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The Wall Street Journal: Latest ‘Transformers’ flops in U.S., but still a hit overseas

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s most important movies are posting big numbers this summer — in all the wrong places.

American moviegoers are losing interest in some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, depriving studios of their most profitable ticket sales even as international audiences in some foreign markets keep showing up.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” became the latest example of the lopsided performance this weekend, disappointing stateside with a five-day, franchise-low debut of $69 million while collecting a franchise-best $123.4 million in China. Its box-office sales follow a pattern set this year by the eighth “Fast and Furious,” fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” and Tom Cruise’s reboot of “The Mummy,” all of which performed similarly at the box office.

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