Home Movies Strike Three for Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Sabotage” 3rd Bomb in a Row

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: Total was $5.3 million. Released by Open Road. They should have called it “Nut Job 2” after their big hit.

EARLIER: It’s strike three for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former governor of California used to be a movie star. But that was a long time ago. His latest, “Sabotage,” is his third bomb in a row after “The Last Stand” and “Escape Plan.” It’s hard to believe any studio would let him star in a movie at this point. Arnold has some involvement in the new “Terminator” but the real stars are Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke (not related to each other).

Arnold will be more like a seasoning from the past. But “Sabotage” opened last night to $1.8 million and will do around $5 million for the weekend. In the old days, Arnold would spend $5 million on partying over the weekend of a new release.

Of course there are many reasons for his decline, not the least of which is that women who’ve followed the story of his break up with Maria Shriver are not going to go see him. This leaves nostalgic 50 year olds and people who cut out of seeing other  movies playing in the same cineplex.

Next career move: run for mayor of Toronto.

By the way, it wasn’t like Arnold was such a big draw before he left showbiz for politics. “The 6th Day,” “End of Days,” and “Collateral Damage” weren’t hits either. And that dates back 15 years.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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