Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

Latest Transformers movie is disgusting yet watchable


If the film does as well as its predecessors, it would lift Transformers into the 15 top-grossing movie franchises of all time.

Transformers: The Last Knight won its first box office weekend with an estimated $45.3 million. However, the Tom Cruise movie continues to do well overseas, where it's earned a total of $273.6 million for a cumulative worldwide earning of $342 million. The Last Knight is the only nationwide release scheduled for this weekend.

Even if you hated The Last Knight, it'd hard to deny the film's entrancingly odd watchability. They've gotten bigger and louder, but not much deeper.

The Transformers series always has made millions internationally and it should make up ground from a slow start when it launches in 42 global markets including China and the United Kingdom.

"The Last Knight" comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses "Baywatch" and "Ghost in the Shell".

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So when director Michael Bay announced in 2005 that he was planning a Transformers live-action movie with Steven Spielberg as producer, my heart skipped a beat. It has the largest per-screen average of any film opening on more than one screen this year.

"The Last Knight", which Paramount says cost about 217 million USA dollars to make before a major marketing spend, remains the lowest grossing opening in North America for the "Transformers" series through five films. Together, the team works together to save the world.

But if you're looking for an excoriation of the latest whirring colossus Bay has thrust upon us, I don't have one.

Humans are at war with the Transformers and Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) has disappeared.

Amazon Studios and Lionsgate's critical darling The Big Sick, which debuted in five theaters, earned $435,000 for a robust screen average of $87,000.

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"We're thrilled by this opening", said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features' distribution president. The film has now tied Iron Man's domestic total ($318 million) and is on track to take on fellow DCEU films Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.4 million) and Suicide Squad ($325 million) despite having had a smaller opening figure than either film. Almost a month after opening, Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" continues to be a major draw. Globally, the Gal Gadot-starrer's gross stands at $652.9 million.

Although the series overall has had mixed reactions from critics - the movies' elaborately over-the-top plots, thinly-sketched characters and banal humour their main targets - the films have come in for some high praise due to their mind-blowing visual effects and action sequences. I watch them to see attractive visuals, incredible action, and magic that Bay brings to his films as director.

In fourth place was the shark thriller "47 Meters Down", which took in $7.4 million.

When it was revealed that Stanley Tucci would be appearing in The Last Knight, most viewers rightly assumed he'd be reprising his Joshua Joyce role from the last movie, but hilariously, he's instead randomly recast as the legendary wizard Merlin.

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