Terminator Genisys is the fifth installment overall in the Terminator film series, as well as the latest blockbuster franchise revival to reach theaters in the Summer 2015 season. The movie sees Arnold Schwarzenegger back as a cyborg killing machine, while such actors as Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), and Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) step into such iconic roles as, respectively, Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese, and John Connor.
Co-written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) and directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), Genisys is designed to serve as a Star Trek (2009)-style 'soft reboot' of the Terminator franchise - introducing an alternate timeline of events set in the film universe originally envisioned by James Cameron. Terminator Genisys reviews have been far from glowing thus far, so the film will have to make up the difference by performing all the better at the box office (if Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions hope to follow through on plans for sequels and a tie-in Terminator TV series, anyway).
Deadline is reporting that Genisys took in $8.3 million from 10 smaller territories over this past weekend, ahead of its theatrical bow in the U.S. and several other major markets (such as Australia). That's close to a thirty percent improvement on Terminator Salvation's comparable international debut back in 2009, so already Genisys is off to a decent start at the global box office. To further hype the film's premiere state-side, it's been announced that special Genisys posters will be given away to U.S. theater-goers who see the movie in RealD 3D starting Tuesday evening, June 30th.
Different poster artwork will be made available to those who see Genisys at AMC, Cinemark, Carmike, and Marcus Theaters, while Regal Theaters will be handing out the following artwork, which we can exclusively debut online:
For those who are curious, here is the official Terminator Genisys synopsis:
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
In addition, IMAX screenings of Genisys will include an extended five-minute preview for Paramount and Skydance's upcoming release, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. The Tom Cruise-headlined action franchise sequel doesn't open until the end of July, so its IMAX preview will be shown in theaters for nearly a month (in case you're planning to see it). A Genisys TV spot promoting the Rogue Nation IMAX trailer has even debuted online already:
Terminator Genisys begins screening in select U.S. theaters on the evening of June 30th, 2015; its regular domestic theatrical release starts July 1st.