The Transformers franchise cemented itself as critic-proof this weekend by earning an estimated $100 million, the highest opening of the year by far and crushing everything like the robotic T-rex it features. Despite the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score for a Michael Bay film, audiences came out in droves both in the US and worldwide, where the movie made another $201 million, including the biggest ever opening in China with over $90 million. Final numbers are not out yet but it could potentially be the biggest movie in the franchise, which is currently Revenge of the Fallen at just over $108 million. It’s also the best ever opening for Mark Wahlberg.
In a far, far distant second was 22 Jump St, which dropped 44% from last weekend and made another $15.4 million. It’s passed the original with $139.8 million total for it’s three weeks out.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 continued to not quite live up the first film, dropping off another 47% and making $13.1 million, putting the movie at $121 million for it’s three weeks in theaters. It might get to about $170 million total if it stays at this pace.
Think Like a Man Too and Maleficent rounded out the top 5 with $10.4 and $8.2 million respectively.
On the indie side of things, Chef starring Jon Favreau remained in the top in the top 10 with another $1.6 million while new release, Snowpiercer, had a solid opening of $162,100 in 8 theaters. Hopefully it will expand to more theaters in the next few weeks as it sounds awesome and was being pushed by pretty much every critic and movie site as a smarter alternative to Transformers.
This Fourth of July’s releases seem kind of weak compared to the last few years, so Transformers will probably remain on top through the holiday weekend.
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.