Though Paramount is not done making Transformers movies, it seems audiences have had enough with watching the legendary Hasbro toys on the big screen.
“Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth movie in the franchise, took in a dismal $US69.1 million on over 4,000 screens since it opened last Wednesday, according to Variety.
That’s the lowest opening ever for the franchise.
Whether audiences have had enough with the incessant CGI explosions of director Michael Bay (who has helmed all the movies up to this point) or their long running times with little attention to storyline, “The Last Knight” looks like everyone’s breaking point.
The movie only took in $US15.6 million on its opening day. That’s also the lowest opening day ever for the franchise, which started 10 years ago.
And critics, who have never been kind to Bay or the franchise, really dug into “The Last Knight,” as the movie only got a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s the lowest score for any Transformers movie.
And the franchise still isn’t over. Its spinoff movie focused on fan favourite Bumblebee is coming out next year.
But all wasn’t bad at the movies this weekend. “Wonder Woman” continues to wow audiences. Taking in $US25.2 million over the weekend, the latest release from the DC Comics Extended Universe has now surpassed $US300 million domestically (over $US650 million globally).
Indie titles “The Big Sick” and “The Beguiled” also had some impressive opening weekends.
“The Beguiled,” Sofia Coppola’s latest movie (released by Focus Features), followed up its successful Cannes Film Festival world premiere, in which Coppola won the best director prize, by taking in $US241,000 over the weekend. It had a pre-screen average of $US60,000 at the four screens it played. The movie will open in wide release next week.
But “The Big Sick” was the big winner. Proving Amazon’s $US12 million purchase at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was worth every penny, the movie — which Judd Apatow produced and “Silicon Valley’s” Kumali Nanjiani starred in — had a $US435,000 opening with a $US87,000 per-screen average on the five screens it was released on (Lionsgate handled the film’s theatrical release). That’s the best opening screen average for 2017, beating the $US42,000 by Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
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