Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and James Cameron reunite for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day as Paramount and Skydance Productions look to relaunch the Terminator franchise with the Tim Miller-directed Terminator: Dark Fate, and judging by tracking estimates, it seems said relaunch is on course to succeed.
As reported by Deadline, the R-rated Dark Fate is tracking a domestic opening weekend in excess of $40 million and may well top the $44 million franchise record opening set by Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines back in 2003. For comparison, the last entry Terminator: Genisys – which was itself intended as the start of a new trilogy – debuted to just $27 million in 2015 on its way to a domestic total of $89.8 million (it fared better overseas, with a global total of $440.6 million).
Dark Fate begins its international rollout from October 23rd, nine days before its U.S. release, and so its chances of a franchise record U.S. opening will likely be dependent on reviews and overseas reaction.
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Terminator: Dark Fate is being directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool), with James Cameron producing, and sees Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800), Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Edward Furlong (John Connor) reprising their roles alongside new cast additions Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Natalia Reyes (Lady), Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars) and Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). The film will be released on October 23rd in the UK and November 1st in North America.