Thursday, May 30, 2024

The 80s Are Over: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $185 Million “Terminator”Dark Fate” DOA, Follows Stallone’s “Rambo: Last Blood” Down the Tubes


That may be all for “Terminator” movies, just as it was for “Rambo” last month.

The new Terminator entry, “Dark Fate,” cost at least $185 million to make, and took in just $29 million over the weekend. It’s DOA. To paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenegger, “he won’t be back.”

Schwarzenegger brought back Linda Hamilton, had a team of expensive writers, and then handed this ghastly expensive project to a director, Tim Miller, who’d never made a feature film. Let’s say that again: never made a feature film. In what business would you give something that costs $185 MILLION DOLLARS to a total novice? Unbelievable.

Many important people are involved in the mopping up: Both Paramount and Fox-Disney, Skydance, Tencent, Lightstorm Entertainment and TSG. They’ve spread the misery around, certainly. And so many people have to get paid before Arnold, unless that’s in his deal. James Cameron, for one, and David Goyer. A mess.

Paramount is having a tough time. They invested in a lot of “franchise names” like Will Smith (“Gemini Man”) and Arnold, and got nowhere. They’re probably thanking God for “Rocketman.” Because of the success of the Elton John movie, Paramount will try to replicate the success with their BeeGees movie which tell the tale of the Gibbs brothers rising out of Australia, having many hits, bringing in their youngest brother, Andy, who soared to fame and success then died. Then two of the main brothers die, leaving Barry Gibb in Miami. They should call the movie “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” but they’ll probably call it “Stayin’ Alive.” As long as they don’t call it, “I Started a Joke.”

As for “Terminator,” enough already. Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo: Last Blood” was a dud with $44 mil here, $44 mil abroad. There will never be another “Die Hard” movie with Bruce Willis. The era of the ’80s avenging anti-superheroes is over.





Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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