'Transformers' tops box office but is biggest in China

Wendy Jensen
June 28, 2017

Worldwide, the Gal Gadot-starring Wonder Woman has grossed a total of $652.9 million for studio Warner Bros. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy was made for $125 million and stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe. On the $149 million budget, it's a huge hit.

Turns out I was very wrong thinking there was no way 47 Meters Down could be a hit in the same vein as last year's The Shallows. To date, the Amazonian princess has made $318.3 million domestically, which is less than $12 million behind the run of "Batman v. Superman" and $7 million behind "Suicide Squad".

Of the new independent releases, A Quiet Passion and Hindi drama Tubelight registered well while Una was OK and McLaren tanked.

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With Transformers making more of a dent in overseas markets this weekend, Wonder Woman saw more erosion dropping 49% there to $20.5M.

In sixth is The Mummy with $5.8 million. On Friday, the film soared past the $300 million mark and is expected to end the weekend with $319.4 million. The James Gunn directed sequel has now made a total of $471 million internationally for a new global tally of $851.2 million.

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales clung to 10th spot, digging up $229,000 in its fifth voyage on 139, down 64 per cent, for a total of $13.9 million. The animated family film now stands at $65.7 million. It is currently targeting perhaps $175 million in the United States, with a tiny profit seeming probable now based on the $230 million production budget. That's not the hold that Sony wanted for this R-rated comedy, which flopped in its debut last weekend. The Chinese box office contributed all of $123.4 million to the global opening tally of $196 million. This formed the bulk of the movie's estimated $196 million in gross ticket sales overseas. "Transformers" cost at least $350 million to make and market worldwide, with the cost shouldered by Paramount and a variety of financing partners, including the Chinese film company Huahua Media. That puts it on course for around as $390 million and a money maker on a $200 million budget. The latest from Pixar is now up to $99.8 million and should start to see its numbers go down a bit with the impending arrival of Despicable Me 3 next weekend.

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In 2007, the generally well-reviewed first film only contended for Worst Supporting Actor (Jon Voight, who was also cited for "Bratz", "National Treasure: Book of Secrets", and "September Dawn"), but the first sequel, "Revenge of the Fallen", fell hard in 2009 with seven nominations and a "win" for Worst Picture.

Two big films reported the exact same weekend estimate and tied for second place with finals counted on Monday set to determine the final order.

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