Transformers Chugs to No. 1

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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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charitysplace 9 months ago
I think I'll wait for The Greatest Showman. ;)
Alex Clark 9 months ago
I wonder if maybe when Bay says there are 14 transformer movies in the pipeline he means that they are looking at 14 different scripts, and not that they really think they'll be making 14 more sequels.  That would make a lot more sense


bobed 10 months ago

When it comes to the film's Hollywood puts out, Transformers (content-wise) looks like documentary footage of angels from heaven, when compared to many other trashy movies. However, I'm still not interested. 

I would really love if Hollywood put out some big budget, eye-candy sci-fi movies that were Christ-centered and morally-centered, yet still entertaining for everyone. That would be fantastic - I think we can all agree. 

Just imagine if the next Transformers movie gave all the glory to God! Imagine if Michael Bay used his vision to promote morality. Imagine if the hero was a selfless Christian who makes great sacrifices to help others and who openly gives the glory to Christ. Imagine Optimus Prime praying to the true King. Now imagine millions of people around the world paying for a ticket to see it! Such a movie wouldn't need to sacrifice its fantastic robot action to be moral. People would be awestruck at the sights, and be getting a dose of Christ at the same time. They might not even realize they were being evangelized.

Imagine such a world. Alas, it's not meant to be, and it probably never will. But just imagine.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

It probably won't happen, but we can dream big!
bobed 10 months ago
We certainly can! 
Inkfeather1 . 10 months ago
That's a nice idea, but it wouldn't be enough to save Transformers. A story's strengths are in it's characters and plot, and both of those are terrible and boring in this franchise. Even the best of messages is rendered almost useless when surrounded by flat characters and plots with no substance.
bobed 10 months ago
 I'm not talking about the filmmaking quality of the movie. I don't think you're getting my point.
Inkfeather1 . 10 months ago
Actually, my point was that you weren't talking about the film quality. I wasn't disagreeing with you, I just thought that you might be looking at this too simplistically. The message of a movie is only a small part of what makes it good. Today I see too many movies that don't have complex and interesting characters/plots, they just want to make explosions or send a heavy-handed message. Your post sounded to me like you thought a moral message was all that Hollywood needed to be good (and I'm sorry if I misunderstood you on that), but that's only the tip of the iceberg of why their movies are bad. We need better stories, and then those stories can have better morals.
seraph_unsung 10 months ago
If you can handle A LOT of gore, I would highly recommend Hacksaw Ridge, because minus the "science-fiction" aspect (it was based on the actions of Pfc. Desmond Doss) and the "big budget" (the movie was made for about $40 million -- https://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/10/27/movies/hacksaw-ridge-mel-gibson-andrew-garfield.html and was financially successful -- http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=hacksawridge.htm ), the aspect of being "Christ-centered and morally centered" is entirely what runs the film--Doss's central moral conflict is that he must reconcile his pacifistic moral views with the intense wartime environment in which he serves as a medic and eventually saves dozens upon dozens upon dozens of lives.  Doss does visibly pray.  He does endeavor to glorify God, instead of using God as an excuse to hurt or neglect others.  Really, I felt like it was a worthy story of a film, because instead of yelling a message at the audience and expecting them to magically believe it just because the author wanted them to, it demonstrated through its sights why that was such a noble and worthwhile cause.
bobed 10 months ago
Hacksaw Ridge was a good movie, but I can't say I enjoyed it. The brutality and the horror is not for me. I don't enjoy putting things like that into my spirit. 
Anonymous 10 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Um, no. Wonder Woman hasn't made more money than Batman v Superman. Batman v Superman made $330 million in North America, whereas Wonder Woman has so far made $318 million. So while WW hasn't made more money than BvS, it will very soon.

That's good news though! With WW being more successful than BvS, maybe Warner Bros will start taking more inspiration from Richard Donner instead of Christopher Nolan.
AsayPaul 10 months ago
Yep, FCG, you're right. Wonder Woman has made more than Batman v Superman had at this point in both movies' releases, but still has a bit to go. Thanks!