TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS Ends Its Box Office Run As The Franchise's Lowest-Grossing Movie

TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS Ends Its Box Office Run As The Franchise's Lowest-Grossing Movie

Despite being billed as a return to form for the Transformers franchise, Rise of the Beasts ended up falling short of critical and commercial expectations. In fact, it's set a disappointing record...

By JoshWilding - Aug 18, 2023 10:08 PM EST
Filed Under: Transformers

There was a spell when the Transformers franchise was seemingly untouchable. Michael Bay's movies frequently grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office at a time when that wasn't the norm, even in the face of overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics. 

As the years passed, moviegoers grew bored of the endless blur of CG action and poor-quality storytelling. Not even the much smaller in scale Bumblebee could turn things around, with a respectable $468 million haul a far cry from what the franchise typically achieved. 

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts blasted into theaters earlier this year, setting the stage for a future crossover with G.I. Joe in its closing moments. 

As we first reported on, with its time in multiplexes now over, the movie has finished its run by grossing a total of $436.6 million against a production budget of $195 million. It's doubtful Rise of the Beasts broke even by the time all was said and done, and had it not earned $91 million in China, we'd be looking at one of the year's biggest flops. 

This means Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is both the franchise's lowest-grossing instalment and almost certainly its most financially unsuccessful effort. Records like these aren't what studios set out to break and we have to believe this will lead to a re-evaluation of the franchise's future. 

Whether this will derail Paramount's plans for a G.I. Joe crossover remains to be seen. However, the movie's 52% Rotten Tomatoes score surely means director Steven Caple Jr. won't be returning to direct any future instalments.

"Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world," reads the synopsis, "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a '90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new breed of Transformer – the Maximals – to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons."

The cast was led by Hamilton star Anthony Ramos, with Dominique Fishback, Luna Lauren Vélez, and Tobe Nwigwe joining him. Peter Cullen will once again lend his voice to Optimus Prime, while Ron Perlman has stepped in to play Optimus Primal, the leader of the Maximals.

Peter Dinklage, Liza Koshy, John DiMaggio, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Pete Davidson, and Cristo Fernández also star.

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JonAwesome - 8/18/2023, 10:04 PM
Yeah this one was crap!
TheNewYorker - 8/18/2023, 10:45 PM
@JonAwesome - they’re all crap.
NinnesMBC - 8/18/2023, 10:09 PM
Coming out in the same month that a Spider-Verse sequel did probabaly didn't give it any favours but it doesn't look either to be among the worst flops of the summer. Far better than others, so not all can be doom and gloom. I liked it regardless and for it's faithful portrayal of my country's culture and the city of Cusco. As well as Optimus' character arc.

Hopefully they don't back down from the G.I. Joe crossver that easily.
EgoEgor - 8/18/2023, 10:14 PM
Should've just adapted the show.

Tpo81 - 8/18/2023, 10:16 PM
I liked it. I hope this news doesn't kill the joes crossover
AmazingFILMporg - 8/18/2023, 10:18 PM
I thought it was fun🙋💁
Amaru - 8/18/2023, 10:19 PM
I liked this just as much as I liked Bumblebee. Wish it did better.
FireandBlood - 8/18/2023, 10:20 PM
It still took people longer to reject Transformers than it did DC. Imagine that
Se4M4NSt4ine - 8/19/2023, 6:29 AM
@PlusUltra -
tmp3 - 8/18/2023, 10:21 PM
This movie felt like it was written by an AI, and the action was kind of lethargic and boring, but I did like Ramos.
tmp3 - 8/18/2023, 10:22 PM
It’s kind of like Demeter - another mid IP cash grab with a surprisingly solid lead. That one doesn’t have the same excuse of being based on a toy commercial though
AllsGood - 8/18/2023, 10:25 PM
Off Topic

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One also having a disappointing box office run. Even without taking in consideration of the huge 300-million-dollar budget. I wonder if we will get Part Two sequel.

DOMESTIC = $161,889,000
INTERNATIONAL = $362,900,000

WORLDWIDE =$524,789,000
Itwasme - 8/18/2023, 10:38 PM
@AllsGood - I believe they filmed them both together which might be part of your cost estimate too.
AllsGood - 8/18/2023, 10:43 PM
@Itwasme - Nope the 300 million is just Dead Reckoning partly because of the Pandemic just like the latest Indiana Jones movie.
Ryguy88 - 8/19/2023, 9:50 AM
@AllsGood - damn, I havent seen the new one yet but Fallout was great
SonOfAGif - 8/18/2023, 10:27 PM
As it should. It sucked.
LeonNova - 8/18/2023, 10:28 PM
People are tired of the same low-effort unoriginal mid being recycled over and over. But the studios are gonna learn all the long lessons. Instead of putting more effort into their movies and actually coming up with original ideas, they’ll just spend less money on movies and continue trying to rip off the actors and writers.
GetsugaTensho22 - 8/18/2023, 10:36 PM
It wasn’t the worst one, but it was basically a rehash of Revenge of The Fallen. It was the same exact plot LOL
StSteven - 8/18/2023, 10:43 PM
I haven't sen it yet so I can't comment on the quality one way or the other, but I think that overall the timing in which this movie, along with all the others that came out at about the same time (i.e. one or more new movies pre week) definitely didn't help its chances, regardless of its quality.

That being said, we'll just have to wait and see how "TF:One" does next year. Presumably the release time frame won't be as crowded with all the films that were delayed due to COVID coming out at the same time like what happened this summer, and who knows, maybe an animated film with (presumably) all TFs in space with no humans is just what the franchise needs. Seems to be working for TMNT so far (well, the animated part).
tylerzero - 8/18/2023, 10:44 PM
Bumblebee was a return to form. This was a return to

Crtdacct2say - 8/18/2023, 10:44 PM
Anyone else have no idea that this movie was even released?
AnthonyVonGeek - 8/18/2023, 10:53 PM
Off topic but I’m about 45 minutes in on Blue Beetle and I’m bored outta my mind. Jokes aren’t funny and George Lopez’s character is annoying. Hope it picks up. 🤷‍♂️
ThorArms - 8/18/2023, 11:23 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek - you're on CBM in the theater? 🤦🏻‍♂️
AnthonyVonGeek - 8/18/2023, 11:34 PM
@ThorArms - watching a bootleg 😉👍
StSteven - 8/18/2023, 11:19 PM
BTW, I was just reading on a TF fan site that despite the movie's performance, TF toy sales have risen 85% since the movie came out in June. So I guess Hasbro isn't sweating the BO take for this movie too much (although naturally they'd like it to be higher). Source:
Vampyre75 - 8/19/2023, 6:06 AM
It’s because the stories were crap. Transformers is about the eon long war between autobots and decepticons not high school humans. Beasts were even set in earths prehistory not interacting with humans. Add that to re designing different bots and you couldn’t tell who was who eg sideswipe and wheeljack and rodimus looked nothing like their comic/cartoon counterparts. Reboot it starting with a war on cybertron and keep their original forms both robot and vehicle modes
dragon316 - 8/19/2023, 9:24 AM
I like it but human characters didn’t like as much
Ryguy88 - 8/19/2023, 9:46 AM
How about, I dont know, maybe making the transformers the lead characters for a change?
Tufasrox - 8/19/2023, 10:19 AM
Can't disagree. I'm a huge fan of the IP but outside the very first movie, couldn't enjoy these. Bumblebee was ok but ROTB suffered the same problem. Too much reliance on the same BS. I don't understand why it's so hard to make a good TF movie. Just write a good GD movie. We have about 1000 cartoon episodes to choose from.
MrDandy - 8/19/2023, 11:50 AM
It’s almost like people are sick of the same reheated crap.
breakUbatman - 8/19/2023, 12:23 PM
I liked the movie but there is less spectacle than the original movies. In spite of having cleaner designs, the robots don't have the same 'weight' to the them that Michael Bay's did.

The Maximals should have been more prominent and they should have introduced the Predacon Megatron.
fosdog - 8/21/2023, 8:17 AM
it's my opinion that most movies not doing good at the box office has something to do with how quickly they are coming out on digital and streaming platforms. why go to the movies when you can just wait about two months and get it cheaper than going to a theater. personally, i would rather go to the theater, but hey, i'm old school and believe that all of this streaming service, digital, and AI crap is going to ruin more than anyone cares to believe. there are some movies that are the exceptions, but very few.

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