Transformers The Last Knight - Theatrical Run Post-Mortem
ExVee - Sunday, August 27, 2017
According to Box Office Mojo, Transformers: The Last Knight has wrapped up its run in at least US theatres as of Thursday, August 24, having clocked in just slightly over 9 weeks on the big screens domestically. Some international markets where the movie opened later may still run for a little while yet, but it's nearing the end of the line. This means that we have a pretty concrete idea of where the final theatrical numbers are going to land. And by this point, there's really no surprises to be had. Keep reading to find out the score...
Box office Mojo's reports show The Last Knight ending domestically with just a hair over $130 million. For reference, the production budget of the movie is estimated at $217 million. For reference, when last we talked about the budget versus domestic ticket sales for the movie, it was July 21, at which point it had only pulled in about $127 million. Over its entire final month it pulled in barely $3 million.
International figures are certainly better, accounting for $473 million of what has become a worldwide total of around $604 million as of the time of this writing. A stronger take from the foreign box office is expected, but there is no denying that numbers on both sides are proportionately much lower than desired. And with the extensive advertising campaign the movie saw in the weeks prior to its release, the costs associated are surely even higher than just the estimated production budget, meaning the profitability of the fifth Transformers movie could very well be the lowest for the entire series to date.
For the sake of the franchise as we've come to know it over the last decade, let's hope Bumblebee fares quite a bit better when it launches in December 2018.
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.
Twitter user Tagoal has posted some images of the Transformers: The Last Knight Optimus Prime Clear Version that was released recently to coincide with TF5's Japanese home video debut! Sporting a lot of clear white and blue plastic, this is the Voyager mold available on shelves now (still) in the Premier Edition. It's kind of a shame that basically every version of this mold looks more appealing than the stock retail release, but even that one is a pretty nice toy in and of itself. Keep reading to see the photos!
A recent feature list on the online version of Rolling Stone sought to line up the ten worst films of 2017, Many choices seemed quite fitting, with few at least marginally surprising even just for where they scored on the list, if not their presence there to start with. But it's probably not that much of a leap that they gave the number one spot on the list to none other than Transformers: The Last Knight. While some fans might point to it as being on the better end of the series, that speaks very little for its quality in the larger arena of movies in general. Keep reading for a quick excerpt and link back to the Rolling Stone page.