‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Leads a Sunny Summer Box Office Weekend

A better-than-expected showing for “Transformers-Rise-of-the-Beasts-2022-movie-posters/”>Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” (Paramount) is only one reason why this is a good box-office weekend.

The expensive Hasbro toy franchise ($200 million before marketing) grossed $110 million overseas, above its $60.5 million domestic take.

Greater international strength was expected, and needed: It will need well over $500 million worldwide to cover its costs and there’s intense competition ahead,starting with Warner Bros.

Discovery’s “The Flash” June 16.If summer 2023 has a shot at the hoped-for $4 billion, films like “Transformers” need robust openings.

Stage two is sustaining strong runs.That’s what #2 “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony) and #3 “The Little Mermaid” (Disney) did to buttress the weekend.

The Marvel animated film, faced with the loss of most of its premium screens and “Transformers” competition, grossed more than $55 million this weekend.

Ten days in, it’s already has bested the original “Spider-Verse” and stands at $225 million domestic, $377 million worldwide.

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