Transformers: The Last Knight is yet another explosion-filled, humourless, two-and-a-half-hour waste of time.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Sony Pictures will roll out Baby Driver on Wednesday, June 28, with the Universal animated sequel Despicable Me 3, Warner Bros.' comedy The House and The Weinstein Company's Amityville: The Awakening arriving in theaters Friday June 30 to close out the month. Made for $149 million, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis.
Disney Pixar's animated Cars 3, starring the voice talent of Owen Wilson as race auto Lightning McQueen, continues to speed away with family hearts.
NEW YORK - The hulking machines of "Transformers" are no longer box-office behemoths in North America. Hopefully we get a better explanation as to what happened with them in a future #Transformers installment.
The latest Transformers film, "The Last Knight", has opened at a franchise low of $69 million. As of Sunday, the film's global haul sits at $196.2 million after rolling out in 41 markets worldwide, spearheaded by $123.4 million coming from China alone.
Future business will tell whether those grosses are enough to cover a hugely expensive movie: $217 million to make, plus almost as much to market. If the film does as well as its predecessors, it would lift Transformers into the 15 top-grossing movie franchises of all time. To make matters worse, it gives audiences a drunken portrayal of Merlin from Stanley Tucci that nobody wants to see.
It seems the "Transformers" franchise is rusty. "For comparison, 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction" made $100 million United States dollars in three days.
And while a $200 million opening is nothing to balk at, Paramount is seeing diminishing returns on each Transformers movie.
And, yes, there may be an element of envy in that sentiment from those of us for whom each new Transformers adventure is a punishment of sorts. If you're a fan of the series (really?) you might get more out of this than I did.
Disney Pixar's Cars 3 earned another $25.2 million and has grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office. And at $652.9 million globally, it's the highest grossing film directed by a woman, not accounting for inflation. The film, which opened in limited release, has brought in an estimated $435,000 from five locations with a per-screen average of $87,000. Overseas, the DC Films adaptation added $20.5 million on 12,600 screens in 65 markets to bring its total to $334.5 million (with $87.5 million coming from China alone). Lionsgate is handling the theatrical release. Together, the first four earned over $1.3 billion domestically and well over $3.5 billion worldwide. Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst star in this story of a Southern all-girls school that takes in a Union solider during the Civil War.style="text-align: center;"