|Aug 8, 1986||The Transformers: The Movie||$1,779,559||$5,849,647||$5,849,647|
|Jul 2, 2007||Transformers||$151,000,000||$70,502,384||$319,246,193||$708,272,592|
|Jun 24, 2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||$210,000,000||$108,966,307||$402,111,870||$836,519,699||Play|
|Jun 29, 2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||$195,000,000||$97,852,865||$352,390,543||$1,123,790,543||Play|
|Jun 27, 2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$210,000,000||$100,038,390||$245,439,076||$1,104,039,076||Play|
|Jun 21, 2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||$217,000,000||$37,485,489||$90,166,455||Play|
Box Office History for Transformers Movies
|Nov 7, 2006||The Transformers: The Movie||$15,042,163||$833,771||$15,875,934|
|Oct 16, 2007||Transformers||$295,062,822||$7,975,985||$303,038,807|
|Oct 20, 2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||$221,996,361||$50,117,889||$272,114,250|
|Sep 30, 2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||$56,931,041||$55,570,186||$112,501,227|
|Sep 30, 2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$27,358,818||$35,900,734||$63,259,552|
June 24th, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight suffered a 48% plummet on Thursday to earn just $8.14 million; however, it bounced back on Friday with $13.69 million. If we again compare this to Dark of the Moon, which is the last film in the franchise to open on a Wednesday, we get mixed messages. The Last Knight fell faster on Thursday (48% to 43%) but bounced back more on Friday (68% to 53%). If we assume The Last Knight will continue to outperform Dark of the Moon over the rest of the weekend, then it will earn about $42 million over the three-day weekend and $66 million over five. This is the worst opening in the franchise by a wide margin, but there is good news for Paramount, as the film earned $41.46 million during its first day in China, and $47.55 million if you include previews. The international numbers will save this film and justify more sequels.
June 22nd, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight got off to a weak start on Wednesday earning only $15.65 million. That’s not a great start. Fortunately, Cars 3 and Wonder Woman should have strong holds this weekend and that will help the overall box office numbers. They probably won’t help enough to top this weekend last year in the year-over-year comparison, but it should be close.
June 21st, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight got off to a weak start with $5.5 million during Tuesday night previews. This is the worst in the franchise, not counting the first film, which opened before previews like this were commonplace. As for more recent comparisons, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales earned an identical amount, but that opened on a Friday, so it is not a great comparison. Perhaps Dark of the Moon is a better comparison, as it was also a Wednesday release. It earned $13.5 million in 2011, $5.5 million on Tuesday and another $8 million after midnight. (Studios no longer split the preview box office up like that.) If The Last Knight has the same legs, then it would open with $40 million / $66 million over the three-day / five-day weekend. Unfortunately, its reviews are simply awful at just 16% positive. Furthermore, early reports suggest the audience reaction won’t be much better. It’s too soon to tell if this film is going to underperform already low expectations, but this is not a good sign.
June 21st, 2017
We have early predictions this week, as Transformers: The Last Knight is out in theaters on Wednesday. (We will get to the holdovers at the regular time.) The Last Knight has to be a monster hit, because the studio, Paramount, is in a slump the likes of which you rarely see. The last time they had a $200 million hit domestically was the last Transformer movie to hit theaters. The last time they had more than a 10% share of the box office was the last time they had the distribution rights to some of the MCU movies. Speaking of combined universes, The Last Knight is supposed to be the creation of a new Hasbro Combined Universe with this franchise and G.I. Joe being the heart of the new universe. This could fail for the same reasons The Mummy failed to jump start the Dark Universe franchise. Namely, the reviews are terrible and audiences are tired of combined universes being forced instead of growing organically.
June 1st, 2017
May was a really soft month with only one unqualified hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, which is climbing towards $375 million domestically. The second biggest hit of the month will be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and I would be surprised if it tops $150 million by any serious margin. June looks a lot more profitable. There are five weeks and every week there is at least one film with a great shot at $100 million or more. In fact, there are four films with at least a decent shot at $200 million and we could double the number of $300 million hits released so far this year. Wonder Woman is widely expected to start the month with an explosive debut and pulling in more than $100 million during its opening weekend is more and more likely. That said, Despicable Me 3 will probably end up being the biggest hit overall with over $300 million. Meanwhile, Cars 3 and Transformers: The Last Knight are both aiming for $200 million. Last June was not particularly strong, outside of one hit. Finding Dory earned nearly $500 million domestically, while the second best film, Central Intelligence, barely earned a quarter of that. I don’t think any film will come close to Finding Dory, but there’s a lot more depth this time around and I have high hopes 2017 will extend its lead.
August 10th, 2016
As expected, Suicide Squad easily won the international box office race pulling in $132 million in 57 markets. However, its results in individual markets were mixed when compared to its domestic opening, as well as when compared to Batman v Superman. For example, the film earned first place in Russia with $11.42 million over the weekend, while BvS opened with $7.84 million. It is also a little better than its debut here, given the size of the two markets, and the slumping rubles. On the other hand, the film managed $13.9 million in the U.K., compared to BvS’s opening of $20.66 million. Likewise, a $13.9 million opening in the U.K. is equivalent to about $90 million here, which is much less than its debut here. That’s still a huge opening, but not a monster opening. BvS finished with over $500 million internationally; if Suicide Squad finishes with just under $400 million internationally, it will break even, so the studio can’t be too upset. They could yell, “Damn the critics, full speed ahead.” and let the D.C. Extended Universe turn into another Transformers. Hit after hit, but critically reviled.
July 24th, 2016
Star Trek Beyond will fall just short of $60 million at the box office this weekend, according to Sunday estimates from Paramount. The studio has the film coming in at $59.6 million over three days, which is substantially short of the $79.2 million earned on debut by Star Trek (the reboot) in 2009, and the $70.2 million made by Star Trek Into Darkness. The so-so start comes in spite of excellent reviews, which are now running at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the franchise seems to have trouble reaching beyond its core audience.
January 20th, 2016
As anticipated, Ride Along 2 earned first place over the long weekend earning more than it cost to make in just four days. The other two wide releases were less successful. Despite costing more to make, 13 Hours earned less than half Ride Along 2 opened with, while the less said about Norm of the North, the better. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was pushed into third place over the three-day weekend, but it rose to first place on the daily chart on Monday. It is not done yet. The overall, the three-day weekend was up 4.2% from last weekend; however, it was down 18% from last year. This is not surprising, as this weekend last year, American Sniper set the record for biggest January weekend. Year-to-date, 2016 has pulled in $693 million, giving 2016 an early lead over 2015. That lead was cut to 5.9% or $39 million and will likely be cut further next weekend. Hopefully it won't be entirely gone.
September 30th, 2014
Transformers: Age of Extinction leads the pack of new releases this week, at least in terms of sales potential. It is by far not the best movie on this week's list, but it does appear to have to scared away a lot of the competition. Fortunately, the next best selling new release is Chef on Blu-ray Combo Pack, which is a clear contender for Pick of the Week. The main competitor for this title is Once Upon a Time in America on Blu-ray, but I'm going with Chef.
September 29th, 2014
If you look at our list of franchises, none have made more money in as few installments as Transformers has earned. On the other hand, if you look at the top ten franchises, none of them have earned as much critical scorn as the Transformers films have earned. Only the first one managed to come close to overall positive reviews. Depending on who you talk to, the most recent installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has been called the best of the sequels or the worst of the sequels. Which camp do I fall under?
July 10th, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the only new wide release of the week and since last week's new releases underperformed, it will dominate the box office this weekend. In fact, it will dominate the box office, even if it barely managed to live up to its predecessor. Transformers: Age of Extinction will be well back with less than $20 million, while Tammy might not reach $10 million. By comparison, this weekend last year, there were two films that earned more than $40 million (Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2) and a total of six films earned $10 million or more. 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison.
July 7th, 2014
As expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction won the race to the top of the box office chart and did so with ease. However, that film, and practically every film in the top five, failed to live up to expectations. Tammy still took second place with ease, but it was the only other film to earn more than $10 million over the Independence Day long weekend. Overall, the box office pulled in $132 million over the weekend, which is 27% less than last weekend. Compared to the same weekend last year, the box office was 42% lower this year. Ouch. To put this into perspective, even if you take out Despicable Me 2 from last year's box office, 2014 would have still failed to match 2013's weekend numbers. Year-to-date, 2014 is now $130 million or 2.4% below 2013's pace at $5.35 billion to $5.48 billion. It is still too early to panic, but if things don't turn around soon, the panic button will be pushed.
July 3rd, 2014
There are three wide releases and a wide expansion this week all hoping to take advantage if the Independence Day long weekend. (There was to be one more wide expansion, but Begin Again is expanding to less than 200 theaters.) Tammy is the biggest of these wide releases and it is the latest Melissa McCarthy vehicle and might be a surprise $100 million hit. Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo were in a close battle for third place on Wednesday, but I think their futures will be quite different. Finally, America: Imagine a World Without Her is expanding to over 1,000 theaters. This isn't enough to compete with the new releases, but it could compete for a spot in the top ten. While there are a lot of new releases, Transformers: Age of Extinction will win the race for top spot in the box office chart, unless something surprising happens. The only thing more surprising than Age of Extinction getting knocked out of top spot would be if the overall box office was stronger that the same weekend last year when Despicable Me 2 opened with more than $80 million during the three-day weekend.
June 30th, 2014
As expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction easily won the race for the top of the box office chart and became the first film released in 2014 to earn more than $100 million during its opening weekend. Granted, it barely made it, but we will take it. This helped the overall box office climb by 20% to $190 million over the weekend. Unfortunately, this was still 8% lower than the same weekend last year when Monsters University repeated at the box office champion. Year-to-date, 2014 has pulled in $5.11 billion, which is 0.3% below 2013's pace of $5.13 billion. This is still close enough that we shouldn't panic, but the trajectory is going in the wrong direction.
June 26th, 2014
There is only one wide release of the week, but it is a potential monster hit. It is also potentially the last in a very profitable franchise. Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth film in the Transformers franchise, a franchise that has averaged more than $350 million at the box office. However, they have also averaged well below 50% positive reviews and the poor critical response could finally be taking its toll. It will still crush the competition this weekend, but it likely won't live up to past installments in the franchise. It will also beat last year's new releases and more than double the first place film; however that might not be enough to save 2014. Last year there were five films that pulled in $20 million or more. This year there will be only one. In fact, there will be only four films that pull in $10 million or more.
June 1st, 2014
It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.
January 28th, 2014
There are a large number of first run releases coming out this week on the home market, five in total. This is a huge amount. This week, the latest season of Downton Abby also comes out on the home market, and it is the best selling new release of the week, at least according to Amazon.com. So at the top, it is a really busy week. On the other hand, there's very little depth. Beyond those six releases, there's not a lot to talk about. Out of all of the movies on this week's list, Rush is the best movie, but the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack are only good and not great. On the other hand, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray or 3D Blu-ray is the best total package. Meanwhile, I finally got a chance to review Carrie (the screener arrived late) and it was better than I thought it would be and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is worth picking up, especially if you haven't seen the original movie.
February 1st, 2013
For the most part, January was a really good month and 2013 got off to a really good start. I'm not so sure about February, on the other hand. There's only one film that has a statistically significant shot at $100 million, A Good Day to Die Hard, but I'm a little concerned that it won't live up to expectations. The franchise has been around a long time and it is possible that the target audience has either moved on or are too young to remember when these films were huge at the box office. The film I'm most looking forward to seeing is Warm Bodies, which is earning amazing early reviews (the keyword there is "early"), but it is too high-concept to be a major hit. Last February, there were a couple of films that topped $100 million, plus a few other midlevel hits. I would like to think that would also be the case this year, but I have to be more cautious than that. The evidence points to a weak month ahead, for the most part.
Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Peter Cullen||6||Optimus Prime||$3,868,638,012||$4,131,928,317||93.6%|
|Josh Duhamel||4||Lt. Colonel William Lennox||$2,758,749,289||$3,308,080,780||83.4%|
|Tyrese Gibson||4||Sergeant Epps||$2,758,749,289||$7,635,315,969||36.1%|
|John Turturro||4||Agent Seymour Simmons||$2,758,749,289||$5,234,889,162||52.7%|
|Shia LaBeouf||3||Sam Witwicky||$2,668,582,834||$5,262,690,528||50.7%|
|Kevin Dunn||3||Ron Witwicky||$2,668,582,834||$4,553,537,768||58.6%|
|Mark Wahlberg||2||Cade Yeager||$1,194,205,531||$5,488,473,852||21.8%|
|Stanley Tucci||2||Joshua Joyce||$1,194,205,531||$9,475,858,837||12.6%|
|Megan Fox||2||Mikaela Banes||$1,544,792,291||$2,648,268,787||58.3%|
|Anthony Anderson||2||Glen Whitmann||$1,544,792,291||$3,752,856,609||41.2%|
|Julie White||2||Judy Witwicky||$1,960,310,242||$2,378,290,266||82.4%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.
Executive Producer (4)
|Don Murphy||5||Producer (5)||$3,862,788,365||$4,203,215,896||91.9%|
|Tom DeSanto||5||Producer (5)||$3,862,788,365||$4,566,839,631||84.6%|
|Lorenzo di Bonaventura||5||Producer (5)||$3,862,788,365||$6,132,654,190||63.0%|
|Ian Bryce||5||Producer (5)||$3,862,788,365||$8,818,361,992||43.8%|
|Steve Jablonsky||5||Composer (5)||$3,862,788,365||$6,027,206,947||64.1%|
|Steven Spielberg||4||Executive Producer (4)||$3,772,621,910||$22,812,923,454||16.5%|
|Brian Goldner||4||Executive Producer (4)||$3,772,621,910||$4,568,193,300||82.6%|
|Mark Vahradian||4||Executive Producer (4)||$3,772,621,910||$4,837,240,399||78.0%|
Supervising Sound Editor (3)
Sound Designer (2)
Associate Producer (3)
Stunt Coordinator (1)
|Ehren Kruger||3||Screenwriter (3)||$3,064,349,318||$3,919,961,339||78.2%|
|Roger Barton||3||Editor (3)||$3,064,349,318||$6,607,355,738||46.4%|
|Allegra Clegg||3||Co-Producer (3)||$3,064,349,318||$3,993,485,881||76.7%|
|Paul Rubell||3||Editor (3)||$2,648,831,367||$7,077,794,811||37.4%|
|Deborah L. Scott||3||Costume Designer (3)||$2,668,582,834||$9,431,056,644||28.3%|
|Peter J. Devlin||3||Sound Mixer (3)||$2,936,102,211||$5,628,239,573||52.2%|
|Ethan Van der Ryn||3||
Supervising Sound Editor (3)
Sound Designer (1)
|Greg P. Russell||3||Re-recording Mixer (3)||$3,064,349,318||$13,180,797,176||23.2%|
|John Frazier||3||Special Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,936,102,211||$6,797,947,168||43.2%|
|Scott Farrar||3||Visual Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,936,102,211||$4,524,026,646||64.9%|
|Denise Chamian||3||Casting Director (3)||$3,064,349,318||$9,744,515,603||31.4%|
Story Creator (1)
Story Creator (1)
|Amir Mokri||2||Cinematographer (2)||$2,227,829,619||$4,744,507,090||47.0%|
|William Goldenberg||2||Editor (2)||$2,227,829,619||$4,997,326,028||44.6%|
|Joel Negron||2||Editor (2)||$1,960,310,242||$3,693,933,679||53.1%|
|Thomas Muldoon||2||Editor (2)||$1,544,792,291||$1,544,792,291||100.0%|
|Nigel Phelps||2||Production Designer (2)||$1,960,310,242||$4,262,428,898||46.0%|
|Julian Ashby||2||Art Director (2)||$1,960,310,242||$3,268,519,034||60.0%|
|Benjamin Edelberg||2||Art Director (2)||$2,227,829,619||$2,759,454,139||80.7%|
|Ben Procter||2||Art Director (2)||$1,940,558,775||$2,068,542,058||93.8%|
|Jennifer Williams||2||Set Decorator (2)||$1,960,310,242||$3,860,421,150||50.8%|
Associate Producer (1)
|Gary Summers||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$1,960,310,242||$11,298,634,789||17.3%|
Second Unit Director (2)
Stunt Coordinator (2)
|Rosemary Brandenberg||2||Set Decorator (2)||$1,812,311,668||$7,684,763,508||23.6%|
|Jeffrey J. Haboush||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$2,227,829,619||$5,612,948,924||39.7%|
Assistant Director (2)
|Scott Benza||2||Animation Supervisor (2)||$1,812,311,668||$2,373,449,395||76.4%|
|Simon Warnock||2||Assistant Director (2)||$1,832,063,135||$3,735,743,478||49.0%|