Australian Box Office Report: Transformers tops a crowded film franchise chart

It’s a sign of the times that the school holidays (and the USA’s summer blockbuster season) are upon us, as Transformers: The Last Knight tops the chart this week, making $4.46m in the process. It’s not a particularly impressive sum, however – the amount is the smallest opening weekend for a #1 film since King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword opened in theatres over a month ago.  Our reviewer didn’t love it, nor did many others worldwide, and it had the lowest debut of the series in the USA.  But still enough to top the charts in both territories.

Despicable Me 3 , last week’s no. 1 film, is now at no. 2, and earned $3.51m this week.  It didn’t stay at no. 1 for long, but has made $10.3m since its release.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT PARAMOUNT 4,468,592
2 DESPICABLE ME 3 UNIVERSAL 3,510,357
3 CARS 3 WALT DISNEY 2,201,236
4 WONDER WOMAN WARNER BROS 2,182,733
5 ROUGH NIGHT SONY PICTURES 899,628
6 ALL EYEZ ON ME ROADSHOW 682,786
7 THE MUMMY UNIVERSAL 675,603
8 BAYWATCH PARAMOUNT 401,016
9 TUBELIGHT MINDBLOWING FILMS 306,784
10 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES WALT DISNEY 228,543

Cars 3 opened at no. 3 this week, and earned $2.20m in the process, less than its 2011 opening for the relatively underwhelming Cars 2, when it made $5m in its opening weekend.  Despite this, it’s generated some relatively good reviews overall and should stick around the top 10 for some time to come.

Whilst takings for the top 3 titles were low overall, they performed well enough to push Wonder Woman, previously at no. 2, to 4th place.  This week it made $2.18m, and has made $23.63m since its release.

Last week’s other new release, Rough Night, remains steady at no. 5, earning $899k in its second week in theatres.  This will probably drift away off the top ten in the next week or so, with all the top titles being film franchises.

There were a fair few movements across the top ten list this week.  All Eyez On Me dropped from no. 3 to no. 6 in its second week (this week making $682k),  Baywatch dropped from no. 6 to no. 8 this week (earning $401k this week) and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales dropped from no. 7 to no. 10 (earning $228k this week), meaning this title is definitely on its way out of the top 10 list.

Next week, we should see Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul in the top 10 to appease the school kids on term break.

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australiaand Box Office Mojo.