Terminator: Dark Fate Launches With A Lacklustre $27 Million Opening
According to a report from Variety.com, Paramount's new movie, Terminator: Dark Fate , didn't do as well as studios had hoped, with a projected total opening of just $27 million at 4,086 North American theaters.
Even though it's the biggest movie at the box office right now, the earnings aren't quite what Paramount wanted, especially considering its $185 million budget. On its opening day, it earned just $10.6 million, including another $2.4 million from Halloween night during the preview screenings.
Previously, analysts predicted the movie would've made approximately $40 million in its first weekend. Moreover, the movie generated some interest online, considering it was the first Terminator movie with James Cameron, Linda Hamilton, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger on board for several years.
On the other side of the aisle, while the movie didn't perform quite up to expectations at the box office, it did earn a very respectable B+ performance on Cinemascore, as well as a 69% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
According to a report from Fortune, this wouldn't be the first time that the studios failed with a new version of Terminator. The outlet reported that movie-goers interested in seeing Terminator are few and far between, many of which who don't bother to see the movies of which they are purported fans.
Furthermore, the outlet pointed out the fact that Christian Bale as John Connor didn't do as well as initially expected either, despite the attempts to turn it into a "time-twisting retcon." Echoing the points made by other cultural commentators, just because people like a movie in the past, it doesn't mean they're ready to enjoy it in the present.
Fortune reported that Terminator: Dark Fate will likely earn $26.7 million in its opening weekend, and in China, it's projected to earn another $55 million after a meager $9 million-dollar Friday. As fans of the franchise know, the first Terminator came out in 1984, and it secured Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the biggest actions stars of the day.
In 1991, the sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day came out, as did Rise Of The Machines approximately 12 years later in 2003. While the aforementioned films were far from failures, they never lived up to the first two installments.