Box Office: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Debuts Weak at $29-M in North America

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The outlook is not promising overseas either, where it fell flat in China with $28-M, ‘Harriet‘ overperforms, and ‘Motherless Brooklyn‘ came DOA

Skydance, Paramount and Fox/Disney’s Terminator: Dark Fate reboot has bombed in its domestic box office debut with $29-M from 4,086 theaters, well behind expectations and even while placing #1 on the chart.

Terminator: Dark Fate puts the franchise back on ice, is almost certain to lose tens of millions for partners Skydance, Paramount and Disney/Fox, China’s Tencent has a smaller stake.

Dark Fate received mixed-to-OK reviews, it has a 69% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while earning a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.

Heading into the weekend, the 6th installment in the franchise was tracking to open in the high $30 to low 40-M range domestically.

The new nationwide indie release impressed; Focus Features’ Harriet, the story of the courageous Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Taubman who became a hero of the anti-slavery movement.

The bio-drama, which opened to a better-than-expected $12from 2,059 theaters. Harriet benefited from playing to an ethnically diverse audience, led by African Americans (49%) and followed by Caucasians (36%), Hispanics (8%) and Asian/Other (7%), according to PostTrak.

Focus and parent company Universal scored another Key victory over the weekend as Downton Abbey hit $178.6-M at the global box office to become one of the Top-grossing releases in the history of Focus. And Universal’s Yesterday, a smaller film, crossed $150-M worldwide.

Warner Bros.’ Motherless Brooklyn, directed by Edward Norton came DOA grossing $3.7-M from 1,332 theaters. Motherless Brooklyn is the latest miss for Warners in terms of more specialized fare.

The 4th new nationwide film, Arctic Dogs open to just $3.1-M from 2,844 locations. The movie is from Entertainment Studios.

Warners still had plenty to celebrate on Sunday as Joker crossing the $900-M mark at the global box office. The film, achieving the milestone on Saturday, finished the weekend with a worldwide tally of $934-M.

In North America, Joker placed 2nd all the way in its 5th weekend with $13.9-M for a domestic take of $299.6-M. Overseas, it has earned $634.4-M.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil came in 3rd domestically with $12.2-M for a North American total of $84.3-M. It continues to do bigger business overseas, where it earned $40.5-M for a foreign haul of $298.9-M and $383.2-M globally.

The Addams Family, from MGM/United Artists Releasing and Universal, rounded out the Top 5 with $8.5-M for a domestic take of $85.3-M and global take of $129.3-M.

At the awards box office

Netflix is not reporting grosses for Martin Scorsese’s high-profile Oscar hopeful The Irishman, which opened this weekend in 8 theaters in New York and Los Angeles. It will continue to expand into additional markets before premiering on the streamer on 27 November.

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