Terminator might not be back following its recent diversity push in Dark Fate, which sees fans stay away, as the movie absolutely tanks at the box office this weekend.
While initially tracking to a $40 million-plus opening weekend, Terminator: Dark Fate is estimated to only bring in $29 million, which is barely better than Genisys, which bombed with a $27 million opener.
Terminator: Dark Fate does have a 70% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score from critics and an 85% Audience score, so maybe it’s not all bad (depending on how you look at it, as TF reportedly cost $200 million to make or more).
Regarding the diversity push, the movie promoted Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor, Mackenzie Davis as the super-soldier from the future, and Natalia Reyes as Dani Ramos as the stars of the movie.
Hamilton’s Sarah Connor obviously takes the role of Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Davis as Michael Biehn’s Kyle Reese, and Reyes as the “Sarah Connor” role from the first movie; so we see the females essentially replace the male characters (that’s not all who get replaced, but that is a big spoiler).
Update: Franchise has been terminated.
Terminator: Dark Fate tanks just like 2016 Ghostbusters
The first trailer wasn’t well-received by fans, and the director on the movie, Tim Miller, actually f-bombed fans regarding complaints calling them a “closet misogynist” and said he doesn’t give a f—.
Well, similar to the Ghostbusters 2016 director f-bombing the fans, Terminator: Dark Fate fails at the box office big time.
Deadline also offers there were internal problems ranging from script problems to Tim Miller butting heads with producer James Cameron during editing.
Cameron actually told Cinema Blend about working with Miller:
“The blood is still being scrubbed off the walls from those creative battles. This is a film that was forged in fire. So, yeah. But that’s the creative process, right? I mean, my work with Robert on Alita was very different. Robert loved the script, loved everything, said, ‘I just want to make this movie. I want to make the movie the way you see it.’ I was like, ‘No, you got to make it your movie.’ I had the reverse experience with Tim, which is Tim wanted to make it his movie. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I kind of know a little about this world.’ So I had the matter and the anti-matter version of that producorial experience.”
Various fan reactions also offer the movie is filled with “woke” comments and cringe-inducing dialogue as well as a plot that is a big mess with the special effects not being all that good (something T2 is known for, it’s great special effects with that liquid metal effect).