Could Arnie be back again?
Terminator Genisys’ performance in the world and US box office was poor considering the cost of the film and the hype that surrounded it. In the US the movie made little more than $89 million at the boxoffice which is far from impressive given that the move cost $155 million to make.
What’s surprising here is that the future of the franchise may not be over just yet. It seems Terminator Genesis may have been saved by China: “[The] feature is actually the fourth-biggest opening day for a Hollywood-made movie. According to sources, the film managed to make a surprising $27.4 million on Sunday from 25,000 locations. This total means that the worldwide box office total has reached $335.1 million – the project having cost a reported $155 million to make.”
Even though this shows a profit, it’s barely double the cost of the film. You’d expect something of that cost to reach significantly more than $335 million: “The studio still has “Terminator [Genisys] 2″ and “Terminator [Genisys] 3″ pencilled in for May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018.” So therefore can we accurately give a yes or no as to whether or not Terminator Genesis will get a sequel? No we cannot.
“Success in China could be the exact motivation that Paramount is looking for in considering the future of the new Terminator series – and the truth is that a sequel could actually succeed beyond Terminator Genisys simply because a follow-up wouldn’t have to spend so much time establishing a new timeline.”
However, if the money does seem to slow down, or if there are complications with the sequels then 20th Century Fox could pull the franchise altogether. It’s all down to luck, mostly.
The terminator franchise is getting on a bit. This ‘new timeline’ is basically a pseudo reboot, with all the same characters and ideas. I would have said a full reboot is needed or potentially leave it to the classics and not give it one at all. Admittedly a pseudo reboot worked for the Star Trek films so it could work for Terminator too. We’ll just have to wait and see.