After poor box office numbers on the domestic front, Terminator: Genisys has been revived to top the international box office with some help from China.
The film pulled in $27.4 in its first day in the country, the same amount the film made during the entire opening weekend in the United States. The numbers from China gave Terminator: Genisys the boost it needed to take back the number one spot in the international box office. To top it off, the film has become the fourth biggest opening day ever for a Hollywood movie in the country, behind Furious 7, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.
After Jurassic World, China began its summer blackout, which blocked American summer blockbusters from being shown in the country to give more attention to Chinese films. Terminator: Genisys was the first American film after the blackout, making it a highly anticipated film for Chinese moviegoers. To help promote the movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger ventured to China and even made an appearance on the Chinese version of The Voice. The effects of the blackout, and buzz surrounding Schwarzenegger’s return to the franchise, helped create a major box-office win for Terminator: Genisys.
After the disappointing box-office numbers domestically, many believed that the franchise was dead in the water. If Paramount decides not to continue with Terminator: Genisys, it might become another failure like 2009’s Terminator Salvation, which tried to focus on the adult John Connor rather than the Terminator. Paramount could see Genisys as an even bigger failure because the studio heavily promoted the triumphant return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his most iconic roles, but the film failed to capture the charm and audience interest of the first two Terminator movies.
However, now that Terminator: Genisys has made over $350 million worldwide, Paramount may continue with their plans to make the two previously scheduled Terminator movies – set to release in 2017 and 2018. If Paramount continues with these sequels, they could clear up the messy plot twists that were created in Terminator: Genisys, resulting in a confusing alternate timeline. Either way, Paramount will be making a tough decision on what to do with the franchise. They could have it join Terminator Salvation as another failed attempt at rebooting the Terminator, or they can make more sequels that no one really seems to want.