Monday Morning Box Office Report: Terminator: Dark Fate Melts Down But Still Comes Out on Top

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Despite decent reviews and predictions that it could open to over $40 million in North America, the latest Terminator film ultimately failed to rise to the occasion, ending up right where the last one left off. Terminator: Dark Fate opened to an estimated $29 million over the weekend, just $2 million more than Terminator: Genisys made back in 2015. Business was also slower than expected overseas where it made just $94 million; the movie is now projected to lose $100 million for Paramount, Skydance and Disney. Is the franchise actually dead for good this time? Something tells me the answer is no. In second place, Joker remained strong, passing $900 million worldwide and continuing to look more and more likely that it will hit $1 billion. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil fell to third while Harriet opened in fourth with a better than expected $12 million start. The Addams Family rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Ed Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn opened at #9 with a dismal $3.7 million, although to be fair, it was never going to be a big blockbuster and probably shouldn’t have had a wide release at all.

1. Terminator: Dark Fate — $29M
2. Joker — $13.9M
3. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — $12.2M
4. Harriet — $12M
5. The Addams Family — $8.5M
6. Zombieland: Double Tap — $7.4M
7. Countdown — $5.9M
8. Black and Blue — $4.1M
9. Motherless Brooklyn — $3.7M
10. Arctic Dogs — $3.1M



  • Jake

    The Paramount/Skydance offices must be pretty tense right now. They also had Gemini Man.

  • Glen

    Yes, the Terminator franchise is dead.

    This makes 3 straight Terminator movies that have bombed.

    The audiences have spoken. More superheroes less Linda Hamilton.

  • Lior

    Hopefully this is the final nail in the coffin of this franchise, which should’ve ended after T2.
    The problem with the Terminator franchise (which was never supposed to be a franchise) is this: the sequels work against the strong theme Cameron establishes by the end of T2, which is “there is no fate but what we make for ourselves”.
    Despite the carnage, T2 ends on an empowering, hopeful note, arguing that humans possess free will, and that by learning from their mistakes and adjusting course, they can avert disaster and ascend as a species. But the cynical sequels, even though some of them presented interesting ideas, keep saying the exact opposite.
    So if fate cannot be changed, as the sequels keep telling us again and again, why bother saving the world? This makes the sequels thematically bankrupt and the audience doesn’t buy it.
    Seems like even Cameron’s involvement couldn’t save this one, maybe because deep in his heart he knows that he already said all that he had to say.