'Transformers' tops box office but is biggest in China

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A saving grace for Transformers: The Last Knight is the overseas box office hauls, which have racked up over $196 million for a worldwide box office total of $265 million.

The Transformers franchise seems to be getting rusty.

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.

Transformers 5 was made on a colossal budget of $217 million and given that it's doing well overseas, chances of the movie being in the red at the end of its theatrical run are low.

Photo A scene from "Transformers: The Last Knight".

With diminishing returns happening for the series across the world the big champion for the series is China where the previous Transformers film was the top grossing American film ever and this film opened big.

Things were looking bad for The Last Knight from its opening day.

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Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager in "Transformers: The Last Knight". Together, the first four earned over $1.3 billion domestically and well over $3.5 billion worldwide.

"Monotonous, bloated, intelligence insulting, leaden, creatively bankrupt, overlong, migraine inducing, painful"- that's how this critic summed up the last Transformers film, Age of Extinction, back in 2014. The film earned $24.3 million from 1,042 IMAX screens worldwide, which marks the second-biggest global IMAX opening for Paramount, behind only Age of Extinction's $26.7 million.

Likewise, Guy Ritchie's "Arthur: Legend of the Sword" made $137 million at the box office, just enough to consider it an abject failure. "This is Focus' third collaboration with Sofia and she's created an entertaining, atmospheric thriller featuring strong female representation in front of and behind the camera". When factored into its five-day debut, "The Last Knight" grossed a franchise low of $69 million.

In platform release, the critically acclaimed comedy The Big Sick debuted to an estimated $435,000 from only five locations in NY and Los Angeles generating the best opening weekend average of the year with $87,000. Wonder Woman, in spot number three, brought in $25.1 million in its fourth week, dropping only 39%. The Gal Gadot summer standout tied with "Cars 3' this weekend for second place in theaters".

The weekend is practically over for most of the globe now, and after the initial reports from the global box office, we have some more news on the performance of Transformers: The Last Knight outside of the US!

"Transformers: The Last Knight's" performance is a tough break for the summer box office's bottom line domestically. Did U go see anything special in theaters this weekend???