Transformers: The Last Knight review

Posted June 26, 2017

Please let this be the last one, if it isn't the last one hopefully it's Michael Bay's last, let a director who actually cares about the source material have a crack.

With the Transformers movie franchise releasing their fifth film only a few days ago early box office predictions are staggeringly low and will probably disappoint Michael Bay (the director). While this was enough to come out on top, it doesn't bode well for the aging space robot-based series of films. All of my deductive reasoning combined with previous life experiences tells me to avoid wasting a single dollar or brain cell on the new Transformers film - as the older I get, the less I have of either.

And neither fans nor critics seem particularly enthused by the latest movie (which will be followed by two more in 2018 and 2019).

Since it's the lowest-grossing film of the franchise so far, it would seem audiences are generally exhausted of the Transformers films.

If this is, as has been said by the man himself, Michael Bay's last entry into the Transformers canon, then it's not a bad film to leave on whatsoever. The previous installment, "Age of Extinction", made well over 100 million USA dollars in 2014. The Transformers movies are a favorite object of critical scorn, and narratively, The Last Knight remains barely coherent. Together, the three characters must race to uncover the secret history of the Transformers before the world is destroyed.

The Disney-Pixar animated movie is expected to pull in about $29 million at the USA box office this weekend and take second place. Cars 3 will be showing in 2D and 3D at Nu Metro Key West - an animated action-adventure for the whole family to enjoy on the Big Screen. Russian Federation should post $8.9 million in earnings from 1,251 spots. That, combined with the domestic take of $69.1 million, would put the film's global opening at $265.3 million.

When it was revealed that Stanley Tucci would be appearing in The Last Knight, most viewers rightly assumed he'd be reprising his Joshua Joyce role from the last movie, but hilariously, he's instead randomly recast as the legendary wizard Merlin.

The Last Knight overtook The Mummy for the top spot this weekend, opening in 42 foreign territories, including major markets like China, Australia, and Russian Federation.

And Kumail Nanjiani's critically adored romantic comedy "The Big Sick" should earn $435,000 during its opening weekend in five locations - that would give the Lionsgate and Amazon Studios release the highest per screen average of any film that has opened this year so far. Made for $149 million, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis. The former brought in an estimated $7.4 million for a domestic haul of $24.3 million, while the latter saw a sharp 77.9 percent drop for an estimated earning of only $5.9 million. In the United Kingdom, the film is expected to bring in $130 million.

Countries like China, India and South America have driven the majority of box office revenue for the "Transformers" franchise since the first film was released in 2007. Earth is saved, although millions are dead (as dictated in the movie), and there are still giant pieces of Cybertron floating around. The movie opened to $15.7 million on Wednesday (including its $5.5 million from previews), a low number compared to the original's $36.6 million opening Tuesday, Revenge of the Fallen's $62 million opening Wednesday, Dark of the Moon's $37.7 million opening Wednesday, and Age of Extinction's $41.9 million opening Friday.