Terminator: Dark Fate’s Poor Box Office Takings Has Killed The Franchise

Terminator: Dark Fate really hasn’t lit up the box office this year, much the opposite.

Tim Miller’s film, which is the first Terminator film since T2 to be officially recognised by James Cameron as part of his Terminator franchise, has bombed at the box office.

It debuted in the US to an opening weekend box office of only $29 million, which is pretty poor for a tentpole film like this one was for Paramount Pictures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is looking to make a loss of $120 million-plus for partners Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

Each company put up to 30 per cent of the $185 million budget into the movie, and China’s Tencent has a 10 per cent stake in the movie.

Disney, who now owns Fox, will absorb the company’s loss, which isn’t going to be taken very kindly by the House of Mouse.

Terminator: Dark Fate is been a huge box office flop

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Dark Fate

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Dark Fate (Credit: Paramount Pictures)

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As of writing this article, Terminator: Dark Fate has made just over $199 million worldwide, which isn’t enough to break even since a film has to make at least twice its budget to make any sort of profit due to marketing costs.

Terminator: Dark Fate’s poor box office performance seems to be the nail in the coffin of the Terminator franchise since this was supposed to be Terminator’s big return to form after some very poor movies.

But it looks like this is more a case of too little too late for the Terminator franchise.

Plus, there’s the added issue of the film’s poor reviews. It didn’t do that well with the critics, and poor word of mouth also seems to be to blame for Terminator: Dark Fate’s box office issues.

They were hoping that the film might make up its losses in China, like Terminator: Genisys did, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen for Dark Fate, even though it’s a better movie than Genisys.

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