Reasons Why 'Transformers: The Last Knight' Folded at the Domestic Box Office

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But the bloated run times, insanely convoluted storylines, and sophomoric at best (robots kicking each other in the groin area), and racially insensitive at worst (Skids and Mudflap), have made this entire series a blight on the summer schedule every time one comes out.

It focuses entirely on Quintessa, the original creator of the Transformers and Cybertron, the planet they originated from. Sounds like a reach, right? Korea was the next highest with $13 million, Russian Federation followed with $8.9 million, and the United Kingdom brought in $5.7 million.

What Quintessa has in store for the Transformers, who are effectively her kids, and the rest of humanity, whom she considers her enemy, seems to be where the series is headed.

On the Decepticons side we have Megatron, voiced by Frank Welker, the revived leader of the Decepticons, who possessed a human-made K.S.I. drone in Age of Extinction and transforms into a silver Cybertronian jet; and Barricade, a Decepticon scout who survived the Chicago War in Dark of the Moon that transforms into a 2016 Ford Mustang police vehicle featuring a new robot mode.

The considerable army of Autobots consists of Optimus Prime, who transforms into a blue and red 2014 Western Star 5700 Custom with flame decals, voiced by Peter Cullen. A special military agency called the Transformers Reaction Force (TRF) is hunting down the remaining Transformers. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of the Transformers on Earth. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011) grossed $41.4 million on its Wednesday launch, and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" opened with $73.5 million.

Saving the world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance between Cade Yeager (played by Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, and an English Lord (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins).




One of the stars of the film, Josh Duhamel, spoke on just what makes being a part of a Bay film such a one-of-a-kind experience.

Age of Extinction then did something novel by scaling the conflict down from world-ending proportions to your average evil-corporation-based tech thriller. By filling the time with boring, useless human characters that's how. Additionally, Gemma Chan plays the role of Quintessa, a Cybertronian sorceress, and creator of Cybertronians.

Whether it is American actress Megan Fox or British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, they are frequently sexual beings in the films, having little to do besides looking good. It's as if the filmmakers made a decision to address the decline in popularity to the series by throwing everything they could think of into this go around.

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It's hard to tell what's causing the dwindling interest in the Transformers series in the USA, but one possible culprit could be the excessive length in the film installments (The Last Knight clocks in at 2 hours 29 minutes) - or fans could simply be tiring of Bay's bombastic directing style (referred to by some as "Bayhem"). Heroes will become villains.

The movie is 2 hours and 29 minutes and rated PG-13.

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