'Transformers: The Last Knight' debuts to a franchise low

'Transformers: The Last Knight' debuts to a franchise low

When factored into its five-day debut, "The Last Knight" grossed a franchise low of $69 million.

Marketing this film was a nightmare for Paramount's team, who were forced to try and sell a film via promos in which the only apparent distinguishing features from the previous movies were Optimus Prime being teased as a villain and some nebulously-explained connections between the Transformers and Arthurian knights.

The "Transformers" franchise has never had a certified fresh film on Rotten Tomatoes despite the fact the series has managed more than $3.8 billion over 10 years. The Last Knight took in $196.2 million from 41 markets, which is on par with Transformers: Age of Extinction, with China, Indonesia, Ukraine and Turkey all having the biggest ever openings in the Transformers franchise.

And on the surface, The Last Knight's box office numbers didn't disappoint: RMB 813 million* ($118.9 million) was a 29% increase over Age of Extinction's debut from 2014 and nearly double The Last Knight's franchise-low North American opening. Russian Federation should post $8.9 million in earnings from 1,251 spots. Upcoming markets for the film include France (June 28), Brazil (July 20), Mexico (July 21), Japan (August 4) and Spain (August 4).

The action film starring Gal Gadot has made a total of $318.3 million in domestic ticket sales in four weeks, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations. While the latest "Transformers" movie has been advertised as "the final chapter" and Bay's last go-around, the franchise will continue - Paramount has at least two more movies slated, including a spinoff that could star Hailee Steinfeld. At the same time, Age of Extinction became the first film in the franchise to cross the billion mark globally after earning $858.6 million overseas, including $320 million in China.

But after China debuted bigger than some had expected, it began to look like T5 was moving across the $200M mark overseas to defy expectations. Third place belonged to seaborne thriller 47 Meters Down. So as long as there's money to be made against a production budget of $241 million, Paramount will release these movies.

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Disney Pixar's Cars 3 earned another $25.2 million and has grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office. Almost a month after opening, "Wonder Woman" continues to be a major draw.

As for Wonder Woman, this week's figures prove to be another impressive feat for DC's latest big-screen superhero.

In sixth is The Mummy with $5.8 million.

(Tie) "Cars 3", $25.2 million ($11.9 million international). That's a great start for the $217 million tentpole.

"All Eyez On Me", $5.9 million ($1.1 million international). It will be the first Transformers movie to possibly gross less than $200 million in North America.

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