With a poor reception from both critics and fans, and audiences on the whole tending to stay away, the future of Terminator: Genesys has been in doubt. A few weeks ago, I posted the news that a Paramount executive has said:
“We will definitely need to see the holds globally to confirm that people like the film.”
Most took this comment to mean that the series would be likely to continue only if it did better in foreign markets, even though a sequel was still slated for May 19, 2017. Now China is becoming a very big market for films, and it was the big success of Pacific Rim there, even though it just did good-ish business in the US, that was one of the reasons for Guillermo Del Toro being able to make a sequel. Terminator: Genesys opened there last weekend, and it nabbed the fourth biggest debut ever for an American film in that country, the $27.4 million single day haul putting it behind Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and Furious 7, and beating the first day gross of Jurassic World.
Now I was kind of hoping that, considering Terminator: Genesys was such a mess, they would just give up and wait until 2019, when the rights for the franchise will revert back to James Cameron, though he may be too busy with Avatar sequels to make or at least oversee another Terminator film and perhaps they should just leave it well alone. The first two Terminator movies remain classics, and in some ways don’t even seem to date very much. I can’t help being a little curious at where the story can go after Terminator: Genesys, and would like a hell of a lot of things in it clarified, but when the first film in this proposed new trilogy of films was little more than a confused rehash of bits and pieces from the first two films, I, and I reckon many others, are going to require a lot of convincing that the second movie is going to be good, while it does seem that general moviegoers are just not interested in this world.