The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Transformers: The Last Knight struggled on Thursday, only managing to take only $8.1 million at the domestic box office.
The film which set a record low first single day for the franchise in its debut was originally expected to take as much as $75 million in its opening weekend, however, based on the Wednesday’s performance of $15.65 million and last night’s meager take, The Last Knight could have trouble clearing $60 million this weekend. A domestic debut lower than $60 million would set the film as a record low opening weekend for the franchise. The first Transformers currently has the lowest domestic opening of the franchise with $70 million.
Paramount Pictures will be looking to foreign markets to make up for the film’s domestic loss. The Last Knight releases in 42 foreign territories this weekend including China, the world’s second-largest film market. The film which cost $217 million to produce managed to take $47.9 million on Friday in the middle kingdom which is already outpacing the previous installment, Age of Extinction, by 69%. Age of Extinction opened to $92 million in the middle kingdom before going on to take a total of $320 million at the China box office.
Critically, The Last Knight has been poorly received as an incoherent mess of a story overloaded with special effects and CGI. The film currently sits at a rotten 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Santiago Cabrera, Jerrod Carmichael, Liam Garrigan, Peter Cullen and John Goodman. Here’s the official synopsis:
“The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.”
Transformers: The Last Knight is now playing.
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