Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Robots in decline

Not that it’ll have any bearing on the future of the franchise—whose writers’ room is currently working on a solid decade’s worth of sequels—but it does seem that America is suffering from Transformers fatigue. That’s a relative statement, of course: Transformers: The Last Knight still came in at No. 1 at the domestic box office, albeit with a weaker opening than any other film in the franchise at $69 million. (Yep, that’s a franchise low, which goes a long way towards explaining why these things keep coming out.) That puts extra pressure on the film to perform in foreign markets; if it doesn’t, Transformers 8 might set a new record for biggest-budget VOD release of all time.

The No. 2 film, Cars 3, split the difference between the sentient mechanics of The Last Knight and the feminist message of the No. 3 film …

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