The staggering level of product placement in Michael Bay movies

It looks like audiences - or Western ones, at least - may finally be tiring of the Transformers franchise, with the latest instalment Transformers: The Last Knight debuting to a series low at the USA box office, grossing a $69.1 million five-day opening, and just $45.3 million across the Friday to Sunday period. That includes a Friday-Sunday take of $45.3 million.

It should be noted all the other Transformers movies are rotten as well; however, Transformers: The Last Knight is on its way to being the lowest opening for any of Bay's Transformers movies. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011) grossed $41.4 million on its Wednesday launch, and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" opened with $73.5 million.

The fifth Transformers film absolutely doesn't disappoint in that regard, serving up the weirdest and most gleefully over-the-top entry in the series to date.

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As most of you know from the trailers, the fifth installment expands the mythology of the Transformers universe by introducing a medieval-centric backstory with Mark Wahlberg reprising his lead role from Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Michael Bay's Transformers franchise is going to be looked back on by film scholars as one of the most peculiar artifacts of our current blockbuster era.

At one point in The Last Knight, #AnthonyHopkins's character, Sir Edmund Burton, reveals to Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) that she's a descendant from Merlin's (yes, the actual wizard) Witwiccan bloodline, which would later be known as Witwicky. Not only did it waste yet another minute of the audience's time, but it also realized everyone's worst fear-there will nearly definitely be another film, and it will probably be just as bad, if not worse. In the first movie it was a pair of glasses, the second something called the matrix, and in this one a big stick. It will now be up to newly installed Paramount chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos to decide the fate of any further chapters beyond the spinoff. The worldwide total is now $652.9 million, which means the movie is now the top-grossing live-action film directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins), surpassing previous record holder Mamma Mia!

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Battling for No. 2: Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Disney-Pixar's Cars 3 are in a dead heat for second place with $25.2 million. Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from "Despicable Me 3", "Baby Driver", and "The House".

"Cars 3" has earned 99.9 million after just 10 days in theaters in North America. It fell 53 percent domestically, a relatively steep decline for an animated event film. The film has earned about $153.8 million so far in the US, but internationally, ticket sales have soared to $500.6 million, and it still hasn't been released in Japan.

Indie shark movie 47 Meters Down placed No. 4 with $7.4 million, while All Eyez on Me and The Mummy were in a close race for the No. 5 spot with roughly $5.8 million each. The film, which opened in limited release, has brought in an estimated $435,000 from five locations with a per-screen average of $87,000.

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