Transformers 5 Impresses In China But Not In North America

Transformers the Last Knight

With the Transformers movie franchise releasing their fifth film only a few days ago early box office predictions are staggeringly low and will probably disappoint Michael Bay (the director). That trend would continue with the last installment, 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which opened with $100 million (40.8% of its domestic total), with $245.4 million domestic and $1.1 billion worldwide, thanks to a whopping $320 million from China alone. Although the film lost no Middle Kingdom screens between Saturday and Sunday, the drop was bigger than we've recently seen - and daily growth was also soft in other hubs contrary to typical patterns on a movie that was teed up for overseas, and China in particular. It seems unlikely that the momentum is there, but there's clearly more than meets the eye to "The Last Knight".

Perhaps Paramount should rethink their Transformers writers room, which churned out ideas for Michael Bay's fifth and final movie with Transformers: The Last Knight. Yeager teams up with beloved Autobot BumbleBee and Anthony Hopkins' Sir Edmund Burton, an old English historian who knows about the history of Transformers on Earth, which they will need to explore if they are to find peace.

The first four installments of Transformers series had collectively grossed $1.3 billion at the domestic box office and $3.5 billion from Worldwide box office. Together, the team works together to save the world.

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Reviews were generally terrible, although the New York Times critic Neil Genzlinger praised Anthony Hopkins's performance, and audience members gave the film an exit score of B+ in CinemaScore exit polls.

You can view this weekend's full box office results below.

"We're thrilled by this opening", said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features' distribution president. Paramount is looking to use The Last Knight as a springboard for various spinoffs and sequels, so they need this film to do solid business over the course of its run. Also opening in limited release is Lionsgate's The Big Sick, which opened strong with $435,000 from just five theaters for a $87,000 per-screen average. But North American moviegoers have shown less enthusiasm for this summer's crop of big-budget movies, many of which have had poor reviews. At US$652.9 million globally, Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing film directed by a woman, not accounting for inflation.

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(Tie) "Cars 3", $25.2 million ($11.9 million international).

Countries like China, India and South America have driven the majority of box office revenue for the "Transformers" franchise since the first film was released in 2007.

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