‘Terminator’ tops ‘Joker’ in battle for North American box office

“Terminator: Dark Fate” opened atop the North American box office this weekend with an estimated take of $29 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday, but analysts said that figure fell far below expectations.

‘Terminator’ tops ‘Joker’ in battle for North American box office

Gabriel Luna (R) and Robert Rodriguez attend the “Terminator: Dark Fate” Screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Slaughter Lane on October 29, 2019 in Austin, Texas. AFP

After all, the sixth and latest installment in the franchise — reuniting stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton with series creator James Cameron — cost $185 million to make.

The Paramount film has Sarah Connor (Hamilton) fighting to protect a young girl from a deadly Terminator arrived from the future.

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The film may have been hurt by head-to-head competition with dark thriller “Joker,” which in its fifth week took in $13.9 million for the second spot in the Friday-to-Sunday period. Joaquin Phoenix plays Batman’s notorious nemesis in the Warner Bros. film.

In third place was Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” at $12.2 million. The film once again stars Angelina Jolie playing the evil sorceress, and adds Michelle Pfeiffer as the scheming Queen Ingrith.

New biopic “Harriet” — the story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and work to help free other slaves — surprised analysts with its fourth-place finish, earning $12 million.

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It was a strong showing for a historical drama. The film has earned a rare A+ CinemaScore rating from audiences, and British star Cynthia Erivo has earned strong reviews for her performance in the title role.

In fifth was United Artists’ computer-animated “The Addams Family,” at $8.5 million. The funny/spooky film features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg and Bette Midler.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“Zombieland: Double Tap” ($7.4 million)

“Countdown” ($5.9 million)

“Black and Blue” ($4.1 million)

“Motherless Brooklyn” ($3.7 million)

“Arctic Dogs” ($3.1 million)

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