Weekend box office: Transformers: The Last Knight has the lowest opening in the series

So, is the madness finally going to stop?  After four straight films with massive box office hauls, it looks like the Transformer series might finally have met its merciful demise.  The fifth film in the series, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is on pace for $40 million at the weekend box office and just over $60 million since its early release.  To put it in perspective, the first Transformers film opened with about $70 million and the fourth film opened with $100 million.  I’m not sure $60 million is low enough to call time of death on the series, but I’m guessing Paramount will think twice before throwing $215 million at the sixth film.  And with a little luck, maybe Michael Bay will move on to something else.

Next week should be an interesting weekend as we get a slew of new releases.  First up, and the most likely number one film, is DESPICABLE ME 3.  CARS 3 will probably take some of the film’s audience, but it should still do enough to take the top spot.  Next is THE HOUSE with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.  ROUGH NIGHT is the only other comedy and it’s already dead, so THE HOUSE should do pretty well, probably well enough for the second spot.  Next up is BABY DRIVER, which is getting fantastic reviews but I fear it may be one that will find its audience on home video.  Finally, there’s AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING.  It feels like a B-movie horror film, but horror movies are always a wild card.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Transformers: The Last Knight $40.1m

2. Wonder Woman $26.1m

3. Cars 3 $25.6m

4. 47 Meters Down $6.9m

5. All Eyez On Me $5.8m

6. The Mummy $5.7m

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $5.4m

8. Captain Underpants $4.8m

9. Rough Night $4.7m

10. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 $3m

(Deadline)

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