LOS ANGELES – Transformers: The Last Knight smashed its way to the top of the North American box office, industry estimates showed Sunday, sending last week’s hit Cars 3 to second place.
The fifth instalment of the blockbuster franchise took in US$45.3 million (RM194.3 million) in its opening weekend but opened to a franchise low – the first Transformers movie not to premier to US$100 million (RM428.9 million) or more.
The visual-effects-heavy film features actors Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Anthony Hopkins.
Speeding into second was the third instalment in Pixar’s Cars franchise, with US$25.2 million (RM108 million) in its second weekend.
The animated flick features Lightning McQueen and his longtime friends fighting off a challenge from a new generation of racers, voiced by stars including Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, and Armie Hammer.
Superhero film Wonder Woman narrowly fell to third place with US$25.1 million (RM107.6 million) in earnings.
The action film starring Gal Gadot has made a total of US$318.3 million (RM1.3 billion) in domestic ticket sales in four weeks, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Gadot, of the Fast and Furious series, plays an Amazonian goddess-princess-superhero whose lasso, bracelet, and tiara have magical powers.
47 Meters Down, the adventures of two sisters who fend off a shark attack after going cage diving, scored US$7.4 million (RM31.7 million).
Coming in fifth was The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, which made US$5.8 million (RM24.8 million).
The film – the latest revival of the original Mummy made in 1932 – cost US$125 million (RM536.1 million) to make and has been widely panned by critics.
Rounding out the top 10 were:
All Eyez On Me (US$5.8 million, RM24.8 million)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (US$5.2 million, RM22.3 million)
Rough Night (US$4.7 million, RM20.1 million)
Captain Underpants (US$4.3 million, RM18.4 million)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (US$3 million, RM12.8 million) — AFP