'Terminator: Dark Fate' Disappoints With $29 Million Box Office Opening

Box office: Terminator: Dark Fate can't change the past with disappointing $29 million debut

Things are not looking up for the newest installment in the Terminator franchise. Unless "Terminator: Dark Fate" sees an exceptionally strong hold in the coming weeks, sources at rival studios estimate the movie could lose $100 million theatrically.

Dark Fate is the first Terminator film since 1991 and stars original cast members Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It opened with 198 million yuan (around 28.1 million dollars) at the box office in Chinese mainland this weekend, according to Chinese film database Maoyan. After its initial grossing of $29 million in the United States, a successful reach overseas was the movie's last hope.

Terminator: Dark Fate shot past box- office competition but still fell short of expectations as the sci-fi sequel debuted to US$29 million (S$39 million) in North America.

However, pairing that fan and critic reaction to the largely panned previous films in the franchise, Terminator Salvation in 2009 and Terminator Genisys in 2015, things don't look great for the continuation of the franchise. But sadly, a meager debut in China has left the movie in box office shambles. Tim Miller ("Deadpool") directed the sequel from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray.

Another high-profile new release fared even worse, with Edward Norton's "Motherless Brooklyn" bringing in a mere $3.6 million at the domestic box office to land in ninth place.

Dark Fate faces losses of $120 million-plus for partners Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, which each put up 30 percent of the $185 budget (Disney now owns the Fox film studio will absorb the loss). It's global gross is now a strong $298.9 million for a $383.2 million worldwide total, which means it will probably turn a profit on its $185 million budget even after P&A. Directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo as American iconic abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the film tells the tale of Tubman who escaped slavery and devoted herself to the liberation of other enslaved people. It was well-received with an A+ CinemaScore and a 73% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Second place went to Joker, with 13.9 million dollars (£12 million), and third place to Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil which added 12.1 million dollars (£10.45 million). Right behind in 10th place was Arctic Dogs, the CGI-animated feature starring Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Heidi Klum, Omar Sy, John Cleese and Anjelica Huston, collecting $3.1 million. The film has grossed 299.61 million dollars in North America for a global cume of 934 million dollars through Sunday.

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