Michael Bay's Transformers movies continue to be titans at the box office - but with each passing film, it seems that status is diminishing on the domestic front. The fourth title in the series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, failed to surpass $250 million before the end of its run in the United States, and now the most recent sequel, Transformers: The Last Knight, has provided the weakest domestic opening weekend for the franchise so far. Here is this weekend's chart!
You'll notice that the total box office for Transformers: The Last Knight is slightly higher than its opening weekend number, and that's because the film actually had its first screenings on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the movie's performance doesn't look a whole lot better even when you factor in that money. The five-plus day total of $69 million is still less than the cash brought in during the first frame of 2007's Transformers movie - which made $70.5 million in three days and was previously ranked as the weakest opener. It's definitely not good news for a franchise that has been working hard behind the scenes to establish a larger Transformers Cinematic Universe.
Of course, there is a reason why we keep specifically referring to a waning domestic performance for the series: Transformers films are still hitting like gangbusters overseas. As reported on Friday, Transformers: The Last Knight has made a huge landing in China this weekend, and thanks for international money the movie's box office numbers have already exceeded the project's reported $217 million budget (which doesn't include marketing costs). While Michael Bay's Transformers 5 has only made $69 million in the United States so far, estimates say that $196.2 million has come in from foreign markets. Basically, don't plan on seeing Paramount Pictures change course with the franchise any time soon.
Looking beyond Transformers: The Last Knight, the second most significant story to be found in this box office report is the continued demonstrated strength of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman. Not only did the movie have another impressive weekend doing battle with Cars 3 for the Number Two slot, but it is now incredibly close to becoming the biggest domestic hit in the DC Extended Universe franchise. When released last year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad made $330.3 million and $325 million, respectively, and by this time next week Wonder Woman will very likely out-gross both. The Gal Gadot-led feature has proven to have remarkable staying power, and surely a lot of that has to do with positive reviews and buzz.
Because Transformers: The Last Knight was the only major new release this week, the chart hasn't flipped around too much from last time around, with titles like 47 Meters Down, All Eyez On Me, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 taking over the middle section. It's noteworthy that this will probably be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last weekend in the Top 10, with its $3 million take bumping its domestic total to $380.2 million (ranking it at Number Five in the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind Captain America: Civil War).
We should see a nice shake-up next week, as three interesting titles come to play: Edgar Wright's critically-acclaimed Baby Driver, the animated sequel Despicable Me 3, and the R-rated Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler comedy The House. It's pretty easy to already predict the middle title taking the crown, but be sure to check back next Sunday to see how the rest of the cards fall!