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The Terminator (1984)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $38,019,031Details
International Box Office $40,000,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $78,019,031
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Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
100% - Certified Fresh
89% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 2,054 $38,019,031
All Time International Box Office 1,698 $40,000,000
All Time Worldwide Box Office 1,738 $78,019,031
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies 617 $38,019,031
All Time International Box Office for R Movies 480 $40,000,000
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies 526 $78,019,031

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

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
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes
Franchise: Terminator
Comparisons: vs. Ex Machina
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Keywords: End of the World, Time Travel, Visual Effects, Film Noir, Prologue, Intertitle, Robot
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Hemdale, Pacific Western
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 14th Weekend 429 $352,169 Jan 25, 1985 94
Biggest Domestic 13th Weekend 473 $377,785 Jan 18, 1985 87
Biggest Domestic 12th Weekend 402 $521,060 Jan 11, 1985 80
Biggest Domestic 11th Weekend 403 $702,042 Jan 4, 1985 73
Biggest Domestic 9th Weekend 722 $722,260 Dec 21, 1984 59
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 854 $955,973 Dec 14, 1984 52
Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend 888 $1,439,000 Dec 7, 1984 45
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 655 $2,975,716 Nov 30, 1984 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 774 $3,934,127 Nov 23, 1984 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 1,634 $2,848,258 Nov 16, 1984 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 2,190 $3,191,628 Nov 9, 1984 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 2,469 $4,219,463 Nov 2, 1984 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 3,293 $4,020,663 Oct 26, 1984 3
Widest Opening Weekend 3,775 1,005 Oct 26, 1984 3


   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
William Wisher, Jr.    Policeman
Ken Fritz    Policeman
Tom Oberhaus    Policeman
Ed Dogans    Cop in Alley
Joe Farago    TV Anchorman
Hettie Lynne Hurtes    TV Anchorwoman
Tony Mirelez    Station Attendant
Philip Gordon    Mexican Boy
Anthony J. Trujillo    Mexican Boy
Stan Yale    Derelict
Al Kahn    Customer
Leslie Morris    Customer
Hugh Farrington    Customer
Harriet Medin    Customer
Loree Frazier    Customer
James Ralston    Customer
Norman Friedman    Cleaning Man
Barbara Powers    Ticket Taker
Wayne Stone    Tanker Driver
David Pierce    Tanker Partner
John E. Bristol    Phone Booth Man
Webster Williams    Reporter
Patrick Pinney    Bar Customer
Bill Richmond    Bartender
Chino Williams    Truck Driver
Gregory Robbins    Motel Customer
Marianne Muellerleile    Wrong Sarah
John Durbin    Sentry

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Gale Anne Hurd
Screenwriter    James Cameron
Screenwriter    Gale Anne Hurd
Executive Producer    John Daly
Executive Producer    Derek Gibson
Special Make-up Effects    Stan Winston
Assistant Director    Betsy Magruder
Second Unit Director-Special Effects    Stan Winston
Second Unit Director    Jean-Paul Ouellette
Production Manager    Donna Smith
Art Director    George Costello
Set Decorator    Maria Caso
Director of Photography    Adam Greenberg
Second Unit Camera    Chuck Colwell
Costume Designer    Hilary Wright
Costume Supervisor    Deborah Everton
Editor    Mark Goldblatt
Associate Editor    Michael Bloecher
Sound Mixer    Richard Lightstone
Re-recording Mixer    Terry Porter
Re-recording Mixer    David J. Hudson
Re-recording Mixer    Mel Metcalfe
Supervising Sound Editor    David Campling
Sound Effects Editor    Gil Marchant
Sound Effects Editor    James Klinger
Sound Effects Editor    James Fritch
Sound Effects Editor    Greg Dillon
Sound Effects Editor    Horace Manzanares
Sound Effects Editor    Gary Shepherd
Sound Effects Editor    Mike Le-Mare
Sound Effects Editor    Karola Storr
Sound Effects Editor    Rob Miller
Music Editor    Emilie Robertson
Composer    Brad Fiedel
Stunt Coordinator    Ken Fritz

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Featured Blu-ray Review: The Terminator

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The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

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

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1984/10/26 1 $5,560,930   1,005 $5,533   $5,560,930 7
1984/11/02 1 $5,751,948 +3% 1,112 $5,173   $11,312,878 14
1984/11/09 2 $4,764,347 -17% 960 $4,963   $16,077,225 21
1984/11/16 4 $5,208,881 +9% 1,016 $5,127   $21,286,106 28
1984/11/23 3 $4,851,687 -7% 1,017 $4,771   $26,137,793 35
1984/11/30 1 $3,741,982 -23% 1,032 $3,626   $29,879,775 42
1984/12/07 4 $2,002,925 -46% 1,023 $1,958   $31,882,700 49
1984/12/14 8 $1,399,646 -30% 938 $1,492   $33,282,346 56
1985/01/04 14 $1,002,917   643 $1,560   $35,317,063 77
1985/01/11 18 $744,371 -26% 595 $1,251   $36,061,434 84
1985/01/18 19 $539,693 -27% 533 $1,013   $36,601,127 91

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
10/25/2009137,929 7,929$129,873$129,873634
11/1/2009196,582-17% 14,511$108,273$238,146635
11/8/20091117,064+159% 31,575$282,758$520,904636
11/15/20091413,761-19% 45,336$230,215$751,119637