Transformers wins the box office, but suffers franchise-low opening

The New 'Transformers' Movie Is Copping Some Savage Reviews

Paramount is hoping for a similar performance from The Last Knight, which will need to do big business overseas to make up its estimated $217 million budget plus marketing.

It was no surprise that Paramount's "Transformers: The Last Knight" opened in the top spot at the box office, but this was the lowest opening the franchise has seen.

So far the fifth Transformers movie has hauled in $196.2 million internationally, bumping up its global total to $265.3 million.

While The Last Knight 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 spin-off that could star Hailee Steinfeld. 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.

By contrast, the most recent installment, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" took $100 million on its debut. Together, the team works together to save the world. However, the film series seems to be getting stale with domestic audiences.

You can view this weekend's full box office results below. It opened in five cinemas, grossing an average of US$87,000 each.

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"We're thrilled by this opening", said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features' distribution president.

Launching in 41 offshore markets, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight opened to $196.2M at the worldwide box office.

Meanwhile, two indie releases performed impressively in limited releases: the Kumail Nanjiani romantic comedy The Big Sick took in US$435,000 in five theatres, while Sofia Coppola's historical drama The Beguiled earned US$240,545 in just four.

Now fickle local audiences, incredibly quick to turn their backs on once-popular franchises and increasingly skeptical of Hollywood pandering and non-sensical plot lines, appear to have joined North American audiences in their disdain for Bay's bombastic blockbusters and that ill-will will likely carry over to future Transformers sequels.

"Warner Bros. and Patty Jenkins" "Wonder Woman" had another record-setting weekend as it grabbed the title of top-grossing live-action film directed by a woman. Pictures'Wonder Woman and Disney•Pixar's Cars 3 reported estimates of $25.2 million for the weekend (view full box office estimates here).

Early weekend reports from the box office indicate that even though Transformers: The Last Knight topped all other films, it did so with weak returns and a disappointing turnout.

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