Transformers: The Last Knight has touched down in a prime position.
The latest movie in the franchise brought in an estimated $45.3 million in its opening weekend. While this was enough to come out on top, it doesn’t bode well for the aging space robot-based series of films. This marks the lowest domestic opening of a Transformers movie yet, debuting with at least a full $50 million less than previous releases Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($109 million), Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($97.9 million), and Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100 million). Even the movie that kicked off the Autobots’ live-action stint on the big screen, Transformers, earned $70.5 million its opening weekend.
And neither fans nor critics seem particularly enthused by the latest movie (which will be followed by two more in 2018 and 2019). Last Knight earned a B+ on CinemaScore, the only film in the series apart from 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen to not earn an A or A-, which usually signifies not only whether a film is popular with moviegoers, but also if it has staying power in the box office top 10. (Dark of the Moon scored the rare A and went on to make $1.1 billion worldwide.)
Nonetheless, Last Knight has performed quite well overseas, bringing in $196 million, which is more than double the film’s cumulative domestic haul so far ($69.1 million). However, compared to previous Transformers films’ international earnings, the fifth film is still a long way behind 2014’s Age of Extinction and 2011’s Dark of the Moon, which both went on to earn $858 million and $771 million, respectively, during the course of their international runs. (Age of Extinction also crossed the $1 billion mark.)
The movie sees Mark Wahlberg return as inventor Cade Yeager in a world where humans are warring against the titular robots — and Optimus Prime is gone. 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.
A little lower in the top 10 are Cars 3 and Wonder Woman, tied for second place with estimated earnings of $25.2 million each. This tracks well for the latest Pixar film, which has now earned an estimated $99 million so far. While not bringing in the same opening numbers as predecessors Cars ($60 million by its second week) and Cars 2 ($66 million by its second week), its week 2 has only seen a 53.1 percent decrease in domestic earnings, which is much better than Cars 2‘s 60.3 percent decline. Worldwide, Cars 3 has brought in $141 million but is yet to open in many key foreign markets, including China.
As for Wonder Woman, this week’s figures prove to be another impressive feat for DC’s latest big-screen superhero. The Patty Jenkins-directed movie sees a 39 percent drop in what is its fourth weekend at the box office and has become the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman thanks to its domestic earning of $318 million and worldwide total of $652.9 million. The film has now tied Iron Man‘s domestic total ($318 million) and is on track to take on fellow DCEU films Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.4 million) and Suicide Squad ($325 million) despite having had a smaller opening figure than either film. So far the movie, which stars Gal Gadot as the iconic DC superhero, has already out-earned Man of Steel‘s entire run and Iron Man‘s total worldwide earnings ($585 million).
In third and fourth place in the top five are shark-infested Mandy Moore movie 47 Meters Down and Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me. The former brought in an estimated $7.4 million for a domestic haul of $24.3 million, while the latter saw a sharp 77.9 percent drop for an estimated earning of only $5.9 million. This brings the film’s domestic total to $38.6 million.
At No. 5 is The Mummy, which sees a steep 59.8 percent drop in the domestic box office for an estimated earning of $5.8 million in its third week out. This brings the movie’s domestic haul to $68.5 million. However, the Tom Cruise movie continues to do well overseas, where it’s earned a total of $273.6 million for a cumulative worldwide earning of $342 million. The recent reboot of the fan-favorite 1997 film of the same name sees Cruise play Nick Morton, an archeological thief who steals ancient artifacts from sites of historical value and sells them to the highest bidder. When he accidentally comes across Ahmanet, a buried Egyptian princess, he must try and prevent her rage-filled rampage from destroying London.
Outside the top 10 is recent release (and Sundance favorite) The Big Sick, starring Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the script with his real-life wife Emily V. Gordon. It follows a Pakistani comedian who falls in love with Emily, an American graduate student (Ruby Sparks‘ Zoe Kazan), but is worried about how his more traditional Muslim parents will react. When Emily falls ill and goes into a coma, Kumail begins to get to know and bond with her distraught parents (Ray Romano, Holly Hunter). 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. It has the largest per-screen average of any film opening on more than one screen this year.
Another limited release that, like The Big Sick, is being considered as a potential contender come award season is The Beguiled. The Sofia Coppola-directed film (which is based on the 1971 novel of the same name) opened earned an estimated $240,545 from four locations for a per-screen average of $60,138. The film’s impressive cast includes Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.
Per ComScore, overall box office is up 27.6 percent in the same frame from last year. Check out the June 23-25 box office figures below.
1 – Transformers: Last Knight – $45.3 million
2 – Cars 3 – $25.2 million
2 – Wonder Woman – $25.2 million
3 – 47 Meters Down – $7.43 million
4 – All Eyez On Me – $5.85 million
5 – The Mummy – $5.83 million
6 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $5.24 million
7 – Rough Night – $4.7 million
8 – Captain Underpants – $4.28 million
9 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $3 million
10 – Beatriz At Dinner – $1.8 million