We’re halfway through 2017 and of the 312 movies released theatrically in the United States (according to Box Office Mojo) so far this year, less than ten percent are certified blockbusters.
Okay, so that number includes reissues and limited release pictures, but it also includes the likes of The Mummy and Transformers: The Last Knight, which despite their huge grosses have left analysts pondering the future of their respective franchises. The Last Knight made $265 million worldwide in its first week, which sounds impressive until you look at the domestic numbers.
With $45 million, The Last Knight had the worst domestic opening weekend of any Transformers movie. Its predecessor, Age Of Extinction, enjoyed a $100 million opening back in 2014 while the original opened with $70 million way back in 2007.
With a new big bucks extravaganza unleashed every week, there are bound to be casualties and only time will tell if The Last Knight underperforms in the US. Whatever the outcome, the movie has already performed better than the following pictures, each of which was expected to launch or continue a franchise and instead cast doubt on future movies.