“Terminator Genisys” was one of the big summer-movie duds of 2015, with a weak $27 million opening and eventual lacklustre $440.6 million worldwide gross (it only made $89.7 million domestically).
Not a very good performance for a legendary franchise that saw its star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, return to play the killing machine for the first time in 12 years.
Business Insider brought up the “Terminator” franchise to another “Genisys” star, Jai Courtney, while he was doing press for the upcoming DC Comics movie “Suicide Squad” (opening on Friday), and he didn’t seem too disappointed about the studio hitting the pause button on “Terminator.”
“Um, no,” Courtney said when asked if he was sad that no more “Terminator” movies are coming soon.
Courtney is no stranger to franchise relaunches that don’t live up to expectations. One of his big breakout roles was playing the son of “Die Hard” character John McClane (Bruce Willis) in the 2013 movie “A Good Day to Die Hard.” The weak box office on the movie scrapped any chances of Courtney taking over the franchise from Willis.
“I’ve certainly become unattached to the idea of it having to come around again,” Courtney said of potential franchise movies getting sequels. “If it seems like an obvious movie to make then cool. But with ‘Terminator,’ who knows, it’s probably time to leave it where it is. But if they can get back in there and dig around and decide there is another film to make, I’ll take the call.”
The good news for “Terminator” fans is there’s still hope for a comeback. The franchise’s creator, director James Cameron, will get the rights back in 2019.
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