Instead of towering over the box-office like a sword wielding Optimus Prime, the US receipts for Transformers: The Last Knight were more like that annoying little blue Wall-E style robot, who’s so inconsequential that his name escapes us. The fifth outing in the $4b grossing franchise still took the top spot, but it was a long way off the halcyon days of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which opened to $162.6m back in 2011.
The Last Knight’s $69.1m domestic haul over five days even pales in significance to Age of Extinction’s $100+ opening from 2014. However, much like that movie, The Last Knight has been buoyed by the increasingly significant International box-office, where it kicked off with a staggering $123m at Chinese cinemas.
That figure is included in an international total of $196.2m, with the following territories contributing to the Paramount coffers, who are hoping to see a similar overseas bump to that of The Mummy, in order to recoup on their $217m production budget. Aiding their cause were Korea ($13m), Russia ($8.9m), United Kingdom ($5.7m), Germany ($4.7m), Taiwan ($4.1m), Australia ($3.6m), Philippines ($3.3m), Malaysia ($2.8m), Thailand ($2.8m), Hong Kong ($2.5m), Singapore ($2.2m) and Italy ($1.9m).
As for the unofficial ‘flop’ of summer 2017, The Mummy dropped another 59.8%, for a total just shy of $70m domestic, bringing its worldwide tally to a surprisingly healthy $342m.
That’s a drop that Lionsgate’s Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me would have settled for though, because it fell a whopping 80% in its sophomore frame, proving that the allure of the late rapper can’t compensate for poor word of mouth and average reviews.
Cars 3 moved down the grid with a second weekend take of $25m, putting it in a tie for second with the undisputed box-office champ, Wonder Woman. Not only is Patty Jenkins film the largest grossing movie to be directed by a woman, it has also passed the like-for-like total of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Next week finds three new releases jostling for position; Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the third Despicable Me film, and Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler comedy, The House.
Statistics are courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.
Image: Paramount Pictures