Transformers Rules Box Office

Though latest installment not pulling in as much as earlier ones
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2017 12:50 PM CDT
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Optimus Prime in a scene from "Transformers: The Last Knight."   (Bay Films)
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(Newser) – Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight scored a franchise-low debut but still easily topped the North American box office with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend. The Paramount Pictures release, the fifth in the Transformers series, totaled $69.1 million in five days, after opening Wednesday, per the AP. But it was a huge hit in China, where it debuted with $123.4 million. Wonder Woman and Cars 3 tied for second place, both with $25.2 million.

Nearly a month after opening, Wonder Woman continues to be a major draw. In four weeks, it has surpassed $300 million domestically. In limited release, Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed romantic comedy The Big Sick landed the best per-screen average of the year. It opened in five theaters, grossing an average of $87,000 from each. (Its reviews are strong.)

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