With James Cameron returning to the franchise, Terminator: Dark Fate should’ve been a hit.
But the sixth movie in the franchise only amounted to $ 29 million at the box office during the weekend in the US box office. The numbers are less than what was expected by the industry. They’d hoped that it would at least come up to $ 30 million or $ 40 million.
Terminator: Dark Fate is on par with the last movie in the franchise, Terminator: Genisys. The 2015 film made $ 27 million over the 4th of July opening and $ 440 million worldwide.
Terminator: Dark Fate at least lives up to its name in the box office, at least. It is currently standing at $ 199.2 million worldwide after being released everywhere. The movie made $ 300 million worldwide after all the releases in the end.
Why was the movie a bust?
There could be a plethora of reasons for a movie to flop. The biggest one of them could be the franchise itself.
The fans of the series themselves have been disappointed too many times by the franchise. The third movie in the franchise, Rise of the Machines had mixed responses from the fans as well as the critics. Although those reviews were comparatively better than Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys. The latter was supposed to be a revamping of the franchise, but it didn’t live up to the hype and was more of a mess.
Dark Fate’s plot ignored all the previous plotlines and stories, but the fans weren’t exactly excited about yet another reboot. Partly because the previous one was a disappointment, and so were the other last three times.
Another reason for the flop is the lack of reviews. In the UK, the reviews weren’t put out till the opening day of the movie. And nowadays, the audience looks forward to the reviews to see if the video is worth watching or not.
Still, there is hope for Terminator: Dark Fate. Many movies do better when they are out on home entertainment format. Thus the franchise can even live; after all, they have promised the fans a better sequel.