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Trailer: Sabotage

Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

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Has the Terminator's comeback been terminated? Not quite, perhaps, but it has been dealt a serious body blow with news that Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest movie is going straight to DVD in Australia.

Local distributor StudioCanal quietly shelved the film on the weekend, dropping it from a planned May 1 cinema release after a dismal showing at the US box office.

Straight to DVD ... Arnold Schwarzenegger in box-office flop <i>Sabotage</i>.

Straight to DVD ... Arnold Schwarzenegger in box-office flop Sabotage.

Since opening in the US on March 28, Sabotage has taken just over $10 million. Its second-week box office recorded a decline of just under 60 per cent.

The action drama stars Schwarzenegger as the chief of a Drug Enforcement Agency team that becomes embroiled in corruption, murder and a web of suspicion and lies.

The film, which has received mixed but far from overwhelmingly negative reviews, also stars Australian actor Sam Worthington and respected English actress Olivia Williams. Its director and co-writer David Ayer is on board to helm Brad Pitt's forthcoming WW2 film Fury.

It seems the prospect of Arnie uttering such classic lines as "here we go", "go go go" and "they're watching us" is not the guaranteed draw it once was. And while one poor result does not derail a career, questions must surely be asked about the viability of Arnold Schwarzenegger Mk 2.

Since his second term as Governor of California ended in January 2011, Schwarzenegger has been lining up film projects at a rate of knots (when not embroiled in the fallout from his sexual indiscretions, that is). A revived Terminator franchise, in which he will have a role of as-yet-undisclosed prominence, figures prominently. Also mooted are revivals of Conan and a belated sequel to the 1988 comedy hit Twins, imaginatively titled Triplets.

But of the films actually released since his return to the big screen, there has been only one bona-fide success, The Expendables 2 – and that film belonged much more to Sylvester Stallone than to Arnie.

Escape Plan, made for an estimated $50 million (according to imdb.com), did a respectable $137 million worldwide (according to boxofficemojo.com). But The Last Stand took just $48 million on a reported budget of $45 million. Sabotage's $10 million haul comes from an estimated $35 million budget.

None of which quite spells the end for Arnold Schwarzenegger. But unless he scores a big hit soon, the Terminator's second act might prove to be a lot shorter than the first.