Politics don't really sway box office that much.
It's the concept and what appeal it has for its time. Terminator as a franchise is very old to a person who's 16 today, they have no frame of reference for it other than a shitty Terminator Genisys.
For 80s/90s "people" who can't understand this concept, did you give a shit about everything from the 50s/60s when you were 12? Probably not. Time moves on.
Rambo? Old as fuck.
Charlie's Angels? Even the freaking Drew Barrymore version is OLD nowadays and was out of gas with the sequel that flopped in the 2000s (Full Throttle), let alone the ancient 1970s original. Kids have no clue who the fuck Drew Barrymore is, let alone Farrah Fawcett (RIP).
Movie tickets are expensive, no one wants to spend $15 a ticket + $7 for a popcorn to watch this old ass stuff that really doesn't have anything new or interesting going on. You basically have a small handful of IP that work -- comic book movies, Star Wars, Fast & Furious (which is actually the "retro" film IP now to kids, 2001 when the first one came out is their 1977 Star Wars, lol), horror movies, The Rock, Disney nostalgia, CGI kids movies, and very, very little else is viable. These 80s/90s franchise remakes like Terminator, Independence Day, Robocop, Alien Covenant, Rambo, are all flopping.
Even comedies as a genre are fizzling out. People don't want to spend $15 to see that in a theater. There's basically only one bankable real movie star left and that's Leonardo DiCaprio
Last edited by Soundwave - on 26 November 2019