Terminator: Genisys Has Dismal Opening

‘Terminator: Genisys’ Tanks At Box Office: Are Planned Sequels In Jeopardy?

Even though Terminator: Genisys marked the return of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the popular sci-fi franchise, the film failed to attract U.S. moviegoers over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

With its release being on Wednesday, July 1, Terminator: Genisys is estimated to bring in a total of $44.1 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter, with $28.7 million of that amount being from Friday through Sunday. This is the first Terminator film since 2009’s Terminator: Salvation, and there have been talks about two more sequels, which are scheduled for 2017 and 2018, according to their respective IMDb pages. But with the poor performance of $155 million-budgeted Genisys, it’s uncertain if Paramount will move forward with the other two planned projects.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Terminator: Genisys opened to poor reviews from film critics. At the time of this publication, Genisys has a 27 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 46 of the 171 reviews counted being positive. That makes it the worst-reviewed entry of the Terminator franchise thus far, faring worse with critics than Salvation.

Rob Moore, the vice chairman for Paramount Pictures, said the negative reviews for Terminator: Genisys had an impact on its performance in the U.S. But, at the same time, the film saw a spike in attendance after its first two days of release.

“There is no question but that the U.S. market got affected by reviews, but through the weekend, we actually played above what people thought we would.”

Moore added that Genisys is having a “spectacular” weekend overseas. In its first five days of release in foreign markets, the film brought in $85.5 million, bringing its worldwide total to $129.6 million.

Variety reports that Genisys opens next weekend in Germany, Italy, and Spain, and has an unknown release date for China. Once it opens in those markets, the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise is expected to bring in somewhere between $300 million and $400 million overseas.

Of the two new releases, Terminator: Genisys topped Magic Mike XXL, which brought in $12 million over the weekend, and has a total of $27.1 million since opening on Wednesday. But both sequels failed to secure the number one and number two spots from previously released films.

Jurassic World has the possibility to retain its title as box office champion for a fourth week in a row, but it has some strong competition with Pixar’s Inside Out. The fourth entry in the Jurassic franchise is estimated to bring in $30.9 million over the three-day weekend, while Pixar’s latest is expected to earn $30.1 million. On the five-day outlook, it’s a slightly different story. Inside Out is the better of the two holdovers with $45.3 million, while Jurassic World is looking to bring in $43.8 million.

[Image credit: Paramount Pictures via Latino Review]