Box Office: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Stalling in U.S. Debut After $10.6M Friday
James Cameron produced the November tentpole, which is a direct sequel to the filmmaker’s first two ‘Terminator’ films.
Paramount and Skydance’s Terminator: Dark Fate is stalling in its U.S. debut, grossing a disheartening $10.6 million on Friday for a projected $27 million dollar weekend.
Friday’s gross inludes $2.35 million in Thursday previews.
The direct sequel to Terminator: Judgment Day (1991) is directed by Deadpool helmer Tim Miller and produced by James Cameron, creator of the the original Terminator franchise. The movie, playing in 4,086 theaters, seems to be infected with a case of sequelitis despite earning generally positive reviews and a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
The R-rated movie reunites Cameron with original stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who join new franchise actors Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta.
Heading into the weekend, Dark Fate was tracking to open in the high $30 million to low $40 million range domestically. Overseas, where Disney is releasing the November tentpole, it opens in a raft of major markets, including China. In North America, it rolls out in more than 4,000 theaters, including Imax locales.
Elsewhere, Harriet and Motherless Brooklyn also open nationwide after making the rounds at the fall film festivals.
From Focus Features, Harriet stars Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, the courageous Underground Railroad conductor who became a hero of the anti-slavery movement. Kasi Lemmons directs the bio-drama.
Harriet, playing in 2,059 theaters, grossed an estimated $3.9 million on Friday for a pleasing debut of $10.9 million.
Warner Bros.’ Motherless Brooklyn, directed by Edward Norton, isn’t so lucky. The film, opting for a more modest footprint, or 1,332 theaters, opened to $1 million on Friday for a domestic debut of $3.2 million, behind expectations.