Evolution of the Terminator Franchise

This year marks the 30th year of the original film The Terminator. It’s crazy that something that’s still┬ápopular today was first released 30 years ago, it doesn’t feel like it would be that long! Presto has released a handy resource for us to learn more about the Terminator franchise.

The original film in 1984 was directed by James Cameron and brought $78 million in the box office. This original action film was the beginning of a huge franchise. One that produced four films, 26 video games, 100 comics, and a TV series.

It wasn’t until 1991 that the second hit came out, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Also directed by James Cameron, this film brought $519 million in the box office. In this film, Arnold and his co-star, Linda Hamilton, work together to defeat a new super terminator, the T-1000. Terminator 2 won four Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines came out in 2003. This one was directed by Jonathon Mostow and brought $433 million in the box office. In this film, predictions of the Judgement Day finally come true. And of course, the anti-hero is the first terminatrix, T-X.

Next came a TV series called the Sarah Connor Chronicles. It takes place after Terminator 2 and follows the lives of Sarah and John Connor. It was a very highly rated show, but only lasted 2 seasons.

There’s more to see, read on in the infographic below.