Transformers Top[s Box Office But Ultimately Disappoints


The fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise took in US$45.3 million in its opening weekend but opened to a franchise low - the first Transformers movie not to premier to US$100 million or more.

"The Last Knight", which Paramount says cost about 217 million US dollars to make before a major marketing spend, remains the lowest grossing opening in North America for the "Transformers" series through five films.

Two years later in 2011, the next Transformers movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, slipped just a bit, at least domestically, opening with $97.8 million (27.8% of domestic total) en route to $352.3 million domestically but a whopping $1.1 billion worldwide, thanks to the emergence of China as a global box office powerhouse. The movie has performed much better in global markets, earning $196.2 million, for a worldwide total of $265.2 million, from a $217 million budget.

Wonder Woman holds film at number 2 this week with $25 million, in fact Cars 3 is claiming the exact same weekend taking so there could be a rare case of a 2 and 3 place tie. In four weeks, it has surpassed $300 million domestically.

Coming in fourth is 47 Meters Down with $7.4 million in its second weekend. The film, which opened in limited release, has brought in an estimated $435,000 from five locations with a per-screen average of $87,000.

As for Wonder Woman, this week's figures prove to be another impressive feat for DC's latest big-screen superhero.

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"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", $3 million.

The Mummy continued to fade away quickly, down 60% in its third weekend to $5.8 million.

As you can see, a low opening doesn't account for much these days. Pirates of the Caribbean is in the same boat as Transformers, with just about $160 million at the box office.

The latest take on the series centers on an alliance between Bumblebee, Cade Yeager ― who Mark Wahlberg also played in 2014′s "Age of Extinction" ― and roles played by franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock. To round out the top five, Germany should report $4.7 million in earnings from 611 theaters.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is the #9 film with $4.2 million. Some consider this to be a clear signal for a reboot, but foreign numbers are looking a lot better: the film has racked up $196 million so far in China and other territories.

"Despicable Me 3", $7.2 million.