Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Transformers The Last Knight Set For Lowest US Opening In The Franchise

Transformers The Last Knight Set For Lowest US Opening In The Franchise

Transformers: The Last Knight won its first box office weekend with an estimated $45.3 million.

But after China debuted bigger than some had expected, it began to look like T5 was moving across the $200M mark overseas to defy expectations. It appears North American audiences are getting sick and exhausted of Michael Bay directing the movies.

Though Transformers: The Last Knight opened to a franchise low domestically at $69.1 million, that doesn't mean it won't approach or break one billion worldwide. Critics have never liked these movies, but now, everyone else seems to be getting exhausted of the giant-robot films, even Bay, who's all but insisted that "Last Knight" will be his last "Transformers" movie. In particular, it was huge in China, where it grossed US$123.4 million - the biggest opening for any Transformers film there.

Transformers: The Last Knight smashed its way to the top of the North American box office, industry estimates showed Sunday, sending last week's hit Cars 3 to second place. Internationally, the film is performing better with $273.6 million and its global total is up to $342.1 million.

DC powerhouse Wonder Woman is still going strong with $25 million in its fourth weekend, landing the female superhero film at $318 million at the domestic box office with several strong weekends to go.

(Tie) "Wonder Woman", $25.2 million ($20.5 million international). Let's see if this Transformers film can produce similar numbers.

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In limited release Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed romantic comedy "The Big Sick" landed the best per-screen average of the year. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen followed in 2009, grossing $108 million over the first five days in domestic release.

Pixar animated threequel Cars 3 is revving up to cross the $100 million mark domestically, coming in third place for its sophomore outing.

Entertainment Studios' shark tale "47 Meters Down" placed fourth with an estimated 7.43 million US dollars in its second weekend.

And while a $200 million opening is nothing to balk at, Paramount is seeing diminishing returns on each Transformers movie.

"Rough Night", $4.7 million ($2 million international). Directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kevin R. McNally, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, Stephen Graham, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush. So far it has racked up $18.9 million, including $7.2 million this weekend. It added 161,894 to its domestic total of 3.56 million views.

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