After being burned the last three times, it looks like the audience has learned its lesson even with critical reviews painting the new film in a decent light.
Paramount Pictures’ “Terminator: Dark Fate” is reportedly headed toward a U.S. opening weekend of $28 million – significantly below the $40 million range that was still in place even just two days ago.
The softer than expected opening for the $185 million-budgeted sixth entry in the franchise is better than the previous one, 2015’s far worse reviewed “Terminator Genisys,” which opened to a lower $27 million but over a five-day span (not three). The second through fourth films all opened to between $31-44 million over their three-day launches.
The Cynthia Erivo-led Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet,” Ed Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” and the animated tale “Arctic Dogs” are also opening this week with all initially expected to open around $10 million each.
Now that the numbers are in, “Harriet” is coming in just ahead of expectations and looks set to land between $10-11 million and in fourth place while ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Arctic’ are bombing with $2-3 million each.
The third weekend of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and the fifth weekend of “Joker” are battling for second place in the $11-12 million range. “The Addams Family” will come in fifth with around $8 million.