'Transformers: The Last Knight' scores franchise low opening

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As expected, Transformers: The Last Knight bumped last weekend’s champion Cars 3 down to the number two spot, securing a box office victory with an estimated $45.3 million opening. (The Last Knight opened on Wednesday; add in those first two days, and its domestic gross is $69 million.) But all isn’t sunshine and, er, exploding robots (??) for Michael Bay’s signature franchise, as $45.3 million is by far the lowest opening of any Transformers installment so far. In fact, we’re talking $25.2 million less than the next lowest opener, Transformers, and a whopping $63.6 million less than the highest opener, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

That said, the Transformers franchise is one of those that’s always done well internationally, and that’s holding true here. The Last Knight opened to $123.4 million in China, a high for the franchise. Its total international haul is sitting pretty at $196.2 million, with openings forthcoming in Brazil, France, Mexico, Japan and more.

The rest of the top five went to holdovers. As mentioned, Cars 3 came in at spot number two with $25.1 million, bringing its domestic gross to $99.8 million. Wonder Woman, in spot number three, brought in $25.1 million in its fourth week, dropping only 39%. Its domestic total of $318.3 million is higher than the total domestic haul of Man of Steel ($291 million) and within spitting distance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.3 million) and Suicide Squad ($325.1 million). Rounding out the top five are 47 Meters Down (weekend gross $7.4 million, total gross $24.2 million) and All Eyez on Me (weekend gross $5.8 million, total gross $38.6 million).

Among specialty releases, The Big Sick was the highest earner, bringing in $435,000 on five screens. Its $87,000 per-theatre average is also the highest of the week. Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled charted with $240,545 on four screens. Less strong among limited release openings were The Bad Batch ($91,074 on 30 screens) and the doc Food Evolution ($3,311 on one screen).