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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ tanks at box office, $120M+ profit loss

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Talk about complete concept rejection.

Skydance, Paramount and Fox/Disney's Terminator: Dark Fate reboot — which hoped to revive the franchise after three failed attempts —  bombed in its domestic box office debut over the weekend with $29 million from 4,086 theaters, well behind expectations though still bowing at No. 1.

Not even the return of James Cameron in the producer's chair and original series stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger could spark interest among many fans and the general moviegoing public.

Nor is the movie likely to be rescued by the foreign box office, where it finished Sunday with a offshore tally of $94.6 million (including a lackluster China launch of $28 million) for a global total of $123.6 million (it first began rolling out overseas last weekend).

A direct sequel to Cameron's Terminator: Judgment Day (1991), the R-rated Dark Fate was directed by Deadpool helmer Tim Miller and cost a hefty $185 million to produce before marketing. Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta also star.

Dark Fate, in addition to putting the Terminator franchise back on ice, faces losses of $120 million-plus for partners Skydance, Paramount and Disney/Fox (Disney inherited the movie and is handling its release abroad). China's Tencent has a smaller stake.

"It is time to let this franchise finally go to the great beyond," says Wall Street analyst Eric Handler of MKM Partners.

The movie's dismal opening is the second pricey miss in a row for David Ellison's Skydance and Paramount following Ang Lee's big-budget Gemini Man.

Dark Fate received mixed-to-OK reviews (it has a 69 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), while earning a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. The film skewed male (56 percent), while 78 percent of the audience was between the ages of 18-44, including 33 percent between ages 24-34

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-terminator-dark-fate-bombs-29m-us-debut-1251886 

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Certain franchises and IP's need to be left to rest. :rot:

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43 minutes ago, Cooksie said:

Certain franchises and IP's need to be left to rest. :rot:

! Hopefully Fast & Furious 1000 suffers the same fate so they get the hint. 

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The ship for the Terminator franchise sailed a long time ago tbh. The only people I've ever met who raved about them or even saw them were much older and pretty mentally unwell, so that's just my opinion of them and I have no reason to see new ones especially.

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TBH I was intrigued by the trailers, but not enough to get me in the theater, lol womp womp

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the movie is too much masculine energy for my sissy ass to care

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They should've stopped after the previous reboots, especially when they turned John Connor into a villain.

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Maybe had they casted ICON in the third film like Arnold wanted, the series would’ve had staying power. Their loss!

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I quite liked it tbh. Ngl my expectations were lower after seeing the mixed reception but I thought it was good. Definitely get the derivative argument, the first like 30 min kinda just felt like I was watching the same thing again but after that, I think it took enjoyable turns. There were some pretty progressive themes and messages (more than just the fact it's three female leads) which I really liked. 

Kinda annoyed bc it would've benefited SOOOOO much if they just left the franchise alone between T2 and now :rot: It was by no means great but it deserves better!

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