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China Powers ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ to $196.2 Million Opening at International Box Office

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

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Seth Kelley reports: The latest “Transformers” movie is seeing the lowest domestic opening in franchise history, but overseas numbers tell a different story.

Transformers: The Last Knight” from Paramount and Hasbro is projected to earn $196.2 million by Sunday from 41 international markets. That, combined with the domestic take of $69.1 million, would put the film’s global opening at $265.3 million.

China is responsible for the bulk of the movie’s earnings. From 7,200 locations, “The Last Knight” should earn $123.4 million this weekend in the Middle Kingdom — the largest opening for a “Transformers” movie.

The next largest territory is Korea, where the movie should gross $13 million from 1,721 locations. Russia should post $8.9 million in earnings from 1,251 spots. Next, in the U.K., “The Last Knight” should pull $5.7 million from 576 locations. To round out the top five, Germany should report $4.7 million in earnings from 611 theaters.

“The Last Knight” is having the biggest Imax opening in “Transformers” franchise history with $16.7 million, including $11.7 million from China. Also, approximately 67% of the worldwide gross came from 3D ticket sales … (read more)

via Variety

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