'Transformers: The Last Knight' debuts to a franchise low

"Five films in a decade by one filmmaker has never been done before", was the reasoning offered as to why the company chose to describe "The Last Knight" as "The Final Chapter" - meaning Bay's "final chapter" in the saga (although he's producing the Bumblebee spinoff).

The Disney-Pixar animated movie, "Cars 3" pulled in $25.1 million at the US box office this weekend and tied for second place with "Wonder Woman" which was still going strong. While the movie has an impressive cast including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, and Jerrod Carmichael, buzz has been low, with the film failing to garner much chatter on social media amidst a summer full of big budget action movies. Coming in second place for its fourth week in theaters, the super hero tentpole feature lassoed $25.2 million from 3,933 locations to cross the $300 million mark domestically. I do not ask you to predict what will happen tomorrow and I won't but I will as you predict what's gonna happen at the box office where the number one movie right now as cars three. The previous movie in the series, "Age of Extinction", made the majority of its money ($858.6 million) overseas.

Michael Bay's final Transformers film, Transformers: The Last Knight, opens in cinemas in the United Kingdom today, but one day into its U.S. run, and alarm bells are quietly ringing.

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Internationally, however, the Paramount Pictures release is well on its way to another strong performance for the Transformers franchise. Now in its second week of release, the film's domestic "cume" - the cumulative audience - stands at over $24 million.

If the latest Transformers film outperforms the franchise average, the series will vault into 14th place on the top franchise list, with a total adjusted gross of $1.95 billion.

That makes it the highest-grossing live-action movie to be directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Some may point to the fact that The Last Knight opened on a Wednesday which spread out the opening weekend grosses, but most of the franchise has opened on Tuesday, well before the weekend began. This formed the bulk of the movie's estimated $196 million in gross ticket sales overseas.

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"Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie", $4.3 million ($1 million international). ROUGH NIGHT is the only other comedy and it's already dead, so THE HOUSE should do pretty well, probably well enough for the second spot.

Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr.as the late rapper, who was shot in Las Vegas, age 25, in 1996, it also is yet to open overseas. Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from "Despicable Me 3", "Baby Driver", and "The House".

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