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Yes. You read the title right, Terminator: Genisys is the most important film of this year. Now you may say, “Come on! Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming! What about the blockbuster twins, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World? And what of the critics’ darling, Mad Max: Fury Road!?” While all of those films are monumental and record breakers, it is Terminator: Genisys that will be remembered in the future as the film of 2015. Let’s break it down.

Terminator: Genisys has played in theaters like the children’s story, The Little Engine That Could. First the film was plagued by spoiler-filled trailers and posters, plus some controversial casting that upset many Terminator franchise fans. Then to top it all off, Genisys was released a mere two weeks after Jurassic World, a film that took a massive bite out of the box office and continued to drain revenue months after its release.

Terminator: Genisys opened on the July 4th weekend and managed to pull in only a little over $27 million in the five day weekend. Not the best opening for a tent pole film with a budget of $150 million, it certainly had some thinking the aging franchise was done for. Genisys continued to face a massive uphill battle with its marketing campaign and the monster of Jurassic World, which in its 4th weekend brought in almost $44 million.

Terminator: Genisys will likely finish its domestic run with around $90 million, and while that is a large disappointment, its box office is one of the main reasons the film is the most important movie of 2015. Again, let’s break it down.

As of this writing, Terminator: Genisys will have earned over $440 million worldwide, making it the first film in history to gross more than $400 million worldwide without first earning $100 million in the United States! The vast majority of its grosses have come from overseas, with close to $120 million coming from China alone. Terminator: Genisys lit up the Chinese box office, securing the 4th largest opening ever for a western film. In China, Terminator: Genisys earned on its first day of release what it took three days to earn at the domestic box office.

In fact, the production’s own studios and Hollywood itself had already written Terminator: Genisys off, calling the franchise finished before the film’s international release. But the reason Terminator: Genisys is the most important movie of 2015 is because of what it symbolizes: before this film, no movie could fail at the American box office and still considered a financial success. Yet, Genisys has done just that.

So as Terminator: Genisys rakes in the money from China, it has ended the era of dominance of the American box office. No longer is the U.S. the decider of a film’s fate. Terminator is no longer an American franchise, it has (like Skynet) gone global, with the franchise and its star Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoying a renaissance internationally. It’s an interesting new future for Hollywood to ponder. Mark this year, readers, as it was the year the American box office ceased to be king.


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