'Terminator: Dark Fate' Fizzles With $29 Million Debut

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For "Dark Fate", 60% of opening weekend crowds were male, over half of which were under the age of 30.

Tencent's co-financing share is reported to be 10 percent and is handling the distribution, marketing and merchandising of the film in China.

As Variety reports, "Terminator: Dark Fate" may be the weekend's number-one movie, but its domestic gross of just $29 million is far less than the studio's expectations of a $40M-plus opening weekend - despite solid word of mouth and generally positive reviews for the film reuniting original "Terminator" stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, whose last appearance in the franchise was in 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgement Day". Though the first film earned a massive $500 million overseas, "Maleficent 2" has already surpassed the lifetime tally of the original in 11 markets, including China ($46.9 million), Russian Federation ($28.2 million) and France ($15.3 million). Tim Miller (Deadpool) directed from a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade), Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray.

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Rounding out the top tier are Zombieland: Double Tap at No. 6 with $7.4 million, Countdown at No. 7 with $5.9 million, Black and Blue at No. 8 with $4.1 million, Motherless Brooklyn at No. 9 with $3.7 million and Arctic Dogs at No. 10 with $3.1 million.

Edward Norton serves as writer, director, producer and star of the $26-million movie, an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's novel about a '50s-era private investigator with Tourette syndrome who is on the hunt to solve his mentor's murder. African Americans accounted for almost 50 per cent of ticket buyers. In September, the company released Downton Abbey, which launched with a better-than-expected US$31 million. Kasi Lemmons directed the film, which also stars Leslie Odom Jr, Joe Alwyn and Janelle Monae. "With the story of one woman's strength that literally change the world we all live in today, it is the feel-great movie people are looking for - becoming an event for friends and families going to see together". "This is a movie that says we cannot control the circumstances into which we are born, but we can control what we do once we get here". John Cleese, Anjelica Huston, James Franco, Heidi Klum and Alec Baldwin also lend their voices to the film, which earned a dismal B- CinemaScore and did not screen for critics.

R-rated "Joker" is on track to earn $1 billion worldwide after holding at No. 2 at the box office this weekend, according to early numbers. "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" landed in third place in its third weekend with an additional $12.2 million.

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