Transformers Chugs to No. 1

Transformers the Last Knight

Yes, it’s true that Transformers: The Last Knight was the weekend’s top movie, outdistancing Cars 3, Wonder Woman and every other competitor by a country mile. Still, there are signs that Optimus Prime may be past his.

Transformers: The Last Knight snarled to about a $45.3 million take over the traditional three-day weekend. Add the cash The Last Knight collected since its Wednesday release, and the megamovie’s already earned $69.1 million in North America. Pretty jazzy, right?

Well, hold onto your trypticon there, partner. Sure, $69.1 million sounds like a lot, but it’s the lowest opening in Transformers cinematic history. (Well, unless you count 1986’s cartoon Transformers: The Movie, which squealed to a mere $1.8 million.) Box Office Mojo notes that Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the only other Transformers flick to debut on a Wednesday, and that behemoth earned $162.6 million over five days.

But the Transformers franchise has really become more of an international cash cow than a domestic one. And there, The Last Knight’s doing just fine. It’s already collected $196.2 million overseas—$123.4 million of that from China alone.

So despite the movie’s relatively lackluster start domestically, Paramount Pictures won’t be ratcheting down plans to continue the franchise anytime soon. Indeed, Director Michael Bay says that there are 14 Transformers scripts in the Paramount pipeline.

Um, yay?

According to preliminary figures, the race for No. 2 is an absolute dead heat, with Cars 3 and Wonder Woman both clocking in with an estimated $25.2 million. Whatever the final figures wind up being, Wonder Woman has now earned $318.4 million—and will soon pass Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the DC/Warner Bros.’ superhero universe. (She still has a ways to catch DC’s top dog The Dark Knight, though, which earned $534.9 million back in 2008.)

The shark flick 47 Meters Down floated up a spot, moving from No. 5 to No. 4 and chomping $7.4 million in tasty, tasty cash. The Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me didn’t live up to its name, slipping to fifth with $5.9 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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