As we reported, The Last Knight
is playing reasonably well to the international box office. But at home, even its extended opening weekend period has not helped to bolster its numbers, with a now estimated gross of just over $69 million to wrap up its first weekend. That is slightly above the revised projections from a few days ago that were looking at as low as $65 million, but it's anything but good. Keep reading for more information.
We've got two stories of note to share here: first is The Hollywood Reporter
speaking to Transformers: The Last Knight
star Jerrod Carmichael, and among other subjects he talks about learning on-set to adjust his comedy for places like China. That kind of focus has paid off for Paramount and director Michael Bay, with Deadline
reporting that TF5 has earned $48 million in China so far - with the possibility of a hundred million dollar opening in that country looming. Keep reading for excerpts from both stories!
Walmart has posted the full schedule and list of stops for the Autobots Unite tour event whose details were leaked a few weeks ago. The promotion has been in progress since early this month - which means unfortunately some number of the indicated stops have already come and gone before we became aware of the complete information. But many states have numerous visits listed, so you'll probably have at least one more chance without going too far out of the way if you missed your local one already. We've extracted the pages of the schedule PDF - you can find all 28 pages of stop sorted by state in the album below!
As one Transformers movie news cycle begins to wind down, the next one kicks in to gear. Screen Rant has already been talking about next year's Bumblebee prequel movie with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Perhaps the most interesting piece of this is a change of language, now addressing the 2019 release for "Transformers 6" as a "hope" more than a plan. Might this change of attitude be a response to the surely lower than anticipated performance of The Last Knight
in its opening day? Keep reading for more!
This year's Tokyo Toy Show exclusive Black Convoy has become somewhat infamous - it sold out the first day it was for sale at the show, and barely any secondary retail outlets were able to obtain stock, and the remaining quantity was so low that it was only made available afterward on TakaraTomy Mall as a lottery sale item. TakaraTomy has decided to respond to the unexpected demand by issuing a second run of the figure. A placeholder listing is up, and it looks like preorders will begin on July 4th. We don't know when they will be delivered, but we can expect at least a few months between. Keep reading for a link to the product page!
We've got the reports in on the ticket sales for the first full day of showings for The Last Knight
- and the news is not particularly good. Including the early Tuesday night showings, it seems that the fifth Transformers movie has had the lowest opening day out of the entire series so far. As a result, the previous predictions of a $70 million result by the end of the first weekend is now trending downward further to a projected $65 million, according to Variety and Deadline. Keep reading to see how this first day stacks up against the openings of the first four movies!
A vague rumor circulated recently about a new release of the Masterpiece cassettes, and though it's a little later than was promised, it looks like the reveal has come. TakaraTomy Mall has listed a preorder for a set of MP-15 and 16-E, which will contain cassette character Nightstalker, Stripes, Enemy, and Wing Thing. Interestingly, Nightstalker originally was a black version of Steeljaw - someone we currently don't have as a Masterpiece. Is this our first sign of an official Masterpiece Blaster on the way? Keep reading for details!
A website by the name of icarhireinsurance.com
has approached us with their in-depth financial and statistical analysis of the Transformers movie franchise, going over the numbers between 2007's Transformers
and 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction
. Which side is more deadly, Autobots or Decepticons? Who does the most property damage? And is there a corollary between violence and critical success? Keep reading to find out!
The Berlin police seem only too delighted to report via their Facebook page Polizei Berlin that they have towed and impounded the Bumblebee and Barricade cars that were visiting in Germany as part of the promotional activity for Transformers The Last Knight
. The post, written in German obviously, plays things up as it describes the conditions of the 'arrests', based on failure to meet the requirements of German safety regulations for street vehicles. Web translation covers most of it, but German fan Nevermore was able to clarify some of the details machine translation couldn't quite work out. Keep reading for more!
China Film Insider
has revealed that the Chinese cut of Transformers: The Last Knight
will be two minutes longer than the US version of the movie, clocking in at 150 minutes even. The official running time for TF5 has been listed as 148 for the rest of the world - so what changed? It's impossible to say at this point but as the article details, it wouldn't be the first time a US movie tacked on footage of Chinese actors to try and better the film's chances of success there. Keep reading for details.
Forbes has posted another article about The Last Knight
, this one a bit more of an optimistic outlook than their previous piece. This projects the fifth Transformers movie as looking to break in to the highest grossing movies of all time, an objective that will apparently require at least 1.25 billion dollars from the worldwide box office. And China will need to be a huge part of that. But as the article looks back at the ticket sale growth of the Transformers series in China, the proposition doesn't look so unlikely. Keep reading for an excerpt and link to the original!
Previously rumored, it looks like we have definite confirmation of our first cast member for 2018's Bumblebee movie. Hailee Steinfeld talked with news.com.au about her upcoming tour in Australia, during which she verified her involvement with the prequel movie. She also said that as soon as she gets back from Australia, it'll be time to begin filming. The movie currently branded as Transformers Universe: Bumbkebee
is expected in theatres next summer, so this production timeline is just about on track. You can find a link to the news.com.au article below.
Thanks to the Ozformers community, we've got information that Trypticon is slowly making appearances at brick and mortar retail in Australia at BigW stores. Reportedly the stores are meant to be holding them back for a major sale due to start soon, but that so rarely works in practice. This mirrors last year, where Australia saw Fortress Maximus about one month before the US street date. Australian collectors will pay a price for this early access - literally, as the Australian Dollar price is $298, almost AUD$50 more than Fort Max, and equaling about USD$225. The US SRP remains $150.
This one stayed under the radar for a little bit, but it seems DX9 is throwing down in the giant unofficial Omega Supreme game too. D12 Gabriel will stand 56cm tall at the head - just about 22 inches - and features transformation in to the full rocket base. The initial shipment will come with a bonus option face part to represent "shedding tears". It also looks like the tank will be able to carry a Dianaut from the Diaclone Reboot line in the transformed robot head, which will have cockpit details. And it's all for preorder as one unit for just $279.99! Check out the promo images below.
Forbes has posted an article over the weekend that paints a scenario putting a lot of pressure on The Last Knight
to be a big success at the box office when it hits theatres in two weeks. The article cites a series of underperforming releases from Paramount going back in to 2016, creating an unfavorable situation for the studio. It notes that The Last Knight
is the last "uber-huge" release, as it describes it, for the rest of 2017, and apparently the last major release at all until October, pinning a lot of hopes on the fifth Transformers movie to succeed big. Keep reading for select excerpts and a link to the article.
We found out just recently that Walmart would be featuring its own exclusive subline of The Last Knight merchandise under the branding "Autobots Unite". Apparently that's going to be part of a larger marketing event involving the movie, as documents uploaded by imgur user "FunkDrunkula
" show a plan of action that will include store appearances by character costumes, an online campaign to track the Autobots on the tour, and of course the merchandising in store. The tour is marked as running from June 12, to November 3. Keep reading to see the scans with full details!
Earlier today we saw an image of the prototype for Masterpiece Dinobot, which was taken from the TakaraTomy Transformers presentation during Tokyo Toy Show on Saturday. During this presentation, other upcoming items were talked about. Some of the Japanese bloggers live tweeted it, as recording and photography were not actually permitted during the event. We've gathered the details and pieced together the translations so you don't have to! Keep reading to find out more...
Hasbro has shared a press release with us detailing upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight
releases, including Walmart and ToysRUs exclusives! Among the more fascinating things in the release are Leader Dragonstorm, who is two separate knights in robot mode(!), Infernocus, the upgrade/modification of Beast Hunters Abominus, and the Planet Cybertron figure, which is a beautiful, almost G2 reuse of the Transformers: Cybertron
Primus mold. Keep reading for the full details of these and more releases, with photos!