The Terminator made a crapton of money. It wasn't just in the box office gross, but the fact that the movie still plays rather often today on TV. That means royalties. They made video games, arcade games, comic books and toys from the 1st and 2nd movies, which also means a lot of residual income. May not be able to track it, but think about how often you see DVDs and such available. They're there because they still sell.
I'd imagine that T-1 has probably made around $500m or greater just in royalties, ect.
Ayn Rand seems like someone that you would write a post about so I will post this to you.
Sadly this movie seems to have stuggled. After the rights of the book were bought up the owner decided to do the movie himself for 20 million dollars.
It was just released on DVD and bluRay so maybe it will have a bigger following on the small screen.
If not then Part 2 may never see the light of day!
In fact here are some more problems for it now that it is on DVD, and it cost 10 million plus 10 million advertising.
Atlas Shrugged: Part I was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on November 8, 2011 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. More than 100,000 DVD inserts were recalled within days due to the jacket's philosophically incorrect description of "Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice