Bumblebee is raising the bar at the world box office, and the Transformers prequel only keeps reaching new heights.
The film has surpassed the $400 million mark, grossing $401.3 million globally as of Saturday. That's a result of $113.9 million domestically and $287 million internationally.
But that's not all for the yellow Volkswagen Beetle -- Bumblebee isn't out in Japan, a typically profitable market for the Transformers series. It is set to arrive March 22, meaning there are even more global ticket sales to look forward to.
The franchise also performed well in China, where Transformers: The Last Knight and Transformers: Age of Extinction were reasonably successful, though Last Knight underperformed compared to prior installments and is considered the worst in the franchise. Bumblebee opened there on January 2 and should continue to play through the Chinese New Year in February.
In addition to China, moviegoers are flocking to Bumblebee most in the United Kingdom, Korea, Mexico and Indonesia. It's been such a quiet success at the global box office few noticed the film did better than Aquaman, which crossed $1 billion this past weekend.
Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is very pleased with Bumblebee and the objectives it achieved. “We had many objectives (including) to bring a new set of families into the series, and that succeeded; in the after markets that will continue to succeed in a big way," he said. "Part of our obligation was to bring people back who had left the franchise or never experienced it which worked well. We are finding our way. Our intention was we wanted to please the core fans but also bring a new audience.”
Directed by Travis Knight from a script by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Pamela Adlon, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.