I am not surprised that Terminator: Dark Fate is bombing because I am the target demographic for that movie. A futuristic movie featuring cyborgs killing everything in their path. I am THERE!
But, I knew I wouldn’t be there for this movie the moment I saw this early picture promoting the movie.
First of all, what the hell is that androgynous thing in the middle and who is the Hispanic chick? Why am I turning into a Terminator movie to see that? Of course, like the new Ghostbusters before it, this was really supposed to be a big feminist “F you” to the sort of men who liked the original movies. The director even said so before it came out:
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(Tim) Miller, who broke out in Hollywood after directing “Deadpool,” recently spoke with Variety ahead of bringing “Terminator: Dark Fate” to Comic-Con later this month. The filmmaker said Mackenzie’s cyborg character Grace will be enough to get misogynistic internet trolls shaking in their boots.
“If you’re at all enlightened, she’ll play like gangbusters. If you’re a closet misogynist, she’ll scare the f*ck out of you, because she’s tough and strong but very feminine,” Miller said. “We did not trade certain gender traits for others; she’s just very strong, and that frightens some dudes. You can see online the responses to some of the early sh*t that’s out there, trolls on the internet. I don’t give a f*ck.”
I am guessing he gives a f*ck now because in the real world, no one shook in their boots, they just decided not to see the movie:
Following the disastrous opening of Paramount’s “Gemini Man” in October, the studio got its second major fall release box office bomb this weekend with the dismal opening of “Terminator: Dark Fate.” The new Paramount release had been projected to open in the $40 million ballpark but only grossed $29 million in the U.S. and $102 million oversees, a sign the film’s international box office won’t be enough to save it. Despite solid reviews and the highly-touted returns of James Cameron and Linda Hamilton to the franchise, “Dark Fate” barely opened higher than 2015’s despised “Terminator Genisys” (a $27 million start in the U.S.).
“Dark Fate” cost $185 million to produce. Variety reports the movie’s marketing and distribution budget was in the $80 million and $100 million range, which means the movie would have to gross in the $450 million range in order to turn a profit. For comparison, “Genisys” tapped out at $440 million worldwide in 2015 after opening in the same margin. Box office analysts tell Variety “Dark Fate” is heading to a final worldwide gross between $180 million and $200 million, which would result in a loss of $100 million or more.
So, was being woke worth losing 100 million dollars? Well, it wasn’t Tim Miller’s 100 million dollars, was it? He’ll get lots of pats on the back at parties and woke Hollywood actors telling him, “It’s too bad Americans are such neanderthals. One day they’ll be enlightened enough! One day!”
As for the rest of us, it’s good news that they’re losing so much money because it makes it less likely that they’ll keep shoving this woke garbage in our faces. The Tim Millers of the world may not care about losing all that money, but SOMEBODY does and in the future, they’re going to be less likely to put it into woke trash like this.