‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Eyes Clunky $62 Million 5-Day Opening

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT
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Paramount and Hasbro’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” is heading for a respectable but unspectacular $62 million opening over its first five days at 4,069 North American locations, early estimates showed Wednesday.

“Transformers: The Last Knight,” starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Michael Bay, took in $5.5 million in Tuesday night previews at about 3,000 locations. The preview number of $5.5 million is a match for the Thursday night previews from May 26 on Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

The first day gross, which includes the previews, was estimated in the $14 million to $15 million range, which projects to a range of $60 million to $62 million for the Wednesday-Sunday period.

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The four previous “Transformers” installments — all directed by Bay — have grossed $3.77 billion worldwide, including $1 billion for the most recent “Transformers: Age of Extinction” in 2014.

The first-day estimate leaves “The Last Knight” more than 10% down from recent forecasts of $70 million during its five-day domestic opening — far lower than the $100 million debut for “Age of Extinction” during the three-day launch period of June 27-29, 2014, which took in $41.9 million in its first day. The reported production budget for this latest installment was $217 million.

Warner Bros.’ fourth weekend of “Wonder Woman” and Disney-Pixar’s second weekend of “Cars 3” will be contending for second place this weekend. “Cars 3” won last weekend with $53.7 million over “Wonder Woman” with $41.3 million.

“Wonder Woman” has continued to salvage the summer box office, which has otherwise underperformed aside from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The tentpole took in $5.3 million on Tuesday, lifting its 19-day domestic total to a stellar $285 million.

Aside from Wahlberg, “The Last Knight” cast also includes Stanley Tucci reprising his role from “Age of Extinction,” alongside Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro from the first three movies. Newcomers include Isabela Moner, who portrays a street kid who’s wise beyond her years, and Anthony Hopkins is in the key role of Sir Edmund Burton, an astronomer and historian who lives with several Transformers on an estate in the British countryside.

Reviewers have not been impressed with “Transformers: The Last Knight,” which has a 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes. “The Last Knight” will open in 42 international markets on Friday, which represent 80% of the film’s foreign footprint, including China, the U.K., Russia, and Korea.

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  1. Carycomic says:

    Actually, Stanley Tucci is _not_ reprising his TAOE role. In TTLK, he is, in fact, playing Merlin the Wizard (of Arthurian fame).

  2. John says:

    “Wonder Woman” could easily last another month, it just seems to take life of its own at the boxoffice.

  3. Ron B says:

    I’m not defending “Transformers: The Last Knight” at all. I think Michael Bay needs to put story first over special effects – just once.

    However, the majority of movie critics are losers. I’m talking about the ones who criticize filmmakers for a living. They’re a cancer to all artists. They’re a cancer to the film industry. And they’re a cancer to future films being made.

    Someone has to draw the line. You have weirdos like critics at the AV Club who pillage films like a sport. Let me be clear: NONE OF THESE CRITICS HAVE EVER WRITTEN, DIRECTED, or PRODUCED A FILM IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES. They’re simply losers who wish they could be filmmakers.

    Again, not defending “Transformers: The Last Knight”.

    I’m just saying these critics, who maliciously attack films the public see, think they’re better than us. They’re usually ugly-looking, talent-less, mum-chucks who are always maxing out of their credit cards. Why? Because you can’t make a living watching movies and bashing them. If you think I’m wrong, what mother tells their children to someday grow up and become a movie critic, right? THEY’RE TOTAL AND COMPLETE LOSERS. IGNORE THEM.

    See the films yourselves and don’t be swayed by this cabal of very mean-spirited critics who are in essence just insecure bullies who wish they could direct. They will die and their gravestones will read: “I was a movie critic. And I’m really better than all the directors in the world. I really am. Please remember me. Please.”

    • Michael M. says:

      My takeaway from Ron B’s rant is that he always wanted to be a film critic but was told that his writing sucked and his opinions sucked, and now he’s lashing out like a petulant child.

    • Lucky says:

      Michael Bay is that you?

    • Rational Guy says:

      On the basis of this comment, I think you’re the most ignorant, deluded, blind fool I’ve yet come across on the internet, and that really is saying something.

      • Cedric Tan says:

        you realize most critics like everything.

      • WhyNotV2 says:

        I actually sort of agree with Ron. If you are interested in a movie, go see it regardless of what the “critics” say. They don’t know your tastes, what bothers you, etc. Personally, I go to the Transformers movies with very low expectations and simply want to watch giant robots beat the crap out of each other on a huge screen. I save the more cerebral things for the books I choose to read.

  4. techaman says:

    Asides the fact that nobody even knew the movie was out on Monday night Tuesday Wednesday Thursday people don’t know these movies release early now everybody in that’s not in the movie world are on movie buffs think movies only come out on Friday so trying to predict the income of a movie 3 days before it’s actually supposed to be released the kind of stretching the limits right there

    • Rich says:

      Good point! I saw it yesterday and it was long but fun to watch. I really enjoyed it but yeah I didn’t even know it was out all those days. Why didn’t they just stick to Thursday Friday as usual??

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