In this the last weekend in June, director Michael Bay continues his destruction of my childhood with his fourth Transformers movie.
Has it really been four movies already? I thought one was more than enough.
Playing at 4,233 locations this weekend, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” will be the first 2014 release to open over $100 million. The addition of the Dinobots and Mark Wahlberg will be more than enough to combat franchise fatigue. Although I still feel the best way to do that would have been to replace the director.
But here lies the problem: The Transformers movies make too much money, and Paramount is probably afraid to rock the boat. Or Michael Bay has pictures of Paramount execs doing naughty things.
Anyways, the first three movies opened ahead of the July 4th holiday in 2007, 2009 and 2011. All three earned over $300 million domestically and each movie was even bigger overseas. The third movie alone earned an incredible $771 million outside of the United States. Yes, these movies make the studio a ton money, but critics hate them and the fanbase is not happy.
But as I said, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” will score a huge opening this weekend. However, if this movie underperforms after this weekend, or the film isn’t well received, by fans, then Paramount needs to make massive changes. On a side note: I hate these movies, but the wifey is making me go with her today. Please keep me in your thoughts yet again.
And in somewhat related news: Former Transformers star Shia LaBeouf went bonkers in the audience at the Broadway musical “Cabaret” Thursday night. He had been sitting in the audience, WABC reported, when he allegedly disrupted the show during the first act.
He was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, due to his reported disruptive behavior and obscene language, said a police spokesman.
Maybe he thought he was at a Thursday showing of Age of Extinction, and got a little confused when the singing started.