Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee in Transformers: The Last Knight

It's no secret that the Transformers movies aren't critical darlings. While the first movie was received decently, the latter entries all earned mostly negative reviews from critics, while audience reception has been mixed. The reason this series is still going on is because it's a commercial powerhouse, and you'd think that Transformers: The Last Knight, which is now playing in theaters, would follow the same path. However, the numbers have been crunched following Tuesday night and Wednesday screenings, and the latest feature starring the robots in disguise only made a little over $15 million domestically, the lowest opening in the franchise's history.

Including the $5.5 million gathered during previews, Transformers: The Last Knight ended Wednesday in the U.S. with only $15.65 million. For comparison in approximately that same amount of time, 2007's Transformers collected 36.6 million, 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $62 million, 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon $43.2 million and 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction $41.8 million. Deadline reports that Transformers: The Last Knight is still expected to end its five-day run somewhere in the mid-$60 million range, but still, this isn't a great start considering past performances.

These numbers certainly don't bode well for Transformers: The Last Knight, but for the hardcore Transformers fans out there who are worried the movie's chances of financial success are shot, not to worry. This series has performed best internationally, and while the fifth Transformers entry opened in select countries, like South Korea and the Philippines, at the same time has the U.S. received it, it's opening in many other countries either today or tomorrow. Once those international box office reports start flowing in, then we'll have a better idea of whether Transformers: The Last Knight will still underperform or do just as well, if not better, than its predecessors. To give you an idea of just how popular these movies are overseas, of the $1.1 billion Transformers: Age of Extinction grossed globally, $858 million of that came internationally.

While we'll have to wait and see how Transformers: The Last Knight ultimately performs commercially around the world, critically the movie currently ranks at 16% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience score rests at 64%. Regardless of how this all turns out, Paramount Pictures still has more Transformers movies slated for the coming years. A Bumblebee spinoff hits theaters on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 will roll out on June 28, 2019.

Whether you've already seen Transformers: The Last Knight or are saving it for a weekend viewing, make sure to read our review of the blockbuster. You can also look through our 2017 movie schedule to find a summer feature that will be more to your liking.

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