The summer box office is heating up with Fast X being expected to earn $60 million this weekend. The Little Mermaid is tracking to earn $110 million in its 4-day opening while Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse looks to open to $80 million. Paramount hopes to continue the big summer movie parade with Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel to Bumblebee is tracking to earn $70 million in the US and Canada.
The upcoming movie hopes to make up for the weak opening weekends of the past two Transformers movies with Rise of the Beasts.
2018’s Bumblebee earned $21 million in its domestic opening weekend while Transformers: The Last Knight grossed $44 million the year before, which pales in comparison to previous outings.
A domestic opening weekend of $70 million will put Rise of the Beast in fifth place just behind the first Transformers film that came out in 2007. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had the largest opening weekend for the series, grossing an impressive $109 million in 2009.
What we know about Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the seventh film in the franchise and it will effectively serve as a reboot of the series. The movie will serve as a sequel to Bumblebee and a prequel to the first Transformers movie while also kicking off a new trilogy.
The movie will be set seven years after the events of Bumblebee and follow a new character Noah Diaz played by Anthony Ramos. Diaz, an ex-military electronics expert, is caught in a three-way conflict between the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons factions. The Maximals will join the Autobots in defending the Earth from the arrival of Unicron.
Ron Pearlman will be voicing Optimus Primal and will be joined by Michelle Yeoh as Airazor, David Sobolov as Rhinox, and Tongayi Chirisa as Cheetor. Peter Cullen is returning in Rise of the Beasts as Optimus Prime. Dominique Fishback, Pete Davidson, Liza Koshy, and Peter Dinklage are also part of the cast for the movie.
The movie will be directed by Steven Caple Jr. with the script written by a team composed of Joby Harold, Darnell Metayer, Josh Peters, and Erich and Jon Hoeber. Rise of the Beasts is based on the story by Joby Harold.
Longtime series director Michael Bay will be serving as a producer for the upcoming film, which will be produced by Paramount, Skydance, and Hasbro.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is coming to theaters on June 9, 2023.