‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is No. 1, but still spells judgment day for franchise

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is No. 1, but still spells judgment day for franchise

(*)(**)It might be judgment day for the “(***)Terminator(****)” franchise.(*****)(**)Despite generally favorable reviews and the return of star Linda Hamilton and producer James Cameron, “(******)Terminator: Dark Fate(****)” has opened well below expectations at the (*******)box office(****). Studios on Sunday estimate that “Dark Fate” earned only $(*************************************************) million from over 4,(********************************************************) North American locations. The film from Paramount Pictures cost a reported $(***************************************) million to produce.(*****)(**)It was enough to win the top spot at the box office, but it’s a weak victory for the franchise. Although “Dark Fate,” which was directed by “Deadpool’s” Tim Miller, received much better reviews (currently at (******************************************) percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and was praised for being a return to form to Cameron’s original films, it opened just slightly ahead of (********************************)’s roundly derided “Terminator: Genisys.”(*****)(**)(********)(*********)’TERMINATOR’ THROWBACK: KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER SHARES OLDER PHOTOS OF DAD ARNOLD TO CELEBRATE NEW FLICK(**********)(****)(*****)(***********)(*)(************)(*************)(**************)(***************)(****************)(*****************)(*****************)(******************)(*******************)(**)
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator: Dark Fate.” (Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures via AP)
(********************)(AP)(*********************)(*****)(*******************)(**)(**********************)(*********)CHRIS PRATT, KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WITH ‘TERMINATOR’ DATE NIGHT(**********)(****)(*****)(**)”These big brands carry with them huge expectations, often unrealistic expectations,” said Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “It wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm for the stars and filmmakers.”(*****)(**)Internationally, “Dark Fate” did much better, earning $(*****************************************).9 million from (***********************************************) markets. Fox International, not Paramount, is handling international distribution, excluding China.(*****)(**)Second place went to “Joker,” which added $(****************************************************).9 million, bringing its global earnings to $(**********************************) million in just five weeks in theaters. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” landed in third place in its third weekend with an additional $(*****************************************************).2 million. The Angelina Jolie-led sequel has grossed $(****************************************).3 million in North America.(*****)(**)(***********************)(*********)’TERMINATOR: DARK FATE’ LOS ANGELES PREMIERE CANCELED DUE TO CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES(**********)(****)(*****)(**)One bright spot of the weekend, which is down nearly (***************************************************) percent from last year when “Bohemian Rhapsody” opened, is Focus Features’ “Harriet,” which is the first film ever made about Harriet Tubman. Starring Cynthia Erivo in the title role, “Harriet” performed better than expected, earning $(*****************************************************) million from just over 2,(********************************************************) theaters to take fourth place. The film scored a coveted A+ CinemaScore from audiences, who were primarily female ((*******************************************) and over the age of (************************************************) ((********************************************) percent). African Americans also made up a significant portion of the audience ((**********************************************) percent) according to exit polls.(*****)(**)”It’s really heartwarming and gives you a lot of faith that there are still a lot of people who want to see stories about real life superheroes,” said Focus Features distribution president Lisa Bunnell. “There’s a real feeling of love for this movie. I think it’s inspirational for people to see.”(*****)(**)Focus did outreach to faith-based groups and educators and has seen enormous success with group sales as a result.(*****)(**)(************************)(*********)’TERMINATOR: DARK FATE’ STAR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER ADMITS HE WAS SCARED DURING HEART SURGERY(**********)(****)(*****)(***********)(*)(************)(*************)(**************)(*************************)(****************)(*****************)(*****************)(******************)(*******************)(**)
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Mackenzie Davis, left, and Linda Hamilton in “Terminator: Dark Fate.”
(********************)(AP)(*********************)(*****)(*******************)(**)(**************************)(*********)’TERMINATOR: DARK FATE’ STARS LINDA HAMILTON, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER BOND(**********)(****)(*****)(**)Other newcomers struggled to find that kind of enthusiasm this weekend. Edward Norton’s adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s “Motherless Brooklyn” opened in ninth place to $3.7 million, while the animated “Arctic Dogs” took (*******************************************************)th with $3.1 million.(*****)(**)One of the highest-profile new films of the weekend, Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” does not have any box office numbers to report, however, because Netflix declines to provide numbers for its theatrical releases. Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, the film, which opened in limited release before hitting Netflix on Nov. (**************************************************), is expected to be a major Oscars contender.(*****)(**)(*********)(***************************)'(****)(**********)(***************************)(*********)TERMINATOR: DARK FATE’ STAR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER ON SON-IN-LAW CHRIS PRATT: ‘HE’S GREAT WITH MY DAUGHTER'(**********)(****)(*****)(**)”With all eyes on ‘The Irishman,’ it’s unfortunate that we don’t have numbers on it,” Dergarabedian said.(*****)(**)It’s especially true considering that other smaller release films with awards buzz continue to perform well. “Parasite” took in 2.6 million in its fifth weekend “Jojo Rabbit,” in its third weekend, added $2.4 million from (**************************************) screens and “The Lighthouse,” also in weekend three, grossed $2 million from (*********************************) locations.(*****)(**)Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.(*****)(**)(****************************)(*********)ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER AVOIDED CERTAIN ROLES EARLY IN HIS CAREER(**********)(****)(*****)(**)1.”Terminator: Dark Fate,” $(*************************************************) million.(*****)(**)2.”Joker,” $(****************************************************).9 million.(*****)(**)3.”Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” $(*****************************************************).2 million(*****)(**)4.”Harriet,” $(*****************************************************) million.(*****)(**)5.”The Addams Family,” $8.5 million.(*****)(**)6.”Zombieland: Double Tap,” $7.4 million.(*****)(**)7.”Countdown,” $5.9 million.(*****)(**)8.”Black and Blue,” $4.1 million.(*****)(**)9.”Motherless Brooklyn,” $3.7 million.(*****)(**)(*******************************************************).”Arctic Dogs,” $3.1 million.(*****)(*******************)(*****************************)(******************************)Read More(****)

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