Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (commonly abbreviated as T3) is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. It is the third installment of the Terminator series, following Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the first to not involve franchise creator James Cameron, who directed and wrote the two first installments. The plot follows the events of the second installment. After Skynet fails to kill Sarah Connor before her son is born and to kill John himself as a child, it sends back another Terminator, the T-X, in an attempt to wipe out as many Resistance officers as possible. This includes John's future wife, but not John himself as his whereabouts are unknown to Skynet. John's life is placed in danger when the T-X accidentally finds him. In contrast to the critical acclaim of its two predecessors, the film was only moderately well received by critics, while it was a box office success, grossed less than the previous film.