Transformers: The Last Knight underperformed in the US yet still made more than enough to take the top spot, with Wonder Woman still in 2nd while Cars 3 dropped to 3rd.
Transformers: The Last Knight made just $44.7 million over the weekend, going as high as $68.5 million including Wednesday and Thursday. For a 5-day gross that’s kind of bad, especially once you start to compare The Last Knight to the previous four Transformers movies. In 2007 Transformers collected about $133 million in 5 days. Two years later Revenge of the Fallen grossed $200.1 million in the same amount of time while in 2011 Dark of the Moon slowed down a bit with $162.6 million. And then there’s Age of Extinction in 2014, $121 million, again in 5 days. So basically things are not looking well for Transformers: The Last Knight, which is now pretty much guaranteed to become the first installment in the series to not top $200 million in the US. Even $150 million might be too much here.
Wonder Woman is holding on strong to that 2nd place, now with $24.9 million, off by -39.6%. It’s been almost a month since Wonder Woman first hit theaters, 24 days at the box office with $318.1 million and counting. That means Wonder Woman is currently running $6.8 million ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($311.3 million) through the same point. I expect to see Wonder Woman overtake BvS by the end of the week, becoming the top earning DCEU movie in the US. If this November Justice League is at least half as good, then Wonder Woman might not be in 1st for long. Or maybe it will if it can get high enough, say $380-400 million (which it very well might).
Cars 3 dropped to 3rd with $24.1 million in its 2nd weekend, losing 55.2%. Compared to Cars 2 (-60.3%) it’s a smaller drop, but still nowhere near the first film (-43.9%). With $98.8 million in 10 days Cars 3 is $18.3 and $18.4 million behind Cars and Cars 2 at the same point in their respective box office runs. Where I’m standing (only days away from the release of Despicable Me 3) it looks like Cars 3 will end up becoming Pixar’s 2nd worst performing animation in the US with $155-160 million.
Turns out I was very wrong thinking there was no way 47 Meters Down could be a hit in the same vein as last year’s The Shallows. This shark thriller dropped only 36.7% in 4th with $7.1 million. In 10 days 47 Meters Down is up to $23.9 million in the US (The Shallows was at $35 million after 10 days) and will probably stop north of $40 million. For a $5 million movie that was almost released straight to video last August, I’d say that’s very good.
The Mummy rounds out the top 5 with $6.1 million, down 58.2%. Only $68.7 million domestically in 17 days for the Dark Universe starter is very disappointing and although the film is playing pretty well internationally (obviously thanks to Tom Cruise), word on the street is Universal will lose a good deal of money on this. The numbers thrown around are in the $60-90 million region, yet Universal seem to still be very much moving forward with the rest of their Dark Universe series. And of course they would, after all they’d probably lose even more money if they stopped right now.