'Terminator' takes top spot but underwhelms N.America box office - GulfToday

'Terminator' takes top spot but underwhelms N.America box office

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, and Linda Hamilton pose during a photo call to promote the film Terminator: Dark Fate. AFP

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

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.

"A storied Hollywood film franchise has been terminated at least for the foreseeable future," said The Hollywood Reporter.

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

Dark comic-Book thriller "Joker," which is in its fifth week at theaters, took $13.5 million 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 $13.1 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 $11.7 million.

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 $8.3 million. The funny/spooky film features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg and Bette Midler.

Agence France-Presse

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