Will The Terminator Be Back?
Even before the release of Terminator Genisys, Skydance Productions and Paramount boldly announced plans for sequels to arrive in 2017 and 2018. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, these films are far from a sure thing. While the fifth entry in the popular franchise has grossed a respectable $279 million worldwide (on a budget of $150 million), it is being described as a “bubble” movie, an industry term for “decent performers whose returns don’t trigger an automatic sequel, but whose backers aren’t quite ready to give up.” Other recent examples include Godzilla, Jack Reacher, Pacific Rim, and Snow White and the Huntsman. (In their defense, a case could be made that Batman Begins was a bubble movie—and we all know how that franchise turned out.)
Some industry observers are growing impatient with unnecessary sequels, and the Terminator franchise appears to be their latest punching bag. “Sometimes you are left scratching your head,” says box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “If a movie doesn’t kill at the box office, why move ahead? Studios will build franchises sometimes without the blessing of the audience.”
So how much does Terminator Genisys need to gross to make a sequel unambiguously viable? According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will need to earn somewhere between $375 million and $400 million “to quell nerves at Paramount,” a prospect that largely depends on the Chinese box office. Underscoring the sense of uncertainty, even an unnamed source at Paramount is unbelievably vague, saying “we will definitely need to see the holds globally to confirm that people like the film.”
While the studio waits to find out if you like Terminator Genisys, you can judge for yourself by seeing it in theatres now. Still not sure you’re interested? Watch the trailer below.