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Transformers: The Last Knight posts series low $69.1 million on US debut

Transformers: The Last Knight

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight grossed a franchise low $69.1 million during its five-day debut at the US box office, including a Friday-Sunday take of $45.3 million.

The fifth film in the Paramount franchise is intended to kick-start a broader universe that could include spin-off movies (three more films have already been announced, including a Bumblebee stand-alone). But the low opening could place those plans in doubt, especially since the film cost $217 million to make before a major marketing spend.

Its hopes lie overseas, where The Last Knight is prospering. The film earned $196.2 million from its first 40 markets, including $123.4 million from China alone. That takes its global start to a much better sounding $265.3 million.

Overall, the movie’s performance continues the trend set by Age of Extinction, which did far more business internationally, becoming the first Transformers film to clear $1 billion world-wide upon grossing $858.6 million overseas, compared to a US total of $245.4 million.

Commenting on The Last Knight‘s figures, Paramount president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan said: “The movie was conceived of for a global audience and it performed for a global audience. You aren’t making the movie with just the US in mind.”

Elsewhere at the US box office, Warner Bros. and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman continued to set records in its fourth weekend, becoming the top-grossing live-action film directed by a woman.

The DC superhero film earned an impressive $25.2 million to cross $300 million in the US, while globally the Gal Gadot-star vehicle has now amassed $652.9 million.

What’s more, Sunday estimates show Wonder Woman is tying with Disney and Pixar’s Cars 3 for second place for a photo finish that will be determined on Monday, once all the figures are in.

Cars 3 currently boasts an early worldwide total of $141.3 million. But it fell 53% in its second week of release in the US, a relatively steep decline for an animated event film. Its opening figure was also a franchise low.

Lying in fourth place in the US is indie shark movie 47 Meters Down, which took $7.4 million, while Tupac documentary All Eyez on Me and Tom Cruise blockbuster The Mummy were in a close race for fifth spot with roughly $5.8 million each.

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