'Transformers' tops box office but is biggest in China

That's a big number and is towards the higher end of the pre-weekend range.

"Transformers: The Last Knight", the fifth and (hopefully) final film in the franchise opened this weekend to bad reviews but boffo box office. It added 161,894 to its domestic total of 3.56 million views.

Even with little fresh competition, "The Last Knight" became yet another casualty of a tough summer season at theaters.

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman's holds continue to be impressive.

VERDICT: If this film were titled Hopkins: The Adventures of Sir Edmund Burton, we could be talking positively; sadly, Sir Anthony's performance (and that of Mark Wahlberg and Laura Haddock) is the only good thing in a film that is pointless, ridiculous, lacking in subtlety and just plain messy. Fortunately for the studio, that looks to be just what they got, as the global total is $265.2 million so far.




Paramount Pictures' latest "Transformers" movie dominated the box office over the weekend, making around $69 million in the United States and about $196 million internationally. But of you go by the opening weekend figures of the latest installment, it's time to trigger the alarms. The global opening is actually up on Age of Extinction, which kicked off with $189.1 million on its way to $858.6 million internationally and a $1.104 billion total worldwide. The movie opened well, with $70.5 million, which would represent just 22.1% of its domestic gross of $319.2 million, which was the third-highest grossing movie of 2007, behind Shrek the Third ($322.7 million) and Spider-Man 3 ($337.5 million). The film has grossed total $41 million from the China box office alone. For a $5 million movie that was nearly released straight to video last August, I'd say that's very good. Clearly, the negative word-of-mouth didn't do the film any favors, and its overall appeal was greatly limited. The production budget for the film has not been released.

At No. 5 is The Mummy, which sees a steep 59.8 percent drop in the domestic box office for an estimated earning of $5.8 million in its third week out. Where I'm standing (only days away from the release of Despicable Me 3) it looks like Cars 3 will end up becoming Pixar's 2nd worst performing animation in the USA with $155-160 million.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", $5.2 million ($8.3 million international). In 2011 "Dark of the Moon" made close to $98M during its opening weekend, and "Age of Extinction" opened to $100M domestically.

"Rough Night", $4.7 million ($2 million international). The animated family film now stands at $65.7 million.

Rounding up the top 10, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made an even $3 million from 1,468 locations over its eighth week in theaters for a new domestic total of $380.2 million. To date, the Amazonian princess has made $318.3 million domestically, which is less than $12 million behind the run of "Batman v. Superman" and $7 million behind "Suicide Squad".

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