Harriet debuts with surprising numbers.

Though it finished the weekend in first place, Terminator: Dark Fate (#1) earned a very disappointing $28 million. That's just barely higher than 2015's Terminator Genisys, the last time a film from the franchise was released. And, with a B+ CinemaScore, Dark Fate will likely fall quickly next weekend for a massive burn on the franchise. Dark Fate coast around $180 million to make and will not earn close to that.

On a brighter note, Focus Features's Harriet (#4) surprised with $12 million. The biopic starring Cynthia Erivo had earned mixed reviews from critics, but the empowering story earned raves from audiences, who gave the film an A+ CinemaScore. It should continue to play well to adult crowds over the coming Thanksgiving holiday weekend and throughout awards season.

Not quite as bright was WB's Motherless Brooklyn (#9). An awards-season hopeful, the Edward Norton-directed drama earned just $3.65 million. That was enough for a Top Ten finish, but not enough to make much of a mark.

In limited release, The Lighthouse (#13) expanded to over 900 locations, giving it a boost up the charts. The divisive horror film could wind up in the Top Ten if word of mouth continues.

Leaving the Top Ten along with The Lighthouse this week are dud Gemini Man (#14), long-awaited The Current War: Director's Cut (#15), and animated hit Abominable (#17).

TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)

1. TERMINATOR: DARK FATE - $29 million

2. JOKER - $13.925 million

3. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL - $12.175 million

4. HARRIET - $12 million

5. THE ADDAMS FAMILY - $8.49 million

6. ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP - $7.35 million

7. COUNTDOWN - $5.85 million

8. BLACK AND BLUE - $4.05 million

9. MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN - $3.65 million

10. ARCTIC DOGS - $3.1 million

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