Monday, June 26, 2017

Transformers Future Murky After Last Knight's Opening Weekend

While Transformers: The Last Knight was #1 movie released this weekend in the US and everywhere else it was released, the numbers add up to a very bad picture. In the United States the movie's opening weekend was a franchise low with an estimate of $69 million dollars. The movie also opened in 41 international markets for an estimated take of $196.2M resulting in a worldwide total of $265.3M worldwide total for its first weekend release. Most of that was because of a franchise high opening weekend in China of $123.4M.

While on the surface the numbers seem impressive but trouble spots indicate the franchise will fail to three-peat on a $1 billion box office take. The $69M in the United States includes the early Tuesday to Sunday night so the movie is going to die a quick death in the US as it is unlikely it will cross $150M in the States.

Paramount's plan was always the international box office after ever increasing returns with 77.8% of Age of Extinction's grosses coming from the international box office so was safe to assume that near same 20% US/80% Intl split for The Last Knight. A prediction that is currently holding true. "The movie was conceived of for a global audience and it performed for a global audience. You aren’t making the movie with just the U.S. in mind," said Paramount president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Man At Arms Builds a Real Optimus Prime Sword

Below is an interesting video that gets into how the team at Man At Arms builds the sword of Optimus Prime, as inspired by Transformers: The Last Knight. Been watching their reforged series for a while and recommend checking out their other builds.

Voice of Cogman Talks Filming the Character

Jim Carter, the voice of Cogman, spoke with HeyUGuys about filming the character which did involve him being on set with Sir Anthony Hopkins. He however did not do the motion capture, that was handled by an actress. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bumblebee Movie to Start Filming in August

In a recent interview with Screenrant, Transformers movies franchise producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura briefly spoke about the future of the cinematic universe. He also indicated that a Transformers movie a year isn't a guarantee.
“Well we’re going to shoot a prequel actually, a Bumblebee movie, which starts in August, so next summer we’ll see a Bumblebee movie. And then we hope to have another Transformers movie the following summer.“

“Look, I always wait for the audience, because there’s an arrogance to getting ahead of your audience. When you do, you get punched. So we’ll wait each time. We’re planning a lot of movies, but you’ve got to have the audience’s support, because these movies are very expensive.“
The start date of principle photography makes sense as it allows time for the producers to finish up their Last Knight promotional efforts to focus on the movie while providing time to make script adjustments based on the negative reviews the movie has received from critics and audiences and still hit the Jun 8, 2018 release date. Also the 'Bee movie is expected to have a much lower budget (and thus much less special effects) which will not require as long a post-production process as the Bay entries do. As for Transformers 6, they have until end of next summer to begin filming before things get tight schedule wise to risk missing its summer 2018 release.

24 Reasons All Transformers Movies Are the Same

Via Couch Tomato, here is a pretty spot on take on the similarities between all the Transformers movies, most of which the fifth installment also shares. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spoiler-Free Transformers: The Last Knight Review

ly isn't. Its the exact same formula as the previous four films. There is a McGuffin, the bad guys want it to save Cybertron at the expense of Earth. The good guys want it to save the day. Since its a Transformer McGuffin that means it was hidden in the past, it must be found through a series of coincidences in information drops (the one involving Stonehenge was clever), and victory is achieved by a human activating (or deactivating it) to save the day. The rest is just window dressing around that core story to make it seem more complicated then it really is.

This ultimately remains the consistent problem with the Bay version of the Transformers. Making things look complicated that are not or do not have to be at the expense of everything else (except the Bayhem of course). This story introduces a whole lot of characters of which none really matter. There really is only a few characters you should pay attention. To main one, of course, is Cade Yeager (I am in it for the paycheck Mark Wahlberg) who is missing his daughter and hiding from the Transformers Response Force (TRF) in a junk yard with the rest of the Autobots from Age of Extinction minus Optimus Prime and gets his own half McGuffin piece even though it really only matters for one cool moment in the third act. Sir Edmund Burton (having fun Anthony Hopkins) is an exposition factory whose role as last remaining member of a society that kept all the secret knowledge of Transformers history could have easily been handed off to voice over, text, or a book that Vivian Wembley (always game Laura Haddock) finds. Haddock does the best she can with the what is really the sidekick role but ultimately her job is to be pretty and provide love interest looks in between battle sequences.

Everything Wrong with Transformers: The Movie (1986)

From the Cinema Sins, they focus their humor and nitpicking eye on 1986's The Transformers: The Movie. Per usual, even when I like the film I have a hard time disagreeing with their observations. Not entirely kid safe due to cussing.

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