Deadline reports Transformers: The Last Knight is on track to take $15 million at the domestic box office according to industry sources.
The film which explores the mythology of how the Transformers were created and lays the groundwork for future installments and spin-offs to come currently sits at a rotten 17% on Rotten Tomatoes after being critically received as an incoherent mess of a story overloaded with special effects and CGI.
An opening day of $15 million would set a record low first single day for the franchise following Revenge of the Fallen at $62 million, Age of Extinction at $41.9 million, Dark of the Moon at $37.7 million and the Transformers at $27.9 million.
The previous estimate that the film was going to open between $70 million – $75 million has now been lowered to $63 million – $65 million for its five-day opening, which would set The Last Knight at least $35 million below the previous installment for its opening, making it the lowest opening for a film in the franchise. The film cost a total of $217 million to produce.
Paramount Pictures will be counting on the foreign markets for the majority of the film’s returns. The Last Knight opens simultaneously in 42 foreign territories this weekend including China, the world’s second-largest film market. Age of Extinction managed to open at $92 million in the middle kingdom and went on to take a total of $320 million at the China box office.
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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