8. Its Reputation As A Quality Series Died 12 Years Ago
It makes sense that producers responsible for the Terminator movies want to keep making sequels. James Cameron's originals, The Terminator and Terminator 2, weren't just financially successful, they were a hit with both critics and audiences, ensuring a longevity that kept fans coming back. With Terminator 3, however, that short quality streak ended. That film, an instantly forgettable cash-in, may not have reached the lows that the franchise would come to wallow in, but it marked the point at which the Terminator films stopped being about quality and started being about making money (even Schwarzenegger didn't want to do T3, until they paid him astronomical sums to reappear). Since then, the Terminator series' reputation has only gotten worse, with the critically-maligned pairing of Salvation and now Genisys. With the gross for these films going down all the time, it seems like the gig is up: audiences know what they're getting with a Terminator movie now, and it isn't something necessarily worth their time and money.
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