STASIS-LOCK! Transformers The Last Knight Dives 78% on 2nd Weekend Sales
BaCon - Sunday, July 02, 2017
WHY oh why didn't Optimus Prime stay on Cybertron?!?! Not that it would have saved Transformers The Last Knight from itself. So many of us wanted to love these movies, but the Bayhem would not be denied. Which, wasn't enough to bring out the fans for a 5th time, even in China. Where Forbes Magazine is reporting the movie has plummeted 78% from its opening last weekend. Paramount cares, but no one else seems to as the crash, bang, boom formula has effectively been run into the ground.
The shabby performance deals a brutal blow to Chinese distributors and investors, who reportedly guaranteed Paramount (NASDAQ: VIAB) 2.6 billion RMB (about $380 million at the time of the deal) in box office, regardless of the film’s actual result. Under such a guarantee Paramount would skip away with a $95 million payday—that is, the standard 25 percent of gross box office earned by foreign revenue-sharing films—while distributors would be punished with a roughly $40 million write-off.
The 78 percent first weekend-to second decline ranks as one of the biggest in Chinese movie history, and even stands in rank infamy against North America’s worst second weekends as well. Only two movies with wide releases (2,000+ screens) across the U.S. and Canada have ever topped The Last Knight’s death spiral: the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez toxic mess known as Gigli, which plummeted 81.9 percent in its second weekend in 2002, and the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot, which tumbled 80.4 percent.
In a presentation video likening the subjects of its nominations to toxic waste, the Razzies, AKA the Golden Raspberry Awards, have announced their nominations for the worst of 2017. As you might expect, Transformers: The Last Knight indeed has been nominated, tying Age of Extinction with nine nominations. That's the record for the franchise! Keep reading for specifics on the nominations along with an announcement video for the three top categories.
Everybody loves a good deal, and we wanted to share a few that we randomly found on Amazon today. Disclaimers, of course: Amazon pricing fluctuates with inventory levels, so while the pricing noted here is accurate to time of writing, it may vary over time; second, pricing and availability is, as far as we know, for US customers only and may not correspond to pricing on your local flavor of Amazon. With that said, let's look at some toys!
One of the aspects of the Transformers movie franchise that rarely if ever generates discontent are the scores by Steve Jablonsky. Now - as has happened in the past with such films as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Paramount has made the score for Transformers: The Last Knight available on a "For Your Consideration" website in preparation for the Academy Awards. Keep reading for the link!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: It's our 2017 year in review! From the Last Knight to Titans Return, Power of the Primes, and more, we recap all of the Transformers news for the year that you need to know about! Also on the show, we revisit our predictions for 2017. Who won, who lost, and who was most off the mark? Also on the show, we have our toy of the year, find out what we consider the best toys of 2017! All that and more on this ginormous episode of Radio Free Cybertron!
The Autobots Unite subline from The Last Knight sure turned out oddly. What was originally Walmart's exclusive contribution to the toyline largely never materialized through Walmart at all. Among them is a One Step Turbo Changer set of Bumblebee and Hot Rod, which we discovered this evening at a Ross location in middle Tennessee. This joins the Legion Class two packs in calling the closeout chain home after never finding space on Walmart's shelves. You can find a photo of the find below. The set was priced at $11.99.