It seems like the movie, Bumblebee is performing really well box office.
According to a report by Variety, the film has taken the top spot in markets over the weekend and has grossed $82.7 million in 63 foreign markets. In the debut in China, the movie had earned $59.4 million, as it had debuted in 9,180 locations. This would bring the movie’s total box office to $289 million.
This will ends the 4-week box office streak that DC’s Aquaman had held with the DCEU movie having grossed $56.2 internationally. Aquaman now has $940 million worldwide, with the movie being projected to break the $1 billion record by next week.
While the movie, Aquaman holds a huge gross, the very fact that Bumblebee unseated this movie has to be noted. Bumblebee’s positive response from all the critics and the fans did not translate at the box office.
“[The film] has a lot of heart and a lot of soul. I think that that’s what people are learning after they see it,” Hailee Steinfeld said.
“And so, here I am, spreading the word. This is a film with a lot of heart and soul. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can find that as well as what you know and love from Transformers films.”
“There’s always going to be competition,” John Cena added.
“In the world of WWE, there’s always something that can take… they can give a consumer another way to buy a ticket. So I’m used to a very competitive atmosphere, and I don’t… you never want to… you never don’t want competition. I think competition is good for all movies, and it’s good for moviegoers. So I’m very happy with what it’s done.”
While this movie has not really grossed as much as the Transformers predecessors, it surely has marked a whole new narrative direction for this franchise:
“Reboot, I always hate that word because, for one, I’m not sure I really understand what it means,” Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, the franchise producer had said.
“We are going to do another big Transformers movie. It is going to be different than the ones that we’ve done before.”
“It’s not like we look at the elements of what we did before and go, ‘Well, let’s not do this’ or ‘Let’s not do that,’” Di Bonaventura added.
“It’s more about how do you evolve the experience for the fans. Let the fan have a new experience. When we did the first movie, at first there was a lot of pushback that we weren’t doing it the way it was done before,” he had said.
“My feeling was always that if we’d done it, you would’ve gone, ‘Well, I’ve already seen it.’ So how do you evolve things forward is I think the hardest thing because you’ve got to retain why people love it, but at the same time if you give them the same experience, they’re going to be bored with it.”
Bumblebee is now showing in theaters.