Arnold Schwarzenegger has terminated the American box office opposition again with an impressive $72.5 million (GBP45.3 million) opening.

T3: RISE OF THE MACHINES marks the action man's biggest opening ever - destroying the $42.8 million (GBP26.75 million) launch of Batman + ROBIN in 1997, in which he played villain MR FREEZE.

The third Terminator movie benefited from an early start - traditional for the Independence Day holiday weekend - earning almost $30 million (GBP18.75 million) on Wednesday and Thursday. It has made an estimated $44 million (GBP27.5 million) over the weekend (04-06JUL03).

T3 also smashed opening figures for its predecessor TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, which opened with $31.7 million (GBP19.8 million) in 1991.

Legally Blonde 2: RED WHITE + BLONDE, which was expected to be T3's main opposition debuted with $39.2 million (GBP24.5 million) for the five days.

Dreamworks' much-hyped cartoon adventure Sinbad: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, which features the voices of Brad Pitt, Michelle Pfeiffer and CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, flopped with just $10 million (GBP6.25 million) for the five days.

07/07/2003 02:34