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Transformers: The Last Knight displaces Wonder Woman atop UK box office

Transformers: The Last Knight

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight has ended Wonder Woman‘s reign at the top of the UK box office.

The fifth film in the franchise comfortably took first place with £4.64m, including £734,000 in previews – almost as much as the weekend box office for the rest of the top 10 put together.

However, while the top spot is good news for Paramount, The Last Knight struggled by comparison with previous Transformers instalments.

The fourth film, Age of Extinction, opened with a towering £11.75m – a number boosted by six days of previews, which contributed £8.04m.

But before that, Dark of the Moon (2011) began with £6.5m (£10.73m including previews), Revenge of the Fallen (2009) took £8.35m and the original Transformers (2007) hit £4.9m (£7.26m including previews).

The Last Knight‘s figure was only the 14 best opening of the year, with films including Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Wonder Woman among those to have enjoyed better starts.

Elsewhere at the UK box office, the top five was dominated by blockbusters, with Wonder Woman slipping to second, The Mummy in third, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge holding anchor at fourth and Baywatch at five.

That left the NW3-set romantic-drama Hampstead to place sixth, with £454,000 from 485 cinemas.

The film finds Diane Keaton playing a kooky charity shop volunteer and Brendan Gleeson as a homeless man occupying a shack on the edge of Hampstead Heath, who combine for a late-blossoming love story.

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