Box Office: “Transformers 5,” a $65 million opening week bust?


Nobody was gung-ho about digging into the Transformers toybox again. Not Michael Bay, not Mark Wahlberg or the few other folks who could be called recurring characters.

So let’s assume everybody got paid, and HOW, to concoct the worst movie of the summer of 2017.

Like “Cars 3,” the picture, “Transformers: The Last Night,” is opening a big, seemingly robust number one — $40 million for the weekend, $65 since Tuesday evening.

Of course, that’s far and away the worst opening for a Transformers movie. So Paramount gets one last bump to the bottom line from the Autobots and actors. They spent $217 to make it, as opposed to the $210 or so that went into “Transformers 4.”

And yet “The Last Knight” has been running in the $50 million range behind the performance of “Transformers 4,” which cleared $100 million on its opening weekend.

Terrible/Awful reviews aren’t helping. But even those review-proof folks showing up seem to know what to expect. I sat next to a kid, his earbuds in, more interested in his phone opening night, part of a whole family of pay-their-money/ignore the movie types.

So Paramount is still able to collect donations from idiots. That goes for the rest of the planet, too. It’s earned over $50 million in China alone,with over $100 million in the international BO kitty by Sunday. So maybe it isn’t “The Last” anything. Got to appease the Chinese.

“Wonder Woman” is still in second place, pushing “Cars 3” down the ladder. Disney/Pixar and Paramount took their shot at wringing more money out of past-peak franchises, but aren’t getting rich off the idea.

The latest and hopefully last “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie has earned $161 million, domestically.

International box office could keep that one alive, possibly even “Transformers,” but that’s not a sure thing. Thankfully.

eyez2“All Eyez on Me,” the long-planned Tupac Shakur bio pic, fell off the table its second weekend, an 80% plunge. It will not earn $50 million, when all is said and done.

“Mummy” won’t hit $100 million, domestically. “47 Meters Down” is holding audience, but won’t hit $40. Still a win, for a movie that came out on video first.

“Cars 3” succeeded in killing “Captain Underpants,” which was all it was designed to do — seemingly. “Captain” won’t hit $80, all in.

“The Big Sick,” in just a couple of theaters, is owning the per-screen average, besting “The Beguiled,” which opens wider next weekend, with “Beatriz at Dinner” not quite up to “Book of Henry” limited release numbers.



About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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