I guess the Transformers franchise ain’t dead after all.
The fourth film in the Transformers series opened to an estimated $100 million at the domestic box office . That’s the biggest opening of the year, well ahead of April’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ($95 million).
Meanwhile, at 353 IMAX locations, Transformers earned $10.7 million. That’s second all-time in June behind last year’s “Man of Steel.”
As if that wasn’t enough, ” Transformers: Age of Extinction” took in over $201 million from 37 international markets. That includes an incredible $90 million in China, reportedly the biggest “foreign” opening ever there.
Overall, the film earned over $300 million worldwide this weekend. With several more foreign openings to go, I think it’s safe to say “Transformers: Age of Extinction” will reach $1 billion during its theatrical run.
As one would expect, the movie’s audience was 64 percent male and 58 percent were 25 years of age and over. They awarded it an “A-” CinemaScore, which suggests strong word-of-mouth. However, the film is still at 17 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I saw “Transformers: Age of Extinction” over the weekend, so expect my review soon.
Nobody came close to Transformers this weekend. In a distant second place, “22 Jump Street” fell 44 percent to an estimated $15.4 million. The sequel has now earned $139.8 million, which is already ahead of the first movie’s $138.4 million total. The movie’s closing credits aside, can Sony/Columbia really afford not to make 23 Jump street?
After opening in first place last weekend, “Think Like a Man Too” plummeted 64 percent to an estimated $10.4 million. After 10 days, the comedy sequel has earned $48.2 million, and is on track to earn substantially less than its predecessor’s $91.5 million.
Your top five movies this weekend:
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction—$100 million
2. 22 Jump Street—$15.4 million
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2—$13.1 million
4. Think Like a Man Too—$10.4 million
5. Maleficent—$8.23 million