It’s another busy week at the box office as “Terminator: Dark Fate,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Harriet,” and “Arctic Dogs” open in theaters across the country. The new films had a difficult opening weekend, and they will have another challenging week ahead as more holiday movies and winter thrillers begin to flood the schedule. The new Terminator movie didn’t break any franchise records, despite bringing back the cast for a mini-reunion, but it take the top spot on the domestic chart.
Paramount Pictures’ “Terminator: Dark Fate” opened across 4,086 locations and made $29M. Tim Miller directed “Terminator: Dark Fate,” which stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, and Natalia Reyes. To put that opening in perspective, we can travel through time and revisit the franchise. The original “The Terminator” opened in 1984 with a $4M domestic opening, followed by “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” with a $31.7M debut in 1991. “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” opened in 2003 with a $44M weekend, and “Terminator Salvation” made $42.5M in 2009. In 2015, Paramount Pictures released “Terminator Genisys” which made $27M on its opening weekend.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joker” disrupted the new release schedule again this week, making another $13.9M to raise the film’s five-week domestic total to $300M. Todd Phillips directed “Joker,” which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” also topped most of the new releases, bringing in another $12.1M across 3,820 locations. Now in its third week in theaters, the Disney live-action hit has made over $84.3M domestically.
“Harriet,” from Focus Features, is the next new release on the chart. The biopic landed in fourth-place overall with a $12M weekend. Kasi Lemmons directed “Harriet,” which stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and Joe Alwyn. “The Addams Family” remained on the top five chart for another week, bringing in $8.5M. The animated-comedy’s four-week domestic total now sits at $85.2M. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed “The Addams Family,” and the film features the voice talents of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Tituss Burgess, Jenifer Lewis, and Elsie Fisher.
Not making the top five but worth mentioning are this week’s other new releases. “Motherless Brooklyn,” also from Warner Bros. Pictures, opened in 1,342 locations with a $3.65M weekend. Edward Norton wrote and directed “Motherless Brooklyn,” he also stars in the film with Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Ethan Suplee, Dallas Roberts, Josh Pais, Robert Ray Wisdom, Fisher Stevens, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe. The animated-comedy “Arctic Dogs” opened in 2,844 locations, but only made $3.1M. Aaron Woodley directed “Arctic Dogs,” and the movie features the voice talents of Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Angelica Huston, John Cleese, James Franco, and Omar Sy.
The holiday schedule starts next week with Pail Feig’s “Last Christmas,” starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. That’s the same weekend that the war-drama “Midway” and the horror-thriller “Doctor Sleep” hits theaters.
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