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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Paramount, you’ve done f**ked up. Sure you may have made gangbusters off of all those Transformers movies, but you’ve absolutely decimated and goodwill with viewers. After giving you five times to prove to them that an amazing live-action Transformers movie can be done, you’ve let them down almost every single time, so much that the entire franchise has become one big punchline.

With Transformers: The Last Knight only making $605 million at the box office, you realized too late that you needed to change things up with Bumblebee, and it looks like Bumblebee will be facing those consequences. This smaller, more character-driven film in the franchise could be the one to save the series from itself, but if it lives up to its current tracking numbers, it may ultimately be the death of the franchise.

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According to Box Office Pro, the film is looking to launch with a dismal $15 to $25 million. This would be a franchise low, beating out The Last Knight‘s already-low $44.7 million opening. It seems that after being seemingly critic-proof for several films its days could be numbered. Sadly, all signs point to Bumblebee actually being a good movie, and you know Paramount is bound to read this as a sign that story simply doesn’t matter.

How do you feel about this? Do you think this has been a long time coming, and does Bumblebee look like a film that will finally inject quality into the series? Let me know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Box Office Pro

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.