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"Transformers: The Last Knight" wins at the box office with franchise low

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By Stephen Iervolino

Left to right: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.(LOS ANGELES) –Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight grabbed the number-one spot at the weekend box office, while recording the lowest-earning debut of any Transformers movie.

The film, starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins, opened on Wednesday, bringing in an estimated $69.1 million in its first five days of release and $45.3 million over the three-day weekend. By contrast, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the series and the only other to open on a Wednesday, raked in $162 million in its first five days, $97 million of which came over the three-day. Overseas, The Last Knight brought in an estimated $196.2 million.

Disney’s Cars 3 and Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman finished dead even in second place with an estimated $25.175. ABC News is owned by Disney.

Wonder Woman‘s total earnings here in the states now stand at just below $320 million, passing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Internationally, it’s collected an additional $334.5. The Patty Jenkins-directed film set another milestone on Friday, becoming the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman, according to Variety.

The thriller 47 Meters Down finished in fourth place with $7.4 million, and the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me rounded out the top five with a $5.85 haul.

Elsewhere, Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick earned $169,255 from just five theaters. Its $87,000-per-screen average was the largest of any film opening on more than one screen this year. Sophia Coppola’s Beguiled also did well, collecting $240,545 in limited release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

  1. Transformers: Last Knight, $45.3 million
    2. Cars 3, $25.175 million
    2. Wonder Woman, $25.175 million
    3. 47 Meters Down, $7.43 million
    4. All Eyez On Me, $5.85 million
    5. The Mummy, $5.8 million
    6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, $5.2 million
    7. Rough Night, $4.7 million
    8. Captain Underpants, $4.28 million
    9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, $3 million
    10. Beatriz at Dinner, $1.8 million

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Ron Howard "beyond grateful" to helm Han Solo movie

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Getty Images/Richard Bord(LOS ANGELES) — Ron Howard is as psyched as many fans are by the news he’s taken the reigns of the still-untitled Han Solo stand-alone film.

“I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77,” tweeted the Oscar-winning director, who’s known George Lucas since he starred in the Star Wars creator’s 1973’s hit, American Graffiti.

“I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film,” Howard continued, referencing the contributions of movie’s previous directors, The LEGO Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair exited the Han Solo earlier this week over creative differences with the executive production team.

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Filming on the movie will get back on track July 10, according to Lucasfilm.

The Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for a May 25, 2018 release.

Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot, smuggler, and scruffy-looking Nerf herder to-be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the cast.

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Johnny Depp says "assassination" comment about President Trump was a "bad joke"

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(LOS ANGELES) — Hours after actor Johnny Depp made it sound like he’d be interested in killing President Trump, he’s saying he’s sorry.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star seemingly referenced Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, while Depp introduced his new film The Libertine at England’s Glastonbury Festival Thursday. Depp asked the crowd, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

He then added, “Maybe it’s time.”

Following a huge outcry, and a condemnation by the White House, Depp now tells People, “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended…I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

In a statement, the White House said, “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead.”

The statement added that the White House hoped that, “some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democratic elected official.”

The actor is just the latest celebrity to level violent words against the president.

Back in January, Madonna told a crowd she, “thought a lot about blowing up the White House.” She later said she was taken out of context.

Weeks ago, comedienne Kathy Griffin apologized for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied dummy head made to look like President Trump’s.

The Central Park’s Shakespeare in the Park retelling of Julius Caesar currently features the title character, actor Gregg Henry, specifically dressed like Trump, getting stabbed to death nightly.

Depp’s “assassination” message comes weeks after a disgruntled former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer opened fire on a group of Republican legislators, critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise.

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At British appearance, Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating president

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(SOMERSET, ENGLAND) — Johnny Depp was on hand at England’s Glastonbury Festival to introduce a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine, on Thursday, when he decided to talk American politics during an audience question-and-answer session.

“I think he needs help,” the actor said of Donald Trump, reported The Telegraph. “There are a lot of dark places he could go.”

Then Depp himself went to a dark place. In a video of the event posted to NME’s YouTube channel, Depp can be seen saying, “This gonna be in the press and it’s gonna be horrible, but I like that you are all a part of it — when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

After naming Trump specifically drew boos from the audience, Depp stepped back, a little. “I want to clarify, I’m not an actor,” Depp said. “I lie for a living. However it’s been a while. Maybe it’s about time.”

It seems Depp was referencing actor John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

The actor is just the latest celebrity to level violent rhetoric against the president; it comes just weeks after comedienne Kathy Griffin made headlines for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied dummy head made to look like President Trump’s, and also comes amidst controversy over the Central Park Summer Stage’s retelling of Julius Caesar that stages, nightly, the title character specifically dressed like the president getting stabbed to death.

In a statement to ABC News, the Secret Service said: “We actively monitor open source reporting, including social media networks, and we evaluate potential threats. For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.”

ABC News has asked both Depp’s publicist and the White House for comment.

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Josh Duhamel returns in "Transformers: The Last Knight"

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ABC Radio – 2017(NEW YORK) — Actor Josh Duhamel has starred in all but one film in the money-minting Transformers franchise — the previous installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Speaking to ABC Radio’s Good Morning America After Hours, the actor joked that his Transformers: The Last Knight co-star Mark Wahlberg was to blame for his skipping the fourth episode.

“I think Wahlberg had that in his clause: ‘I’m in, but Duhamel’s gotta be out.'” This time around? “We filed a motion,” Duhamel said with a laugh.

The actor explains what’s at stake in The Last Knight, where we learn robots that transform into cars have been around on Earth for longer than there have been cars. Way longer: they were part of the Arthurian legend, and Bumblebee fought Nazis in World War II.

Now they’re fighting for their robotic lives in the modern day.

Duhamel’s Lt. Colonel William Lennox has seen it all in his history with Optimus Prime and his fellow heroic Autobots.

“There’s been a worldwide sort of mandate to destroy all Transformers from the face of the earth, because they’re just causing too much destruction, they’re invading us, and people don’t want them around,” says Duhamel.

“And so, I don’t really feel good about that because I have a relationship with the Autobots. Not a romantic relationship,” the actor jokes, “But you know, I love these guys as much as you can love a robot.”

Director Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci, is in theaters now.

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