Box Office: ‘Transformers 5’ Stumbles With $8.1 Million Thursday

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT
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Transformers: The Last Knight” is looking very creaky as it lumbers towards its opening weekend.

The fifth film in the robots series picked up $8.1 million on Thursday, bringing its domestic gross to $23.7 million after two days of release. At this pace, “Transformers: The Last Knight” will just top $60 million in the the first five days of its release. That’s a dramatic slide from the $100 million that the most recent installment, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” racked up over its first three days of release when it hit theaters in 2014.

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It’s also a sign that the long-running franchise, which kicked off a decade ago, may be showing its age. It joins the likes of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Alien: Covenant” in the ranks of film series that are running out of steam this summer.

Like the previous films, this “Transformers” is directed by Michael Bay. It brings back “Age of Extinction” star Mark Wahlberg and pairs him with Anthony Hopkins. “The Last Knight” pits humans versus robots, with Wahlberg and Hopkins searching the Transformers’ secret history for clues to save the world. This being a Bay film, there’s a healthy amount of visual bombast.

The muted response is bad news for Paramount. The studio could use a hit after suffering a string of bombs such as “Ghost in the Shell” and “Baywatch.”

With domestic audiences cooling on the film, “The Last Knight” will lean heavily on foreign crowds. To that end, the film opens in 41 international markets beginning Friday. They include such heavy-hitting territories as China, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, Germany, and Korea.

All those action didn’t come cheap. The film carries a hefty $217 million price tag.

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  1. Rom says:

    It will be a massive hit in China given their newly acquired appetite for junk food and the like, e.g. KFC, McDonald’s, Michael Bay movies, etc.

  2. xyz says:

    imho- if the reviews are bad, and Micheal Bay didn’t care about making a quality product; if he insults the intelligence of his audience THEN JUST DON’T WATCH IT! Don’t give the sorry excuse for a movie your time or money!
    That’s the only way a message will be sent.

  3. loco73 says:

    $217 million dollars for this?!?! Imagine how many modestly budgeted movies could have been made from the budget of this single one! Movies that could have perhaps covered several genres, subject matter, topics etc.

    Maybe if these franchises run out of steam, studios will be forced to spend their money differently. Though I doubt it.

  4. newtemplar says:

    Looks pretty dull, but not a surprise if it does well in China. If you’ve ever seen Chinese television, it’s like going back in time, with corny variety shows and night-time soap operas, Chinese style, where there’s usually a workplace romance, conflict, crying, and mom works it all out in the end over dinner. It’s true! With that in mind, there’s a large market for Western action pictures along with some really good films from Shanghai as well.

    • That's What She says:

      China, as well as most of the world, are enjoying an influx of middle income wealth for the first time in a century. This is their 80s Blockbuster Age, with America well past that prime. Pretty soon, you’ll have Transformers, MMO orcs, pirates, lifeguards, and dinosaurs affluent in Mandarin.

  5. Jimmy says:

    The film made 85 million internationally on Friday alone. This movie has made 67% more money in China than the previous movie. This movie will be a billion dollar plus film globally. Just another movie that studios aren’t marketing domestically. This seems to be a common trend domestically. Paramount in particular seems to dump every movie they make. Why make a movie if you aren’t going to market it properly. I don’t think they have the money to market. Star Trek Beyond, Ghost in Shell, etc.

    • Man1985 says:

      IT made $65 million overseas in one day.

      If you ask me they marketed the movie just right. The US audience for this franchise has been dwindling since part 2

  6. LOL says:

    It looks rusty, America.

  7. isv says:

    did a good movie, not bullshit like the last jedi or alien covenant

    • Jacen says:

      Well, considering that Last Jedi is not out yet, you therefore could not have seen it nor could you have any valid comment on it. There there is your abysmal English…

  8. John says:

    walked out of the movie after about an hour.

    • ANON says:

      I don’t get why people will do that even if it’s bad unless you got your money back.

      • That's What She says:

        It’s class action lawsuit time! BWEE BWEE BWEE BWEEEUUUUUU!

      • Tim says:

        I get walking out. You have already lost your money. If you are bored or offended, why waste more of your precious time? How is continuing to sit in a movie that is annoying or boring you making it worth the money you spent?

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