Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China!

Transformers News: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China!

Monday, January 7th, 2019 7:49PM CST

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Thanks to an article from Rebecca Rubin of Variety magazine, we now know that "Bumblebee", the latest installment in the live action Transformers series of movies, has raked in an additional $59.4 million USD. The prequel starring everyone's favorite kid-friendly yellow Volkswagen Beetle, opened in 9,180 locations in China this past weekend, putting the total ticket sales generated outside the United States up to $192 million USD. Adding in domestic ticket sales, the worldwide total for Bumblebee comes to $289 million. Bumblebee also opened recently in some other key non-U.S. markets in the last few days, including Columbia, India, and Poland, contributing $1.1 million, $1 million, and $486,000 respectively to that worldwide total. As a bonus, thanks to the TF Thai Fanclub on Facebook, we have a nice look at a new Chinese movie poster, featuring Bumblebee taking on the likes of Dropkick and Shatter, two new Decepticons that antagonize everyone's favorite Autobot scout in his titular movie.

Transformers News: Bumblebee Movie Does Well In Opening Weekend in China!


What did you think of the Bumblebee movie? Do you agree with the critics that it's the best Transformers film since the inaugural "Transformers" from 2007? Are you on board with the "buzz" and getting some of the new characters and toys featured in the movie for your own collections? Let us know in the comments below, and keep it tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest news on all things Transformers!
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Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003215)
Posted by fruityrobo on January 7th, 2019 @ 8:17pm CST
of course the one time we have a decent Transformers movie it doesn't do well in the box office

well isn't that just our luck?
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003227)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on January 7th, 2019 @ 9:44pm CST
To put this all in perspective, remember that the production budget for Bumblebee was somewhere between $100 and $137 million USD, according to various sources. While it looks like the worldwide totals clearly indicate a profit, we don't know yet how much additional money was spent on marketing the movie, which is a separate figure from the production budget used to create the film itself. There are other factors that will impact the profitability of the Bumblebee film such as the cost of marketing and the profits from movie merchandise. In addition, there will be sales on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital options, which will add to the total profits for the movie when it is released for the home consumer market later this year. On top of that, Bumblebee doesn't open in the Japanese market until March 2019! Japan is probably the last big Transformers market for this movie, so the total ticket sales will get another bump in a couple of months. It's definitely too early to say the sky is falling on the Transformers franchise, but admittedly, these box office returns are not as robust as in years past.
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003235)
Posted by Deadput on January 7th, 2019 @ 10:36pm CST
Was on Instagram and came across a user sharing another user's concept art for Dropkick in this movie.

The concept art is from Instagram account conceptbyjosh, which belongs to Joshua Viers who has worked on the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and also Star Wars

Two different rough designs, the first one seems to just be helicopter with no car parts in sight while the second is close to Dropkick's actual design. (Kinda fits my theory that originally that Shatter and Dropkick weren't going to be triple changers with Shatter just being a car and Dropkick just being a helicopter, I have no actual proof for this but with this, the studio series figures it kinda and apparently Bumblebee being chased by a blue helicoptor in the same early screening rumors where we first heard about the "starscream" that turned out to be Blitzwing before the first trailer dropped.)

Edit: looked at the first design again, I see car wheels on his legs but otherwise not much else.

I personally think these would make some sick generic Decepticons, the second as a movie version of the TFP Vehicons. (Having all 4 wheels on the shoulders however seems to make a toy out of that design...problematic)

A coincidence for sure but the second design also resembles what I was imagining Decepticon Battlecharger grunts in my version of the Cybertron sequence that I wrote in this thread a few weeks ago except in Earth mode and with helicopter bits.

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Source:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsV63GGFnyd/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsWLWRDlnTA/
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003344)
Posted by Deadput on January 8th, 2019 @ 1:42pm CST
Follow up to the last post, Joshua posted a third concept today, this one looks quite Lockdown inspired (whether intentional or a coincidence who knows)

In his own words

"With this guy I was trying to come up with a Decepticon that looked like he could be fast."

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BsYbiC-Fva7/

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Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003465)
Posted by Salacious_Monk on January 8th, 2019 @ 10:03pm CST
Wolfman Jake wrote:To put this all in perspective, remember that the production budget for Bumblebee was somewhere between $100 and $137 million USD, according to various sources. While it looks like the worldwide totals clearly indicate a profit, we don't know yet how much additional money was spent on marketing the movie, which is a separate figure from the production budget used to create the film itself. There are other factors that will impact the profitability of the Bumblebee film such as the cost of marketing and the profits from movie merchandise. In addition, there will be sales on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital options, which will add to the total profits for the movie when it is released for the home consumer market later this year. On top of that, Bumblebee doesn't open in the Japanese market until March 2019! Japan is probably the last big Transformers market for this movie, so the total ticket sales will get another bump in a couple of months. It's definitely too early to say the sky is falling on the Transformers franchise, but admittedly, these box office returns are not as robust as in years past.

I don't think a very good box office is good for transformers. You still remember this news?
http://news.tfw2005.com/2018/02/16/tran ... ted-358641
"Hasbro specifically stated that a new team at Paramount will reset the Transformers Live Action Movie Series following the release of Bumblebee: The Movie."

This means that Lorenzo di Bonaventura will probably be out after the bumblebee movie. But after the good reviews and global box office for the bumblebee movie, it is this guy who is getting interviews and talking about things like continuity or future movies while the director Travis Knight is very quiet. Don't you feel strange? I think that this guy is trying to send a signal to Paramount. "See, I can still manage the transformers franchise to make money for you. There is no need for a new team to replace me." Therefore, if you want more G1 films, then better hope that the box office for bumblebee is just OK instead of being excellent. It is the G1 elements that bring so many good reviews. Unless the guys at Paramount are idiots, they will know that. Therefore, if we see more transformers movies, I bet there will be more G1 elements.
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003539)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 9th, 2019 @ 9:25am CST
See I was always of the thinking (begrudgingly) that the reboot would be more G1 flavoured anyway. Especially now after Bumblebee.
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003931)
Posted by notirishman on January 10th, 2019 @ 10:23pm CST
Thanks to Seibertronian Deadput, we have news on some concept art for the released Bumblebee film, with what we assume to be the Decepticons. Additionally, we also have concept art of Bumblebee's battle mask. The concept art was done by Joshua Viers on his Instagram. First, we'll show off the Bumblebee battle masks and a few Decepticons, then the rest with commentary from Deadput!

We have 5 different designs for the Bumblebee battle mask:
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Then four, quite unique, Decepticons, which obviously didn't make it to the film:
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Now take it away, Deadput!
Deadput wrote:Was on Instagram and came across a user sharing another user's concept art for Dropkick in this movie.

The concept art is from Instagram account conceptbyjosh, which belongs to Joshua Viers who has worked on the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and also Star Wars

Two different rough designs, the first one seems to just be helicopter with no car parts in sight while the second is close to Dropkick's actual design. (Kinda fits my theory that originally that Shatter and Dropkick weren't going to be triple changers with Shatter just being a car and Dropkick just being a helicopter, I have no actual proof for this but with this, the studio series figures it kinda and apparently Bumblebee being chased by a blue helicoptor in the same early screening rumors where we first heard about the "starscream" that turned out to be Blitzwing before the first trailer dropped.)

Edit: looked at the first design again, I see car wheels on his legs but otherwise not much else.

I personally think these would make some sick generic Decepticons, the second as a movie version of the TFP Vehicons. (Having all 4 wheels on the shoulders however seems to make a toy out of that design...problematic)

A coincidence for sure but the second design also resembles what I was imagining Decepticon Battlecharger grunts in my version of the Cybertron sequence that I wrote in this thread a few weeks ago except in Earth mode and with helicopter bits.

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Source:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsV63GGFnyd/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsWLWRDlnTA/

Follow up to the last post, Joshua posted a third concept today, this one looks quite Lockdown inspired (whether intentional or a coincidence who knows)

In his own words

"With this guy I was trying to come up with a Decepticon that looked like he could be fast."

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BsYbiC-Fva7/

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Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003934)
Posted by Deadput on January 10th, 2019 @ 10:42pm CST
Ah darn I forgot to post the rest of the concept art here after I saw them up on the artist's Instagram, I'll make sure to post any other concept art though since I'm following just about every concept artist who worked on the film.

For my thoughts on the Bumblebee mask designs, the first one resembles a junk/gas mask to some degree, would like to see the "face" on a flamethrower or toxic based Decepticon like Oil Slick, Acid Storm or Sun Storm.


The other ones make for some nice pilot mask looking guys, maybe battle masks for Arial bots?
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003936)
Posted by -Crossfire- on January 10th, 2019 @ 11:12pm CST
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Whirl, is that you?
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003939)
Posted by Ultra Markus on January 11th, 2019 @ 12:01am CST
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Whirl, is that you?

I was thinking that same thing ;)^
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003941)
Posted by Ultra Markus on January 11th, 2019 @ 12:05am CST
Bee has a hard hat
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Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003942)
Posted by Deadput on January 11th, 2019 @ 12:29am CST
Ultra Markus wrote:Bee has a hard hat
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*Gasp* head design for generic prewar Constructicons! (Not the group of 6 we know I mean a worker class with set designs like the Seekers)

Could also work as pre war miners or something.
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003945)
Posted by Acolyte on January 11th, 2019 @ 12:43am CST
Hmmmm, I actually like the far more insectoid and less "cute wasp" battle masks.

The Decepticons look AMAZING! :BOWDOWN: Like something that walked out of Half Life: Episode 2. This just proves what some bold artistic risk balanced with practical design can achieve in the live action visual realm, and frankly makes all the vanilla G1 takes look boring and outdated by comparison. I realize the filmmakers didn't feel like they were "resigned" to recreating G1 onscreen, but with enough more GEEWUHN! in ALL of our evergreen pop culture franchise, we're all going to start feeling the burnout soon. This would have been a dose of fresh air to keep my hope alive. As it is, now we pretty much know what all of the characters are going to look like for the next several films at least (I mean, what's the risk they betray their G1 "mandate" so soon?).
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003956)
Posted by Easy Tiger on January 11th, 2019 @ 5:06am CST
Acolyte wrote:I realize the filmmakers didn't feel like they were "resigned" to recreating G1 onscreen, but with enough more GEEWUHN! in ALL of our evergreen pop culture franchise, we're all going to start feeling the burnout soon.


We'll be sure to check in with you when that happens. ;)

My hot take? That's exactly what happened with the old movies. Designs that were confusing to follow in motion. Designs that made crowd scenes unintelligible. Designs that made following characters between scenes difficult ("Is he the one from before?").

Bumblebee's currently rocking a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That's more than the previous four films combined.

If you want to tell stories that feature the robots as characters, you need to make them personable and easily identifiable. That's what they did.
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003982)
Posted by Riley Hoffman on January 11th, 2019 @ 9:06am CST
Bumblebee’s fourth battle mask actually looks really cool, I think I prefer the one in the movie, though.
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2003989)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 11th, 2019 @ 9:34am CST
You know, the more I think about it, the more I feel that this movie going for a more heavily G1-inspired look for its robot cast was kind of a necessary move to bring back audience familiar with the classic G1 looks after TLK had burned its audiences so much.

TLK was not the success it was anticipated to have been, so the Bumblebee movie really needed to do something new to really shake things up and pull audiences back in. And what with this movie already being a love letter to the pop culture of the 1980s, what better way to capitalize on that 80s nostalgia than to try for some 80s Transformers nostalgia?

It's actually a pretty smart move when you think about it. Giving people something familiar to reel them in, kinda like what The Force Awakens did with its many homages (both thematic and conceptually) to A New Hope.
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2004008)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 11th, 2019 @ 10:17am CST
Sabrblade wrote:You know, the more I think about it, the more I feel that this movie going for a more heavily G1-inspired look for its robot cast was kind of a necessary move to bring back audience familiar with the classic G1 looks after TLK had burned its audiences so much.

TLK was not the success it was anticipated to have been, so the Bumblebee movie really needed to do something new to really shake things up and pull audiences back in. And what with this movie already being a love letter to the pop culture of the 1980s, what better way to capitalize on that 80s nostalgia than to try for some 80s Transformers nostalgia?

It's actually a pretty smart move when you think about it. Giving people something familiar to reel them in, kinda like what The Force Awakens did with its many homages (both thematic and conceptually) to A New Hope.

Yet people had a go against The Force Awakens for that reason :-?

I have to say, I was always confused when people said they couldn't follow the action as I could perfectly. I know its my opinion but I've always had trouble understanding that criticism.

Although... Imagine if they made Bumblebee 2 take place in the 90s and had the cast sporting their G2 colour schemes and looks :lol: Though using G2 Turbo masters and Predator Jets as cast would get around continuity issues ;) Sky quake or Clench could fit in the main villain role quite easily.
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2004030)
Posted by Ig89ninja on January 11th, 2019 @ 12:40pm CST
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The child of BM Strika and Obsidian :-P
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2004195)
Posted by Ultra Markus on January 11th, 2019 @ 11:48pm CST
some of those robots kind of give me robocop ED-209 mixed with some of the many terminators from Salvation vibe
Re: Bumblebee Movie Does Well for Its Opening Weekend in China! (2004221)
Posted by Deadput on January 12th, 2019 @ 5:53am CST
Well here is some more Bumblebee concept art, this time from multiple people.

First we will start with an artist who has already shared art with us, Joshua Viers also known as conceptbyjosh, he has shared some early Decepticon head designs which eventually led to Dropkick's final head design, you can see the whole "speaker" mouth concept was planned for at least awhile as according to the description in the instagram post.

"Quick Decepticon head concepts for #bumblebeemovie . The director had some specific ideas that were fun to play with."

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsgxja1lnws/

Although the final design looks great itself and probably fits more with the "G1" like designs of the other characters these ones are still good looking on their own.


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Compare with the final version in the film.

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Next up we have another concept artist Thomas Pringle (Pringleart) who has done work on Transformers in the past, recently The Last Knight but has done other projects such as A Quiet Place and Star trek Discovery.

Only one art piece for now with presumably more to come but probably the most revealing one, art for a frozen Megatron with a different design, not quite G1 inspired like the ones in the final film or as describe by those who saw the Test Screenings in March but it is a much more rounded design and certainly one that clashes with the depiction in the 2007 film.

Much more is that the date for the art piece is 2017, 03, 28 which is March 28 in 2017, so they were possibly toying with reboot or redesign ideas before The Last Knight even hit theaters, this is a good example of how much time it takes to develop the behind scenes and development art for movies and a good reason why for Hasbro's movie toys tend to draw from concept art rather then final film stuff.

Even further backed up by the description on Instagram.

"A concept i did for the Bumblebee movie a few years back."

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BsgCY2sFc21/


The final art for today comes from artist Tim Flattery who has done some work for previous Transformers films such as The Last Knight and even the original 2007 film not to mention his other work.

There is a lot of photos so I'll only post a few after the description but from top to bottom we have art for the "arm thing" that Bumblebee drops from his undercarriage when Charlie first works on him in her garage in the film.

Then we have have our first look at the "Allspark mutations" that were originally supposed to be in the film when Bumblebee accidentally got "Allspark Engergy" on the electronics in Charlie's house causing them to come to life and trash the house, ultimately despite the props for the creatures having been made and the scenes presumably filmed with other reports that Martin Short was to lend his voice to the scene, it was cut from the film and instead Bumblebee trashes the house all on his own, however one element of the film remained in an odd line from Charlie's Mom about why the Tv cord was cut.

Then we have some art and some pictures of the props for a couple of Sector 7's equipment in the film, first we get a look at the Harpoon guns that were used multiple times in the film at the start and the end, then we get a look at the "Electric Gun" that Sector 7 use to disable Bumblebee at one point in the film and Charlie used to "revive" Bumblebee after Dropkick shot and left him for dead, this electric gun resembles a Grenade tube launcher somewhat.

Finally we see some pics of a Bumblebee head and chest prop with notable focus on the "eye" design.

The source comes from his website http://www.timflattery.com/work/bumblebee/ and I'll post one picture for each of the concepts that I just talked about.

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Final art, although this has been up for a bit I couldn't find any page sources for the art itself but according to others the art is from Mark Yang who did do some work for The Last Knight and it fits his art style so it's probably true.

So while I wouldn't add it to a news article until the source is found I wanted to share the art regardless, these are near final designs for Blitzwing, Shatter and Dropkick with only some slightly different proportions and different but very similar head designs to the final film.

Although Tfwiki has the art on their page for the artist so maybe they have a real source
https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Mark_Yang

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