Transformers: The Last Knight opens with franchise’s lowest box office debut


Domestically, this may mean nothing since Transformers makes all of its money overseas, but Transformers: The Last Knight had its lowest franchise debut.

While we’ve come a long way since the first Transformers film with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox (neither of which star now), director Michael Bay is still churning out half-baked ideas about robots in disguise. Actually, I think they’re really aliens disguised as robots in disguise. As of The Last Knight, they come in pretty much any form your imagination allows, including cars, tech gadgets, and you know, planets.

For the most part, recent installments have been panned by critics, but continue to make a ton of money both overseas and on toy shelves. So as long as there’s money to be made against a production budget of $241 million, Paramount will release these movies.

Though Transformers: The Last Knight opened to a franchise low domestically at $69.1 million, that doesn’t mean it won’t approach or break one billion worldwide.

For comparison, when Transformers: Age of Extinction (the previous film) opened, it finished the weekend with $100 million domestically. Then, it grossed $1.1 billion worldwide at the end of its run. Of that billion, $858 million of that was grossed overseas. Basically, if Transformers: Age of Extinction made just half of what it made overseas in total, they’d still make another movie.

So The Last Knight had five days to make an impressive number and missed the mark. But does that mean the franchise ends? Of course not. There are plans for another Transformers film, plus there’s a Bumblebee spin-off in the works.

Here’s the rest of the box office breakdown:

  1. Transformers: The Last Knight – $69,095,489
  2. Cars 3 – $25,175,000 / $99,882,893
  3. Wonder Woman $25,175,000 / $ 318,380,158
  4. 47 Meters Down $7,435,000 / $24,260,932 
  5. All Eyez on Me $5,850,000 / $38,642,319 
  6. The Mummy (2017) $5,836,900 / $68,520,570
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $5,239,000 / $160,004,326
  8. Rough Night $4,700,000 /$16,634,947
  9. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie $4,280,000 / $65,743,176
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $3,000,000 / $380,213,327

As you can see, a low opening doesn’t account for much these days. Pirates of the Caribbean is in the same boat as Transformers, with just about $160 million at the box office. Yet, it’s at $677.8 worldwide, which is more than the very well-received Wonder Woman.

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Transformers: The Last Knight is now playing in theaters everywhere.