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MWB Repost: "Terminator: Genisys's" Huge Opening in China Guarantees Sequels

Terminator: Genisys

I write about "Terminator: Genisys" my latest article on (apparently, it scored one of the biggest single day openings of all time in China):

When “Terminator: Genisys” disappointed at the domestic box office, opening to a ho-hum $27M a few months ago and looking to finish its run in the low $90M range, there were reports that this was the end of the line for the franchise, and Paramount might have to abandon its plans for two more sequels.

But first, the studio must wait until the dust settles overseas. At the time, “Terminator: Genisys” was doing respectable business there. With a budget of $155M, it had pulled in more than twice that worldwide ($320M), which was not bad. “Pacific Rim,” another expensive sci-fi actioner that underperformed domestically is going ahead with a sequel after it made twice its budget worldwide. It’s a borderline case.

What Paramount was really waiting to see was how it would do in China, the world’s second largest film market.

The studio got what it was waiting for: “Terminator: Genisys” opened on Sunday in China with an explosive single day gross of $27M, that’s what it did here in the States for its entire three day weekend.

As of today, after three days in release, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film has amassed a gaudy $46M. What’s even more impressive about this three day total is that two of those are weekdays. This pushes “Terminator: Genisys’s” worldwide total to $373M.

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