ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Paramount must be extremely confident in what it saw with the recently wrapped "Terminator:Genisys" - it has already put two more sequels on the schedule for 2017 and 2018!

To be specific, the sequels are set for May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018!

That is a lot of faith for a franchise that hit it's high point 23 years ago, in the summer of 1991, when "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" raked in $204 million domestically and $519 million worldwide.

Of course, that film had both director James Cameron and star Arnold Schwarzenegger in their primes.

The next installment, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines", was hurt by Cameron's absence and franchise fatigue and a TWELVE year gap between films - and it's box-office declined noticeably as a result. It grossed $150 million domestically and $433 million worldwide.

The absence of Schwarzenegger and another SIX tear gap between films caused the franchise to drop again at the box-office, with a disappointing $125 million domestic haul and a worldwide take of $371 million for "Terminator Salvation".

With inflation taken into account, it is even more clear that are fewer fans and interest in the franchise with each subsequent film released since Guns N'Roses ruled.

With "Escape Plan", "The Last Stand" and "Sabotage" all bombing at the box-office since January 2013, it is clear - for now, at least - that Schwarzenegger's star has dimmed considerably. Couple that with another SIX year gap between "Salvation" and when "Genisys" hits in 2015 and it may not be as sure a thing as some think.

But Paramount had to see something it liked to green light to TWO sequels already, right?

I guess we'll all find out a year from now.


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