Linda Hamilton    Sarah Conner
Paul Winfield    Lt. Traxler
Lance Henriksen    Detective Vukovich
Rick Rossovich    Matt
Bess Motta    Ginger
Earl Boen    Dr. Silberman
Dick Miller    Alamo Guns Clerk
Shawn Schepps    Nancy
Bruce M. Kerner    Desk Sergeant
Franco Columbu    Future Terminator
Bill Paxton    Punk Leader
Brad Rearden    Punk
Brian Thompson    Punk
Patrick Pinney    Bar Customer

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    James Cameron

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 19th, 2013 - Abridged Edition

February 20th, 2013

This week's list is a little shorter than usual, because of technical difficulties. I've been getting an average of one Blue Screen of Death per day for just over a week. It seems to happen most often when I open too many tabs in Firefox. Worse still, two of the sites that seem to set off the BSOD are YouTube and Rotten Tomatoes. Fortunately I've narrowed the problem down to a driver conflict for either my video or perhaps a Windows system driver. Or it could be bad RAM. Or it could be a bad power supply. Or perhaps a virus or other malware. So when I said I had it narrowed down the problem, I was lying. I don't have time to take the computer to get it fixed, not until the Oscars are over, but I promise to get caught up by the weekend. It is quite a good week for new releases with a number of contenders for Pick of the Week. The two main contender are Argo on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Game of Thrones: Season Two on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. While Argo is cleaning up during Awards Season, I've given Game of Thrones the edge here. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: The Terminator

February 17th, 2013

This is not the first time I've reviewed The Terminator. It's not even the first time I've reviewed the Blu-ray. This is in fact the third time time the film has been released on Blu-ray, but the other two were greeted with mixed reviews. The movie still lives up to its reputation, but the picture quality was weak for high definition. This Blu-ray is being labeled Remastered, but is it worth the triple-dip? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 24th, 2011

May 24th, 2011

While we have two first run releases coming out this week, the number one seller according to is a specialty release, and the bulk of the interesting titles are Blu-ray catalog releases. Granted, one of the first run releases nearly hit $100 million at the box office, but this is still a really bad sign in terms of overall sales. As far as the best of the best, that's a race between The Kids in the Hall: Complete Series Megaset and Platoon on Blu-ray. I'm going with the former for Pick of the Week, but make sure to check the price, as buying Death Comes to Town and the old Megaset might be cheaper. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Digibook Double-Shot: The Terminator and The Usual Suspects

May 17th, 2011

This past couple weeks, several Fox films have been released on Blu-ray Digibooks, some of these were making their high definition debut, like The Hustler. Others are double-dips, like The Terminator and The Usual Suspects. So are these latter two worth owning on High Definition? If so, are these latest versions the better deal? More...

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1984/10/26 1 $4,020,663   1,005 $4,001   $4,020,663 3
1984/11/02 1 $4,219,463 +5% 1,112 $3,794   $9,780,393 10
1984/11/09 2 $3,191,628 -24% 960 $3,325   $14,504,506 17
1984/11/16 4 $2,848,258 -11% 1,016 $2,803   $18,925,483 24
1984/11/23 3 $3,934,127 +38% 1,017 $3,868   $25,220,233 31
1984/11/30 2 $2,975,716 -24% 1,032 $2,883   $29,113,509 38
1984/12/07 4 $1,439,000 -52% 1,023 $1,407   $31,318,775 45
1984/12/14 8 $955,973 -34% 938 $1,019   $32,838,673 52
1984/12/21 14 $722,260 -24% 551 $1,311   $34,004,606 59
1985/01/04 14 $702,042   643 $1,092   $35,016,188 73
1985/01/11 18 $521,060 -26% 595 $876   $35,838,123 80
1985/01/18 20 $377,785 -27% 533 $709   $36,439,219 87
1985/01/25 20 $352,169 -7% 408 $863   $36,953,296 94

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
10/25/2009137,922 7,922$129,762$129,762634
11/1/2009196,593-17% 14,515$108,462$238,224635
11/8/20091116,531+151% 31,046$273,911$512,135636
11/15/20091413,187-20% 44,233$220,626$732,761637

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