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Movie Monday: ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Rises to Top

It’s no mirage. Despite a strong challenge from last week’s champ (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse), Transformers: Rise of the Beasts rolled to the top of the box-office standings. Optimus Prime and company took in an estimated $60.5 million in North America—not enough for the Autobots to return to Cybertron, but certainly plenty to give everyone a new pair of windshield wipers and then some.

Rise of the Beasts did even better overseas, banking $110 million (including $40 million in China). Clearly, the charismatic pull of robots in disguise knows no boundaries.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse kept the box-office tourney close, webbing $55.4 million in its own right to finish a strong second. Across the Spider-Verse has now swung to $228.8 million overall stateside, which makes it the fifth-most lucrative movie of 2023.

What’s fourth for the year? I’m glad you asked. It’sThe Little Mermaid.The movie got nickels and dimes aplenty, dollars and pennies galore. It earned $22.8 million this weekend to push its total take to $228.8 million. But who cares? No big deal. It wants more.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 continues its own impressive roll, flying to $7 million to finish fourth this weekend. It has earned $335.4 million (which, by the way, makes it the year’s second biggest movie—wedged between The Super Mario Bros. Movie at No. 1 and Avatar: The Way of Water at No. 3).

The Boogeyman closed out the top five with a $6.9 million weekend.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

3 Responses

  1. -The Little Mermaid seems to be underperforming internationally, but I’m hearing very good things about the movie from the people who saw it. I have no interest in “The Flash” as a movie, but I think its reception is going to be very mixed, partially because of Miller and frankly DC movie canon just confuses me now. If “Dungeons and Dragons” barely made a profit (I sure hope it makes a little something), “Shazam 2” seems to have flopped, and that doesn’t fill me with confidence for DC’s performances going forward (even Marvel seems to be inconsistent now).

    Guardians 3 was a good movie, but I wouldn’t take children because of the … difficult animal scenes.

    1. -I’m looking forward to seeing The Little Mermaid DVD when it comes to my library. The live action Disney remakes usually feel off to me, but I think I will at least enjoy this one a little.

      I did like Dungeons and Dragons. It does feel a bit like the Lord of the Rings, which is why my sister wanted us to see it. It felt a bit like something that would have been much more popular fifteen years ago. It also felt a bit like National Treasure.

      I want to see the Flash movie too, but when the lead actor has been accused of a number of violent crimes, it really makes me just wish they’d get Grant Gustin to play the movie version of the Flash instead.

      1. -Yeah. I had a mediocre opinion of Beauty and the Beast (though I thought Watson brought her A-game like she always does), but the trailer I saw for Little Mermaid right before Guardians started was very good.

        I adored Honor Among Thieves and wished it had performed better, but that would likely have involved not coming out during the long-legged John Wick 4 and right before Mario. As for Flash, I’ll probably use the library-DVD option as well so I don’t have to give money to it.