It’s no secret that the Terminator franchise has seen better days. While the first two James Cameron-directed films are all-time classics, every movie since then has been met with a mixed response at best, leading to lots of skepticism around Dark Fate.
While Dark Fate’s 70% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes is much, much higher than 2015’s Genisys or 2009’s Salvation, it’s basically in line with 2003’s Terminator 3, which while fun, isn’t exactly what anyone would call a top-shelf blockbuster sequel.
Unfortunately, despite the (faint) praise of Dark Fate being dubbed as the best entry since Terminator 2, audiences proved largely indifferent. As Deadline reports, while Terminator 6 won the weekend domestically, it did so with a measly $29 million haul.
Terminator: Dark Fate reportedly cost Paramount nearly $200 million to make, so such a woeful domestic haul is potentially catastrophic for the future of the franchise. Overseas earnings might break things even, but any kind of big profit seems unlikely.
To put things in perspective, Dark Fate just barely squeaked by Genisys to avoid becoming the lowest-opening sequel in the entire series. As with Salvation and Genisys, this was reportedly the first film in a planned trilogy that now seems doomed to death.