The sixth Terminator film (third chronologically) bombed at the box office on its opening weekend, taking the No. 1 spot on the charts but raking in a measly $29 million in North America and $102 million overseas - not almost enough to make back its $185 million budget.
The movie's below expectations performance comes despite generally favourable reviews and the return of Terminator 2: Judgment Day stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger and producer James Cameron.
"Terminator: Dark Fate" experienced the strongest get started in China with a tepid $28 million, followed by Korea with $nine.eight million and the United Kingdom with $6.nine million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production partners Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox (Disney) (who each put up 30% of the budget) and China's Tencent (a 10% stake) stand to collectively lose between $110 and $130 million depending on how the film performs overseas. Dark Fate was going to reset the timeline in a similar fashion to the Halloween franchise, ignoring every other Terminator movie but Terminator and T2. After its initial grossing of $29 million in the USA, a successful reach overseas was the movie's last hope.
While Paramount's "Terminator: Dark Fate" won the box office, opening in first place with $29 million, the result is well below analyst projections of $35 million to $40 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. For comparison, 2015's Terminator: Genisys ended its run with $440 million worldwide.
It's probably fair to say that we shouldn't hold our breath on that becoming a reality anytime soon, though. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprised their iconic roles in the film as "The Terminator" and "Sarah Connor" from the first two installments directed by Cameron. Critically, it's been receiving fairly positive reviews, now holding a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.6 on IMDb. Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn barely cracked the top 10, generating a paltry US$3.6 million when it bowed in 2,720 North American theatres. The cast also includes Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale and Alec Baldwin. In order for Dark Fate to make a profit, it would have to gross at least $450 million worldwide.
At #3 is Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil with $12.1 million for an $84.3 million domestic tally.
"Audiences have been unanimous for their love of this film, which is clear from its A+ CinemaScore and 98 per cent Audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes", said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features' president of distribution.