Despite its franchise-low opening, the fifth film in the “Transformers” saga is expected to easily win the first official weekend of summer 2017, while “Wonder Woman” and “Cars 3” will be in a tight race for second place.
“Transformers 5” had already pulled in $23.7 million from Wednesday and Thursday showings going into the weekend, but Michael Bay can now add another $13.8 million from 4,069 theaters to his total. This brings the Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and Stanley Tucci vehicle from Paramount to just over $40 million so far, with an expected $64 million domestic cume by Sunday’s end for the 5-day.
“Wonder Woman” continues to prove impenetrable as Patty Jenkins’ DC Comics adaptation lassoed another $7.35 million on Friday from 3,933 theaters, with just under $27 million expected for the weekend. That means in just four weeks, Gal Gadot and Chris Pine’s Warner Bros. superhero property has already amassed over $300.5 million domestically.
However, Disney-Pixar could provide a slight upset in the form of “Cars 3.” The third film in the Owen Wilson-led trilogy is also on track for a $27 million weekend in its second frame after pulling in $7.7 million from 4,256 locations on Friday.
Trailing behind are “47 Meters Down” and “All Eyez on Me” as they fight for the No. 4 spot this week. Coincidentally, both films were available on 2,471 screens last night, each taking in an additional $2 million. The Mandy Moore horror from Entertainment Studios is expected to finish just slightly above Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s Tupac biopic for Lionsgate. “47” is aiming for $7 million by weekend’s end, while “Eyez” will have to settle for fifth place at $6 million.
Elsewhere, “The Big Sick” from director Michael Showalter and husband-wife writing team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon had a very respectable New York and Los Angeles debut. Despite only showing in five theaters Friday night, the Lionsgate and Amazon Studios rom-com took in just shy of $150,000. While the Sundance Film Festival comedy could potentially hit $500,000 by the end of the weekend, estimates place it closer to the $425,000 mark.
Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” went a step further, only opening in four theaters on Friday. The Cannes favorite starring Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Nicole Kidman from Focus Features scared up $90,000 in NYC and L.A. “The Beguiled” is on course for a $250,000 opening weekend before its even wider release to 500 theaters this time next week.
“Transformers: The Last Knight” was the only new entry in the top 10 this week. “The Mummy,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” “Rough Night,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” round out the top 10.