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'Transformers' tops box office but is biggest in China


That is not all. That trend would continue with the last installment, 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which opened with $100 million (40.8% of its domestic total), with $245.4 million domestic and $1.1 billion worldwide, thanks to a whopping $320 million from China alone. She has an incredible fight- or-flight response and she always chooses to fight. After explaining to Optimus what happened to his homeworld, she offers him a chance at restoring Cybertron, but how? In the midst of all the robots and cars and explosions, a woman is in the middle of it all and being the powerhouse that she is.

"She's so strong and so young, only 14 and going straight into battle - that's nearly unheard of in these movies". I tried hard to ignore the glaring issues on show mainly because of a stunning lack of character development throughout despite the nearly two and a half hours running time.

That may be why the film is, at times, surprisingly watchable.

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What's odd here is the fact that the first Transformers film was mediocre, and they've gone downhill since then.

Two years later, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released, and it was the weakest of the entire franchise - something even Bay admits.

Due to The Last Knight's disappointing opening, overall box-office revenue was down more than 25 percent from the same weekend a year ago, but analysts are confident business will pick up next weekend, when Baby Driver and Despicable Me 3 open.

Oh, and don't worry-in typical "Transformers" fashion, Bay made sure to include another finale that never ends in this film, lasting about 45 minutes too long and avoiding closure for any of the characters' stories.

Thursday wasn't expected to be high for Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight at the domestic B.O., but the downer $8.1M day, off 48% from its $15.65M opening, doesn't help the Hasbro pic's five day opening.

Haddock says with a chuckle: "Well, he's said that before".

I have been a Transformers fanboy since I was a child. "But usually I'm going with Bay".

"He's so protective over this unbelievable thing that he's created that I can't imagine him walking away and letting somebody take over the helm". All of them will be visiting theaters this summer, most as perennials of the blockbusters sphere.

This movie series can only wish it had the depth and coherence of the "Star Wars" franchise, but the homage is nice, and Cogman and Edmund have some witty moments, something the more plodding sequels lacked. It's just beyond me.

Meanwhile newcomer Laura Haddock and Wahlberg had lots of stunts and running to do on the action packed set.

And don't forget to look for the latest article each week to see what else will be playing at the movies. "And he could do it".

It's hard to tell how significant this will really be since it seems like each Transformers movie mostly stands on its own with little to no regard for the events of the previous movies.

Will Wahlberg come back for more too? I haven't seen any others and don't want to. I reviewed it under the title "The Age of Exhaustion".

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