‘Transformers’ Prequel ‘Bumblebee’ Gets China Release Date

“Bumblebee,” the sixth installment of Paramount’s “Transformers” franchise, will rumble into Chinese theaters on Jan.

4, 2019.

That is two weeks after its U.S.

outing.The prequel is set 20 years before 2007’s first “Transformers” film, and follows the story of a government agency chasing down autobot Bumblebee and the teenage girl who befriends him, played by Hailee Steinfeld.

It is the first movie in the series not to be shot by director Michael Bay, who was nevertheless involved as producer.The previous two “Transformers” films were bigger hits in China than they were in the U.S.

Last year, “Transformers: The Last Knight” took in $229 million in China — $99 million more than in U.S.

— and 2014’s “Transformers: The Age of Extinction” $320 million, outstripping its $245 million showing in the States.The opening day windfall for “The Last Knight” was one of the best of all time in China.

Nevertheless, the film

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