James Cameron created a revolutionary sci-fi franchise with his 1984 cult classic The Terminator, but the series has certainly seen its ups and downs over the years. For instance, Terminator Genisys received some of the weakest reviews and the lowest domestic box office (adjusted for inflation) of any film in the series.
As the Terminator films (once again) sit at a crossroads, we look back at the history of the franchise.
5. Terminator Salvation (2009)
The only Terminator film not to feature star Arnold Schwarzenegger (who was serving as California’s governor at the time), Salvation is also the first film to focus its narrative on the post-apocalyptic war between humanity and the machines.
The film was an earnest attempt to take the series into unexplored territory, but it betrayed the time-travel appeal of the original trilogy, delivering a bland, forgettable entry. A post-Dark Knight Christian Bale and Bryce Dallas Howard lend some star power, but ultimately, Bale’s on-set rant is the most interesting part of the film.