In 2015, the powers that be at Hasbro had grand plans for their Transformers movie franchise: four movies in the next decade. They even hired a crack team of A-list Hollywood scribes — including Daredevil showrunner Steven S DeKnight and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman — to map out the narrative game plan.
That was the plan.
But then something happened: 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight under-performed at the global box-office. The five Transformer movies — all directed by Michael Bay — have collectively made over US$4.4 billion (S$6.02 bill) worldwide, but The Last Knight took home the least dough of US$605 million.
This led to Paramount Pictures, Hasbro’s movie partner, to yank the seventh Transformers movie from its 2019 schedule. The future of the franchise is in doubt. Now all hopes are pinned on the spin-off Bumblebee, opening this week.
If the Hailee Steinfeld-starring adventure does well, it can be the beginning of a new series. If not….well, we’ll talk about that when we get there. Meanwhile, let’s see which Transformers movie made the most at the local box-office, and which one made the least.
Box-office figures: UIP; figures adjusted for inflation