"Dark Fate" earned mixed reviews with a B-plus CinemaScore and a 69% "fresh" score on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, proving that the general audience is just exhausted of "Terminator" movies and does not care about them much anymore. That's a disappointing effect thinking about the motion picture cost $185 million before thinking of global marketing and advertising and distribution expenses. Expectations for the film sat around $40 million for opening weekend. It's also in spite of improved reception for "Dark Fate" with a 85% audience score and a 69% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Paramount, Skydance and Disney's "Terminator: Dark Fate" failed to ignite much traction overseas, launching with a soft $72.9 million from 48 worldwide territories.
After all, the sixth and latest installment in the franchise - reuniting stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton with series creator James Cameron - cost $185 million to make. Tim Miller (Deadpool) directed from a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade), Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray. Norton directed, produced and stars in the film which follows a private detective with Tourette's syndrome attempting to solve a murder mystery. Globally, the film stands at an impressive $934 million. The cast also includes Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale and Alec Baldwin.
Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil starring Angelina Jolie came in third with $12.2 million. Opening much further down the charts are Warner Bros.' "Motherless Brooklyn" and Entertainment Studios' "Arctic Dogs".
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.
Limited releases continued to do well, including Neon's "Parasite", which added $2.6 million in its fifth weekend for a per-screen average of $5,705 and a cumulative $7.5 million.
Fox Searchlight's "Jojo Rabbit" added $2.4 million across 256 locations (up from 55) in its third weekend for a cumulative $4.3 million.
This week, Warner Bros. opens the Stephen King adaptation "Doctor Sleep", Universal releases the romantic comedy "Last Christmas", Lionsgate reveals the action drama "Midway" and Paramount debuts the family comedy "Playing With Fire".