"It's probably fair to say that Terminator: Genisys didn't land in quite the way its makers would have liked. Reviews for the meandering time-travel reboot weren't exactly glowing, and in the US, its box office take amounted to a meagre $89m - considerably low than Terminator Salvation's disappointing home soil take of $125m.
While that figure doesn't make as grim reading as Fantastic Four's American haul so far - it's made a gloomy $49.6m - it's hardly stellar given the hopes that Genisys would mark a new beginning for the 31-year-old Terminator franchise.
There's a possibility, however, that the series may have found its salvation in China.
Box office reports over the weekend (including this one over at Variety) have revealed that Terminator: Genisys has just enjoyed the fourth biggest opening day in China. The movie made its debut at 25,000 locations across the country on Sunday, and managed to rake in $27.4m. When you consider that Genisys made a shade less than that on its US opening weekend, it becomes more clear just how impressive the movie's far east haul actually is.
Genisys' global total now stands at just over $335m, which might beg the question: does this mean that the planned trilogy of Terminator films will still happen? It certainly won't be the first time a movie's international reception has managed to prompt talk of a sequel. The very expensive Pacific Rim made $101.8 m domestically, but its foreign gross pushed the film's worldwide take to a much healthier $411m. As a result, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is now being readied for release in the summer of 2017.
In July, the Hollywood Reporter ran a quote from a studio source, who said, "We will definitely need to see the holds globally to confirm that people like the film," when asked about the chances of a sequel to Terminator: Genisys. Its reception in China may have pushed that sequel just a little closer to getting a green light."
When asked if he's heard anything about the status of a fourth film in the Expendables franchise, he replied that he has no idea if it is still in the works.
Well here's hoping they do make another and the series returns to the heights that the first two managed to achieve.
Jackie Chan has been an international star for nearly 40 years and during that time he has built up several strong franchises. If the “Rush Hour” movies are his “Lethal Weapon” series than the “Police Story” must be his “Die Hard”, and never more so than in his latest franchise entry. The fifth in the popular series, though like the previous entry “New Police Story” (2004) there is nothing that connects it to the previous “Police Story” trilogy (1985-1992) which commutated with “Supercop” (1996), except perhaps that each movie in the series shows Chan progress as an action star and an actor.
In “Police Story: Lockdown” (also known as Police Story 2013) Chan plays a veteran police officer, older, burnt out, an alcoholic and a widower. Chan has never been a superhero action star, but of late he has gravitated towards flawed men akin to the classic film noir organists out of the past. Those looking for yuks in the tradition of the earlier “Police Story” movies or most other Chan vehicles are in for a surprise. Chan also gets a chance to illustrate his growing ability as a dramatic actor.
“Police Story: Lockdown” finds Chan’s Captain Wen at a popular nightclub where his estranged daughter, Miao Miao (Tian Jing) works. She wants him to met her boyfriend, Wu Jiang (Ye Liu), who she knows her father will not approve of. Things go even further when Wu Jing takes father and daughter hostage as well as the rest of the clubs patients. For a long time it isn’t clear what Wu Jing wants, but Wen finds himself tested not only as a cop, but also as a father.
The “Die Hard” comparisons may be greater than one might initially suspect. Sure, the terrorists and hostages scenario are obvious, but the original “Die Hard” was based on a Roderick Thorp novel. In the novel, titled “Nothing Lasts Forever”, the protagonist is a cop caught up in a hostage situation while attending a party at his daughter’s place of work. Of course, it was transformed into a vehicle for the 30’s-ish Bruce Willis, but it is interesting to note a connection bringing “Police Story: Lockdown” closer to the source material of the beloved “Die Hard”.
Lastly, our good friend Eoin over at The Action Elite asked us to share this petition to have Scott Adkins star in the raid remake. Right now the film appears to be on hold, but if it does resume production then they'll need talent like Adkins if they want to come close to matching it's Indonesian counterpart in terms of martial arts intensity.
Here's the link to view and sign the petition!