The new Terminator movie, Terminator: Dark Fate, didn’t succeed compared to the other Terminator movies.
Terminator: Dark Fate made the least amount of money in the franchise, making only $200 million in the box office. Ian Sandwell states, “Sadly, the movie seems condemned to its own dark fate as it currently stands at $199.2 million worldwide, having opened pretty much everywhere.” It dropped 63% in the U.S. over a slow weekend of releases and seems to end its run with $300 million worldwide.
Terminator: Dark Fate is trying to restart a franchise with original characters mixing in with new ones. One problem with this is that it felt too closely linked to the original two movies to truly appeal to new potential fans. It is stated, “It gave Dark Fate a Stars Wars: The Force Awakens vibe, trying to restart a franchise with classic characters mixing with new characters. Felt too closely linked to the original two movies to truly appeal to potential new fans.” Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought a new generation of fans and didn’t have to rely on prior knowledge.
The movie, Joker, could have been another reason Terminator: Dark Fate flopped, making over $1 billion worldwide in box office sales. The Joker movie took an enormous adult audience away from the Terminator. This was a challenge the Terminator was facing. “Joker became the must-see movie that Dark Fate could only dream of being, attracting an adult audience away from the Terminator offering.”
The movie is facing a very uncertain future at the moment, but it might be promising when it comes to home entertainment formats.