“Terminator” Targets Underwhelming Opening

Terminator Targets Underwhelming Opening

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.

Source: Variety