Despite mediocre box-office numbers in the U.S., Terminator: Genisys was a bona fide hit in international territories. But that apparently still won’t be enough to keep the franchise alive.
Before the film opened, the creative team was already mapping out a new trilogy and potential spinoff TV series to tie in to the new-look Terminator run. They forgot to focus on actually making a good movie, and the critical take and domestic viewership were harsh. So yeah, the future was in flux as early as opening night.
Despite the weak performance, Genisys earned $440 million worldwide, against a $155 million budget. But, according to a new piece in The Hollywood Reporter, it’ll likely still lose money thanks to the massive marketing campaign and associated expenses. The report goes on to note that “the notion of a Terminator universe is on hold indefinitely.” Which makes sense, because despite the franchise being a sci-fi legacy, Genisys was an extremely weak launchpad.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the time-traveling action series. If anything, it stands to reason the studio might let it rest a couple of years and then put another reboot into production (if nothing else, just to keep the rights active and locked in).
But, for those hoping for more of the muddled Genisys arc — your dreams are fading fast.