While it was not strong by “Transformers” franchise standards, “Transformers: The Last Knight” was strong enough to win the U.S. weekend box office. With its non-weekend grosses included, “The Last Knight” thus far boasts a cumulative total of $69.1 million.
Despite North American numbers being low, the franchise is hoping for global success.
Transformers: The Last Knight is unlikely to win new fans to the franchise, hanging spectacular yet soulless special effects-laden calamity on a gossamer-thin quest for an Arthurian artefact.
Speaking to Collider, Mark explained: “I am [contracted for more] but look, I signed on to make these movies with Michael“. “Transformers” cost at least $350 million to make and market worldwide, with the cost shouldered by Paramount and a variety of financing partners, including the Chinese film company Huahua Media.
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. Audiences have earned the film a B+ CinemaScore, while critics have mostly dismissed it – it now holds a 15% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Wonder Woman again had a minimal drop of just 39% its fourth weekend and its total is now up to $318.4 million in North America.
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is battling it out for second with Cars 3 with both films nabbing $25.2 million, although that may change when the final tally comes in on Monday. It will be behind only Transformers and Disney*Pixar’s Cars 3 which is doing well in its second week of release. Overseas, the DC Films adaptation added $20.5 million on 12,600 screens in 65 markets to bring its total to $334.5 million (with $87.5 million coming from China alone). That was enough to bump “The Mummy” off the top-five, a film that only brought-in $5.8M this weekend.
The Beguiled, which debuted in four cinemas, earned $241,000 for a theater average of $60,136.
The Big Sick is another victory for Amazon Studios, following Oscar contender Manchester by the Sea. Paramount said that the movie earned an estimated $265.3 worldwide through Sunday. The Focus Features release, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, is a remake of Don Siegel’s 1972 Civil War-era gothic thriller about a wounded Union soldier taken in by a Southern all-girls school. And at $652.9 million globally, it’s the highest grossing film directed by a woman, not accounting for inflation.