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Highest chart position: 1
Weeks on box office: 16
The original Terminator film came out of no-where, it was the second film by the young fledgeling director James Cameron and it was fresh and exciting and had a story that was clever and captivated audiences.
The follow up came 6 years later and with the hype and incredible (for the time) special effects the film was going to be a hit, Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the height of his fame.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a massive box office hit, which had a good story, despite some plot holes, with over the top exciting action and it went on to gross over $500 Million globally which adjusted for inflation would be about $1.2 Billion today.
After that the rights to the franchise moved all over the place, then in 2003 we suddenly got Terminator 3: Rise Of THe Machine, and despite the film having fairly good reviews, starring Schwarzenegger and grossing over $400 Million globally it felt more like a stand alone movie than part of the series.
Then the big trouble started and we got Terminator Salvation in 2009, directed by McG and starring Christian Bale the film reportedly had a very troubled shoot and with Schwarzenegger on California Governor duties he didn't star just appearing as a computer generated Terminator towards the end for a brief second or 2.
Despite this negativity of both the film and the plot it still grossed nearly $400 Million, but the series was stagnating and each film was grossing less and less as each film went on.
The series needed a reboot and in 2015 Schwarzenegger came back and director Alan Taylor tried to get a feeling of the origin film in a reboot that mixed the story from The Terminator changing the time line and creating a new path for the series, but things were too confusing and the film flopped and talk of a followup ended.
It must have seemed like the ideal situation, bring back Schwarzenegger, bring back Linda Hamilton as the original Sarah Connor, and to top it off bring back the original creator James Cameron to write the story and produce the movie, he's too busy directing Avatar 2 so passed that duty off to Deadpool director Tim Miller.
What we have here then is series fatigue, after the 2015 reboot promise the paying public and fans have simply lost hope in trying to get a film which brings back the memory of the first 2 films, Dark Fate does not do this.
Then we have the talent, Arnold Schwarzenegger is no where near the star he was in 1991, arguably the biggest, and he is no longer the mean looking muscle machine he once was, then Linda Hamilton who rarely appears in films these days so do audiences know who she is or connect with her? Then James Cameron, after Avatar, which granted was the biggest film ever until this year, is hardly a household name anymore, these elements don't make for a must see movie.
The original 1984 story has now been told again and again in the Terminator movies, how many time can the story of a robot sent from the future to kill someone who is in turn protected by another person/machine sent from the same future, despite how much you mix things up, audiences are clearly bored of this rehashing in each reboot.
Special effects today have to have the WOW factor to sell a movie, Terminator 2 had it, but its harder to do in a day and age when almost anything is possible and sadly Dark Fate simply fails to have it.
The film reportedly had a troubled post production with director Miller and writer/producer Cameron disagreeing over the edit, and it shows, it leaves you feeling like you have just watched a disjointed movie when you leave the cinema.
Finally, and maybe this is a personal thing, the title, Dark Fate is a bit cheesy and doesn't come close to Judgment Day or even Salvation, Rise of the Machines was even a good sub title. A title shouldn't matter but it has got to sell the film, Genisys was not good and Dark Fate is even worse.
The movie will struggle to make $300 Million at the global box office, this in a day and age when tentpole movie are expected to take over a Billion is not good enough, the series future is looking bleak and it could be this is the last nail in the coffin.
There is one last hope that might bring the series back! If James Cameron can find a story somewhere within that is different but keeps within the Terminator universe, and if he decides to direct the movie himself we may just get a 7th movie, its a big ask with his involvement in the Avatar films, but this might mean we get a good few year before another movie, no bad thing.
Like many other long running series, Alien for example, the series won't just lie back and enjoy the success it's had, we most likely will see another movie in the series but it will be for another generation, and once we have forgotten the bad box office run of Terminator: Dark Fate.
19th February 2019
The Chinese film The Wandering Earth keeps hold of the global box office for a second weekend with Alita: battle Angel showing good strength with its US release.
Topping the global box office for a second weekend the Chinese hit takes $96.9 million from just 3 countries this weekend to boost its total global box office to an amazing $609.3 million.
With its release in the US the manga live action movie from director Robert Rodriguez climbs to number 2 with a gross of $83.9 million from 86 countries.
the films total world gross now sits at $130 million.
After entering at number 3 last weekend the brick movie remains in the same place this week with $33.3 million from 69 countries.
The films total gross is now $97 million after 2 weeks, it will hit $100 million by next weekend.
Still pulling in audiences in China this comedy is at number 4 this week with a gross of $28.1 million from just the single country.
This pushes the films total global gross to $318.4 million.
There is again a Chinese film to finish off the top 5 this week as the hit film takes $25.7 million from 6 countries to boosts its total cume to $238.4 million.
12th February 2019
It was the Chinese new year this past week and Chinese films absolutely dominated the global box office with The Wandering Earth heading a trio of film inside the top 5.
Opening in China to $172.2 million from 3 countries, the Chinese Sci-fi dominated the Chinese box office over the luna new year celebrations and hence dominated the global box office.
The Frant Gwo directed movie has a total global gross of $289 million, the closest Hollywood film this week is the second lego movie entering the box office down at 3.
Also doing well at the Chinese box office is Crazy Alien which leapt to number 2 this week with $77.6 million from 2 countries which boosts its total global gross to $213.5 million.
Highest new film of the week is a Hollywood movie which enters at number 3 with a debut gross of $53.1 million from a quite large 64 countries.
Released in 6 countries the Han Han directed movie takes $52.4 million over the weekend to boosts its total global gross to $150.6 million.
Falling quite hard fro, the top this week the third Dragon movie takes $38.2 million from 47 countries on its second weekend to boost its total gross to $138.7 million.
The film is yet to be released in much of the world, including the US, which will give the film a second wind and boost on the box office charts.
30th October 2018
With the fright season upon us now the world wanted to be scared and took in Halloween to keep it at the top for a second week with Bohemian Rhapsody the top new film
For the second week running the Jamie Lee Curtis starring film tops the global box office, released in 63 countries the film takes $57.6 million this week.
This boosts the films total global gross to $172.3 million and it is by far the most successful film in the series.
Still hanging in there is the Bradly Cooper directed and starring film which this week takes $31.7 million from 76 countries, this boosts the film global gross to $253.3 million.
The Sony villain film is still at number 3 this week and takes $28.1 million from 66 countries to boost its total cume to $508 million, taking another Marvel film past the half billion mark.
The animated family comedy is still holding onto a top 5 spot and this week takes $22 million from 79 countries for a $167 million global gross.
The film has the biggest country count on this week global box office.
The alien hunter movie moves back to number 5 this week with a global gross of $20.7 million from just 21 countries, the films total gross is now $62.5 million.
Highest new film of the week is the Queen/Freddy Mercury bio-pic which has been released in just 2 countries and takes $12.2 million.
The Bryan Singer directed movie expands this weekend in the US market where Queen had a big following.
19th September 2018
Despite the less than favourable reviews The Predator takes the top spot on its debut weekend in the UK knocking horror film The Nun down to number 2.
The sixth film in the Predator franchise (including the 2 cross over films with the Alien franchise) takes £2.3 million on its opening weekend which is in the same ball park of the previous film Predators from 2010.
The film will most likely have most of its business in this first weekend so expect the film to drop considerably on its second weekend.
Falling to number 2 this week is The Nun which takes £1.8 million on its second weekend of release which brings the films total gross to £7.7 million.
New at number 3 is the US smash hit Crazy Rich Asians, although the film doesn't seem to be repeating the same success in the UK.
There was an expectation that the film would top the box office but with a £1.6 million opening this is only good enough for a top 3 debut.
Michael Cains new film King Of Thieves enters the chart at number 4 with a £1.5 million debut.
The star has been in some big movies over the last 20 years which have had massive debuts but for a lesser known film this is a good debut, no doubt increased by his star power.Finishing off the top 5 is former number 1 film Christopher Robin which takes £521,842 this week, this brings the films total gross after 5 weeks to £13 million.