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11th February 2020
Bad Boys For Life had a good run at the top of the US box office but its time for a change and this weekend Margot Robbie and her gang of trouble makers hit the top in Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn).
Makings its debut at the top of the US box office the spiritual follow-up to Suicide Squad with Harley Quinn leading the way as she joins up with the Birds Of Prey to down a Billionaire criminal.
The film took $33.2 Million over the weekend which is perhaps a little lower than was expected, and if lower than Suicide Squad and Joker from last year.
After 3 weeks at the top the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence buddy cop movie falls to number 2 this week with $12 Million.
The film now has a total gross of $166.3 million and although not as good as your average superhero movie is far better than anyone could have expected from the movie.
The award darling war movie (altohugh it didn't get the Oscar) falls to number 3 this weekend with $9 Million pushing its total gross after 7 weeks of release to $132.5 Million.
Robert Downey Jr. screen adaptation of the classic novel falls to number 4 this weekend with $6.6 pushing the film to $63.9 Million after 4 weeks.
Dwayne Johnson and his gang trapped in a video game falls to number 5 this week with $5.5 Million giving the film a 9 week total of $298.4 Million, it should pass $300 Million by next weekend.
The Sci-Fi space opera falls to number 10 this weekend but it does have the highest total gross on the chart with $510.5 Million from 8 weeks of release.
The South Korean movie has been in cinemas in the US now for 18 weeks, and altohugh they have not all been on the top 15 it does have the longest run of films inside the top 15.
The movie was the Oscar darling this year winning both best director and best movie which will bring a new audience to the movie and we could see the film around for a bit longer to come.
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.
25th November 2019
Without too much trouble Frozen II makes its global debut at the top of the global box office leaving Ford V. Ferrari to drop into second place while A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and 21 Bridges also make promising debuts to their chart run.
Disney's sequel animated feature was a sure fire hit the make its debut at the top of the global box office as the much anticipated sequel to 2013's mega hit Frozen takes $350.2 Million from 38 countries.
With the film being released just before the holiday season across much of the world the film is bound to remain in the upper section of the chart for a while.
The film will be hard pushed to match the £1.2 Billion of the original film but its within the movies, and Disney's, power to get the film over the Billion mark.
The Matt Damon and Christian Bale starring movie drop to number 2 on its second weekend of release with $30.7 Million from 44 countries.
THe film has now made a very respectable $103.7 Million globally.
Tom Hanks shines in the story of American children's favourite Mr Rodgers in this Oscar worthy film which enters the chart at 3 with $13.5 Million from just 1 country.
The Marielle Heller directed movie will expand wider in the coming weeks but as this is very much a story of an American icon with little knowledge of the subject matter around the globe the studio will have to rely on the star power of Tom Hanks to sell the movie.
Chadwick Boseman stars in this action movie which enters the global box office at 4 with $12 Million from 21 countries.
Falling to 5 this week is the DC villain movie which has potentially shone brighter than other comic book movies this year, the film takes $10.4 Million from 78 countries on its 8th weekend of release.
The film has now taken $1.035 Billion globally and although this is nowhere near the box office take of Avengers: Endgame the movie cost far less to make and there is the possibility of a Oscar next year, Warner Bros. must be far happier than Marvel right now!
11th February 2019
The bricks were back in town this week in the US as The Lego Movie 2 went into cinemas and topped the chart on its debut weekend.
Following in the footsteps of the $250 million grossing The lego Movie the follow up hits cinemas this week with a $35 million debut.
Worryingly this is way lower than the originals nearly $70 million opening and could mean trouble ahead for the brick movie.
20 years after Mel Gibson starred in What Women Want we get a female slant on the same story as Taraji P. Henson stars as a woman who can hear the thoughts of men around her.
The new comedy enters the US box office at number 2 and takes $19 million on its debut.
Despite the controversy its star Liam Neeson may have caused during the week his new film hits number 3 on the box office this week.
With a debut of $10.8 million its a fairly run of the mill opening weekend for the Irish star.
The Kevin Hart Dramatic Comedy this week falls to number 4 with a $7.2 million weekend which takes its total to $85.8 million after 5 weeks of release.
Falling to number 5 this week is last weeks number 1 film which takes $6.4 million on its fourth week of release to take its total to just under $100 million, it should reach that milestone by next weekend.
26th November 2018
Disney release their big holiday animation Ralph Breaks The Internet over the American Thanksgiving weekend and along with Creed II also making its debut and strong holdovers it makes for a record weekly take with the top 10 grossing over $200 million.
The latest Disney movie had plenty of hype and hence opens at the top of the US box office with a $55 million 3 day weekend and an $85 million 5 day weekend which includes the Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving
This means that the new Ralph film is running $15 million ahead of its 2012 predecessor over the same period and should end up grossing far more in the long run.
The follow up to Creed from 2015 and spiritual follow up to Rocky IV from 1986 the Micheal B. Jordan starring movie opens at number 2 with a $35 million opening 3 days and a $55 million 5 day Thanksgiving.
This is far higher than the original movies opening by $14 million.
The Grinch drops to number 3 this week after 3 weeks of release with a $30 million weekend gross, the film now has a total US gross of $180.5 million.
After opening big last weekend the new Fantastic Beasts film runs into trouble this week and falls hard to number 4 with a weekend gross of just $29.6 million which brings the films 10 gross to a relatively poor $117 million.
One film which has done better than expected and this week sits at number 5 is the Queen bio-pic which this week takes $13 million for a $152 million total US gross.
One film that has not done too well on its debut weekend is the new Robin Hood movie starring Taron Egerton which limps onto the box office chart at number 7 with a poor $9.1 million gross.