That is not a fact! That is an assumption. Is it possible including China in the third act increased the box office? Sure. Is it the sole reason? No. Why is it not a fact? Because Chinese box office for the series had increased greatly as the series went on before that. Following trends from 2007 to DotM, it is almost certain a fourth Transformers movie would have done gangbusters in China even without "pandering." Again, I am not saying including China and Hong Kong in the final act didn't increase box office there, but I do think it's disingenuous for people to imply that "pandering to China" was the only reason it survived worldwide or did well in China. Even The Last Knight still did 220 million there. Even taking away all of the China box office, it undoubtedly would have made much less money, but it still would have been somewhat profitable regardless. Without China, it still would have had around 800 million dollars in box office. With 245 million domestic and over 550 million in other markets, it still would have made some profit, if not as much as it actually did. You can't be serious. Even if you take away everything earned in China (300 million) and the United States (245 million), you still end up with well over $500 million in box office revenue. The movie made over $500 million dollars in other countries. It's fine if people dislike the fourth movie or any of the movies, but to imply it was a failure everywhere outside of China is nonsensical. Again, where is the evidence? That's you thinking of a possible reason without ANY data or evidence to back it up. If anything, the increasing box office after the 2007 film and RotF suggest that the low brow did little, if anything, to negatively affect box office. Yes, because the Planets of the Apes franchise is such a great example of getting more people to show up for sequels. Oh, wait, the third movie in the trilogy made a lot less than Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The Planet of the Apes franchise, regardless of how much critics enjoyed and your personal enjoymnent, is not an example of how to get audience members to show up again-and-again. Yeah, that sounds completely different from the Transformers brand, including the movies. Actually, it sounds just like the Bay movies. The nonsense just keeps getting deeper. Age of Extinction made slightly over 300 million in China. It made $1.1 billion worldwide. That's not "over a third of the box office." There's no doubt Age of Extinction made a hundred million less in the U.S. than DotM and made slightly less in total box office, but that doesn't mean fans should spout false information and false narratives to support their dislike or hatred of the movies. It was still, undoubtedly, a huge box office success overall, just like the three movies that preceded it. Finally, whatever the reasons for the eventual box office decline of the Bay movies, it certainly had nothing to do with the opinions or hundreds or thousands of fans on TFW2005 and everything to do with general audiences.