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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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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. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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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
Thanksgiving (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 202 $10,502,714 Nov 23, 1984 31
Thanksgiving (All Movies, 5-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 245 $10,502,714 Nov 23, 1984 31
Veterans Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 142 $8,520,507 Nov 9, 1984 17

Leading Cast

   The Terminator

Supporting Cast

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 W. Richmond*    Bartender
Chino "Fats" Williams*    Truck Driver
Gregory Robbins    Motel Customer
Marianne Muellerleile    Wrong Sarah
John Durbin    Sentry

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

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

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 5th, 2015

May 6th, 2015


While summer is the worst time of year for the home market, there are actually two big first-run releases coming out this week, plus a handful of TV on DVD releases that are worth checking out. The biggest release is 50 Shades of Grey, but while it made more than $500 million worldwide, its reviews are just bad. On the other hand, Selma, the second biggest new release of the week, is clearly the best new release of the week and the DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. More...

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...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1984/10/26 1 $4,020,663   1,005 $4,001   $4,020,663 1
1984/11/02 1 $4,219,463 +5% 1,112 $3,794   $9,780,393 2
1984/11/09 2 $3,191,628 -24% 960 $3,325   $14,504,506 3
1984/11/16 4 $2,848,258 -11% 1,016 $2,803   $18,925,483 4
1984/11/23 3 $3,934,127 +38% 1,017 $3,868   $25,220,233 5
1984/11/30 2 $2,975,716 -24% 1,032 $2,883   $29,113,509 6
1984/12/07 4 $1,439,000 -52% 1,023 $1,407   $31,318,775 7
1984/12/14 8 $955,973 -34% 938 $1,019   $32,838,673 8
1984/12/21 14 $722,260 -24% 551 $1,311   $34,004,606 9
1985/01/04 14 $702,042   643 $1,092   $35,016,188 11
1985/01/11 18 $521,060 -26% 595 $876   $35,838,123 12
1985/01/18 20 $377,785 -27% 533 $709   $36,439,219 13
1985/01/25 20 $352,169 -7% 408 $863   $36,953,296 14

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1984/10/26 1 $5,560,930   1,005 $5,533   $5,560,930 1
1984/11/02 1 $5,751,948 +3% 1,112 $5,173   $11,312,878 2
1984/11/09 2 $4,764,347 -17% 960 $4,963   $16,077,225 3
1984/11/16 4 $5,208,881 +9% 1,016 $5,127   $21,286,106 4
1984/11/23 3 $4,851,687 -7% 1,017 $4,771   $26,137,793 5
1984/11/30 1 $3,741,982 -23% 1,032 $3,626   $29,879,775 6
1984/12/07 4 $2,002,925 -46% 1,023 $1,958   $31,882,700 7
1984/12/14 8 $1,399,646 -30% 938 $1,492   $33,282,346 8
1985/01/04 14 $1,002,917   643 $1,560   $35,317,063 11
1985/01/11 18 $744,371 -26% 595 $1,251   $36,061,434 12
1985/01/18 19 $539,693 -27% 533 $1,013   $36,601,127 13

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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

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