Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

'Transformers' tops box office but is biggest in China

"Transformers: The Last Knight", the fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise from Michael Bay, may have topped the weekend, but all the robot-smashing has gotten a bit rusty at the box office.

Its five-day opening, after debuting on Wednesday, June 21, comes in at $69 million, which itself is just below the $70.5 million three day opening for the first Transformers movie, which opened in theaters nearly exactly 10 years ago. 2007's Transformers grossed $146 million in its first six days over the extended July 4th holiday weekend. Fans in Asia are taking up the slack with a good turnout that has lifted the 5th movie another $123 Million from China alone. The United Kingdom, Russia, Korea, Australia and Germany all saw a dip in revenue compared to the series' previous entry, Transformers: Age of Extinction, which went on to cash in the highest global return of any film in 2014.

"Transformers: The Last Knight" from Paramount and Hasbro is projected to earn $196.2 million by Sunday from 41 worldwide markets.

Confederations Cup: Germany, Chile advance to semi-final
Cameroon leaves Russian Federation early and might not be back next year, given its struggles in qualifying. Chile is now topping Group B of the tournament with four points and a goal differential of two.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros Pictures' Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot continues to do fantastic at the box office. Since the film came out on Wednesday, June 21, its domestic total so far is $69 million. Marvel's latest hit made $3 million in its eighth weekend to raise its domestic total to $380.2 million. And at $652.9 million globally, it's the highest grossing film directed by a woman, not accounting for inflation.

Eyes on this: Rounding out the top five is Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me, with Demetrius Shipp the late rapper. 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. Also opening in limited release is Lionsgate's The Big Sick, which opened strong with $435,000 from just five theaters for a $87,000 per-screen average.

Speeding into second was the third installment in Pixar's Cars franchise, with US$25.2 million in its second weekend.

Russian adventure over for Cameroon
Werner evaded Adolphe Teikeu to meet a cross from Kimmich and open his worldwide account with his stooping header. Cameroon have crashed out of the Confederations Cup while Germany have topped Group B with seven points.

Coming in eighth is Rough Night.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is the #9 film with $4.2 million.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", $3 million. Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from "Despicable Me 3", "Baby Driver", and "The House".

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We're gonna - we're gonna - we're gonna import their passion about that. And this might have entered into Amazon's bid for Whole Foods.

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