“Transformers: The Last Knight” was the only major-release this week, but despite opening unopposed, the film failed to reach a record high for the franchise. Expecting a monumental debut for “Transformers 5,” most studios chose not to schedule any major-releases next week as well, but in hindsight that was probably a mistake. Next week moviegoers can look forward to “Baby Driver,” which has been getting a lot of buzz thanks to its popular cast.
To keep things on the level, “Transformers 5” opened on Wednesday and not the usual Thursday, slightly warping the film’s $65M opening for the week. The new installment still opened at number-one at the domestic box-office with $45M over the weekend, though as we mentioned earlier, it was the only major-release. “Transformers: The Last Knight” was directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, and Josh Duhamel.
To give you some perspective on how the near decade-long franchise is doing, the first “Transformers” film opened to $70.5M domestically in 2007, and “Rise of the Fallen” opened to a record-high $108M two-years later. In 2011 “Dark of the Moon” made close to $98M during its opening weekend, and “Age of Extinction” opened to $100M domestically. The studio still has plans for two more ‘Transformers’ installments, so don’t count them out just yet. Not including this weekend’s debut, the franchise has made over $3.8B for the studio in ticket-sales alone.
Disney’s “Cars 3” dropped to number-two this weekend, but still grossed over $25M across 4,256 locations. That raises the film’s two-week domestic total to just under $100M for Disney. “Cars 3” was directed by Brian Fee, who wrote the original story with Ben Queen. The film features the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, and Chris Cooper.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Wonder Woman” is still going strong, and finished at number-three overall on the domestic charts, the film’s $25M weekend raises the film’s four-week domestic total to over $318M. “Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, working from a screenplay written by Allan Heinberg. The film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright.
“47 Meters Down” saw a slight bump in the charts this weekend, grossing $7M across 2,471 locations. The film has a two-week running total of $24M. “47 Meters Down” was directed by Johannes Roberts, working from a script that Roberts wrote with Ernest Riera. The film stars Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, and Matthew Modine.
The Lionsgate drama “All Eyez on Me” slipped to fifth-place on the domestic charts, only grossing $5.8M in the film’s second-week in theaters. That was enough to bump “The Mummy” off the top-five, a film that only brought-in $5.8M this weekend. “All Eyez on Me” does have an impressive $38M two-week total, and should be considered a hit for the studio. “All Eyez on Me” was directed by Benny Boom, the script was written by Jeremy Haft and Eddie Gonzalez. The film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, and Kat Graham.
The real standouts of the week were at the limited box-office, where “The Big Sick” brought-in $435K across just five theaters. “The Big Sick” was directed by Michael Showalter, and stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, and Holly Hunter. Focus Features’ “The Beguiled” opened across four locations this weekend, and grossed over $240K the studio. “The Beguiled” was directed by Sofia Coppola, the film stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell. “The Bad Batch” only opened in one-location this weekend, but still managed to gross over $91K for the studio. “The Bad Batch” was directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, the film stars Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, and Jayda Fink.
Next weekend moviegoers will want to watch for “Baby Driver,” written and directed by Edgar Wright. The film stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Sky Ferreira, and Jamie Foxx. You can also use the lull in the box-office release schedule to catch-up on the limited-releases that opened over the weekend.