'Transformers' tops box office but is biggest in China

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The fifth installment in the series, directed by Michael Bay, brought in an estimated 45.3 million US dollars in North America Friday through Sunday and a five-day total of 691 million USA dollars since its opening last Wednesday, according to studio figures collected by comScore.

Yet having hoped the franchise would have faced extinction, three years later we're looking towards another film in the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut of the Transformers series, this one subtitled The Last Knight.

The Last Knight is being marketed as the final chapter, Michael Bay has promised he's moving on, and Mark Wahlberg has proclaimed this his last Transformers sequel.

Weekend estimates now show a tie for second place: "Cars 3" and "Wonder Woman" are both expected to earn $25.2 million.

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman's holds continue to be impressive.

What can already be revealed, however, is the fact that "Wonder Woman" has moved comfortably past the $300 million domestic mark.

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We're halfway through 2017 and of the 312 movies released theatrically in the United States (according to Box Office Mojo) so far this year, less than ten percent are certified blockbusters.

Disney/Pixar's Cars 3 launched with $2.2 million on 275 and $2.6 million with previews, a respectable start before school holidays but well down on Cars 2's $4.9 million debut in 2011. But of you go by the opening weekend figures of the latest installment, it's time to trigger the alarms. In North America, the film earned $7.6 million from 390 IMAX screens for the five days. Finally, newcomers to the box office (both indie films), The Beguiled and The Big Sick brought in $262,000 and $401,000, respectively. On the other hand, fellow sophomore All Eyez On Me took a shocking 78% nosedive to an estimated $5.9M after a strong debut.

The global market on the other hand has been generous and kind to Transformers 5, with China being the most lucrative one. The Sofia Coppola-directed film (which is based on the 1971 novel of the same name) opened earned an estimated $240,545 from four locations for a per-screen average of $60,138.

"Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie", $4.3 million ($1 million international).

The #7 film is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers also are included. The Last Knight ended up amassing a Friday to Sunday gross of just $45.3 million, a slight improvement over its mid-week performance but still a bad showing for the film.

This may explain why the $709 million that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" made during its theatrical run wasn't justify a sequel - the franchise was recently rebooted by a different movie studio.

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