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The Last Knight Falls In As Lowest-Grossing Domestic Opening For Transformers

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.

Box Office Mojo tracks and records the theatrical performance of movies. Their metric only records the standard weekend period of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and so currently shows The Last Knight with an opening weekend take of just $45 million. By contrast, the 2007 Transformers had scored $70 million over its first weekend. Measuring both along their initial five day stretches, the 2007 film was already up to $133 million, versus the $69 million The Last Knight is currently expected to end Sunday with. And needless to say, all the sequels in between performed even better in the domestic box office - though nothing came even close to touching Revenge of The Fallen's $200 million at the end of its first five days.

This is surely a disappointment, and while thanks to the international numbers the movie is already in the verge of making back its estimated production budget, a huge promotional effort including literally more TV spots, trailers and promo clips than I can count has unquestionably run the bill up quite a bit more. And according to early reports, the film's success in China, while better than its score at home, seems to also have fallen short of expectations. It's quite unlikely that the movie will end up having lost money when all is said and done, but it look like we've moved beyond the age of Transformers as a surefire summer blockbuster.

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