The numbers are in and it looks like overseas won’t save the franchise this time. Paramount, Skydance and Disney’s “Terminator: Dark Fate” launched to a soft $72.9 million opening weekend from 48 international territories, coming on top of a rather dismal $29 million in North America.
Combined with first week grosses from where it opened early last week in some territories, the film’s worldwide haul now stands at $123 million, not good for a film that cost $185 million before global marketing and distribution fees. Even China, which has saved sci-fi blockbusters before, wasn’t much interested with a tepid $28 million start.
“Joker” meanwhile continues to be a major force overseas and currently sits at $934 million with the potential of it crossing the $1 billion marker likely. “Doctor Sleep” opened in some territories to solid numbers, while international is helping Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” which currently has amassed $383.2 million worldwide – around 75% of it from overseas.
Domestically “Harriet” had robust legs with a fourth-place debut with $12 million along with a rare A+ Cinemascore from audiences. Ed Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” fizzled with just $3.6 million and just barely cracking the top ten.