Weekend Box Office: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Brings in $100 Million for 2014′s Highest Opening

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It’s official.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2014’s undisputed box office champion… at least in terms of its opening weekend.  The sequel earned an estimated $100 million from 4,233 locations, making it the first film of the year to hit triple digits in its debut and replacing Captain America: The Winter Soldier as this year’s highest opener.  As expected, Transformers 4 is also a big hit overseas, earning a reported total of $201 million worldwide in its first three days.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Transformers 4 $100,000,000 $100
2.  22 Jump Street $15,400,000 $139.8
3.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $13,100,000 $121.8
4.  Think Like A Man Too $10,400,000 $48.1
5.  Maleficent $8,237,000 $201.8
6.  Jersey Boys $7,610,000 $27.3
7.  Edge of Tomorrow $5,210,000 $84.1
8.  The Fault in Our Stars $4,800,000 $109.5
9.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $3,300,000 $223.3
10.  Chef $1,694,000 $19.4

 

Full story after the jump.

transformers-age-of-extinction-poster-dinobotsFor a minute there it looked like Transformers: Age of Extinction might not make it to $100 million this weekend.  Though it easily topped Godzilla for the biggest single day of 2014 with an estimated $41.6 million on Friday, projections were between $95 and $105 million for the three-day frame.  So far this summer we have seen three films narrowly miss besting the $95 launch of April’s Captain America 2: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Truth be told, it would have been more interesting if Transformers 4 failed to deliver.  That would mean that we had reached summer’s half-way mark with an opening record from April still in place – not to mention an overall highest-grossing title that dates back to February (The LEGO Movie).

But the bots had other plans.  Since the first Transformers launched in 2007, the franchise has been a box office juggernaut: collecting over $1.1 billion with its first three releases in North America alone.  Revenge of the Fallen was the most successful entry in the U.S., bringing in more than $400 million in the summer of 2009.  More importantly, the series has improved its international performance with each new feature, reaching its peak with the $1.1 billion global haul of 2011’s Dark of the Moon.

Here’s a look at how the series has played out at the box office:

Year Title Opening Domestic Worldwide
2007 Transformers $70.5 $319.2 $709.7
2009 Revenge of the Fallen $108.9 $402.1 $836.3
2011 Dark of the Moon $97.8 $352.3 $1.12 billion
2014 Age of Extinction $100 n/a n/a

 

As we mentioned yesterday, the weekend numbers for the first three Transformers films are a bit misleading. That’s because Age of Extinction is the first film in the series to launch on a Friday.  In 2007, Transformers opened on July third (a Wednesday) and earned almost $85 million prior to its “debut” weekend.  The last two features both premiered on the Wednesday before the July fourth holiday and collected $91.1 and $65 million, respectively, before heading into their first weekends.  At this stage there’s really no way to tell how Transformers 4 will stack up against its predecessors at the domestic box office.  Up to this point each film in the series has topped $300 million in North America, a number that no film this year has been able to reach.

transformers-age-of-extinction-mark-wahlberg-stanley-tucciOf course Paramount would love for Age of Extinction to reach Dark of the Moon’s domestic total, but their true focus has been outside the U.S all along.  Clearly, this is a franchise that was designed with the burgeoning international market (read: China) in mind.  Paramount reports that Age of Extinction has already brought in $90 million in China alone.  That stands as the highest debut ever for an American title in that country, topping the $64.5 million of last year’s Iron Man 3.  Other international highlights for Transformers 4 include $21 million-plus debuts in both Russia and South Korea.

Another recent release that was supposed to deliver big international grosses has been off to a slow start.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 managed to hit number one the day before Transformers 4 hit, but was down by 47% on its third weekend.  The sequel did manage to pass $200 million worldwide this weekend, though most of us expected it to pass that particular milestone in half the time.  In other notable holdover news, Maleficent passed $200 million in domestic grosses on Sunday, as did The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – eight weeks after it got this summer season started.

One look at the top ten will tell you that this weekend’s box office was heavily weighted in favor of the Transformers.  Even so, overall box office numbers were down from the same frame in 2013, when The Heat opened and Monsters University enjoyed its second weekend at number one.  Age of Extinction did its part, more than doubling what Monsters U. earned last year, but the bots got little support from the rest of the top ten.  Think Like A Man Too, last weekend’s number one film, was down a giant 64% in its sophomore frame; and 22 Jump Street, while still holding well in its third weekend, looks alarmingly slight next to the triple digit muscle of Transformers 4.

Next weekend should see Age of Extinction remain on top.  It’s biggest competition will come from the Warner Bros. comedy Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy.  McCarthy had a hit with The Heat last summer, opening to just under $40 million on the weekend before Independence Day.  Tammy is expected to collect between $25 and $30 million in its first weekend but, because July Fourth falls on a Friday this year, it will also get a head start by way of a Wednesday release.  Check back for box office updates throughout the holiday frame.

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  • Steven Ray Morris

    Hmm.

  • Steven Ray Morris

    Hmm.

  • Steven Ray Morris

    Hmm.

  • DEADP00L

    Well that puts the ‘TF3 had just Shia Ladouche TF4 should have Megan Fox because without Megan Fox this movie is going to be crap’ debate to rest at least.

    It did infinitely better without BOTH of them. Well DUH it was NEVER about the humans!

    I will legitimately worry for humanity if Apes doesn’t do better than this movie. Seriously, if Apes doesn’t do better I’m done with humanity.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Grown Ups 2 did better than Pacific Rim. Apes are not going to do better than Transformers. Not in this America.

      • Steven

        Apes wont get near that. I imagine it will be between 50-60 million.

        Transformers will always make bucket loads because sometimes people just wanna watch lots of shit get blown up. I’ve seen all 3 and I remember very little of them.

      • Steven

        Apes wont get near that. I imagine it will be between 50-60 million.

        Transformers will always make bucket loads because sometimes people just wanna watch lots of shit get blown up. I’ve seen all 3 and I remember very little of them.

      • DEADP00L

        I don’t get it! How can TF do better than Apes? Apes has an actual story, the tech involved is revolutionary, it’s got IMAX, there is action, APES ON HORSES SHOOTING GUNS, there are explosions and its a stand alone approach makes it unique for a sequel. How can it not do better?

        ….I want to know but at the same time I don’t.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Apes on horses shooting guns?

        Bitch please. I have Optimus Prime riding a fire breathing T-Rex wielding the Sword of Judgment!

        -Michael Bay

      • DEADP00L

        Somehow not as interesting as watching real horses with real actors Mocaped into apes and shooting real guns.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I would explain to you why in America and now China its the Dawn of Robots and not the Dawn of the Apes at the box office, but I can’t hear you over the sound of everybody pouring their money into my pocket.

        -Michael Bay

      • DEADP00L

        Bills made in china I won’t be surprised if all that dow is counterfeit.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Apes on horses shooting guns?

        Bitch please. I have Optimus Prime riding a fire breathing T-Rex wielding the Sword of Judgment!

        -Michael Bay

      • Leo Spaceman

        Apes on horses shooting guns?

        Bitch please. I have Optimus Prime riding a fire breathing T-Rex wielding the Sword of Judgment!

        -Michael Bay

      • Scurvy

        Because kids under the age of 13 don’t care about Apes on Horses. They care about toys and watching their toys on a movie screen…

        That requires at least one parent, possibly a sibling or another parent, maybe some friends. So for every one or two people that want to see it, there are 3-6 tickets sold.

      • DEADP00L

        Should they care about a Raccoon with a gun? Or is Guardians of the Galaxy going to fair poorly too?

      • Scurvy

        I don’t think GOTG will fair poorly but it won’t beat Transformers unfortunately,

        Yes, kids will be able to buy Rocket toys but they won’t own them until after the movie. GOTG is also not an property with 30+ years of history and cultural awareness.

        I expect GOTG to pull Pacific Rim type numbers. Similar awareness, similar ‘toyectic-ness’, similar release dates.

      • Grayden

        I think for those old enough to have played with the first generation of toys and watched the 80s cartoon, these films have flown in the face of their childhood long enough. Only annoying kids, bored teens, and their clueless parents (the ones not cool enough to have watched the cartoon or played with the toys) are going to see this. Everyone else who wants to see a philosophical story with real emotional performances is waiting till next weekend.

      • DEADP00L

        I don’t get it! How can TF do better than Apes? Apes has an actual story, the tech involved is revolutionary, it’s got IMAX, there is action, APES ON HORSES SHOOTING GUNS, there are explosions and its a stand alone approach makes it unique for a sequel. How can it not do better?

        ….I want to know but at the same time I don’t.

      • DEADP00L

        I don’t get it! How can TF do better than Apes? Apes has an actual story, the tech involved is revolutionary, it’s got IMAX, there is action, APES ON HORSES SHOOTING GUNS, there are explosions and its a stand alone approach makes it unique for a sequel. How can it not do better?

        ….I want to know but at the same time I don’t.

      • Steven

        Apes wont get near that. I imagine it will be between 50-60 million.

        Transformers will always make bucket loads because sometimes people just wanna watch lots of shit get blown up. I’ve seen all 3 and I remember very little of them.

    • Harry

      Dude, 3 had a better opening weekend. 98 million in 2011 vs. 100 million in 2014. 3 sold more tickets. 2 crushed it. Hell, even the first one probably sold more tickets considering it was 2007 and there was no 3d or imax upcharge.

      • DEADP00L

        You wouldn’t think that with the way the press is boasting about this installment success. It made 90 million in China, all because of a quarter of the film being filmed there guaranteed. 21 million in Russia and South Korea and 100 Million in the US – how can there be so many stupid people?!

      • Person

        The first one had IMAX.

    • Person

      Apes won’t open as high as Transformers. Not saying it shouldn’t, but it won’t.

  • eternalozzie

    (insert all the same gripes from all the collider commenters about every transformers post here … then move on with your life)

    • MCP

      Agreed, don’t forget to bring a box of Kleenex as well for everyone…

    • MCP

      Agreed, don’t forget to bring a box of Kleenex as well for everyone…

    • MCP

      Agreed, don’t forget to bring a box of Kleenex as well for everyone…

  • eternalozzie

    (insert all the same gripes from all the collider commenters about every transformers post here … then move on with your life)

  • eternalozzie

    (insert all the same gripes from all the collider commenters about every transformers post here … then move on with your life)

  • Manuel Orozco

    The Autobots have unofficially saved the summer box office

    • Grayden

      Wasn’t aware it was in danger. Additionally, the “summer box office” has become cliche, tired, and irrelevant. It’s only use is the fact that 95% of kids are out of school and thus fill more seats for twelve weeks. Other than that, the summer time frame really isn’t that important. Studios should realize this and spread their damn release schedule out so people will have to time to see all the films they want instead of having to decide because of the outrageous price of tickets.

      • Manuel Orozco

        The movie industry has become depressing

      • Manuel Orozco

        I was saying all that because it was the biggest opening since captain America

  • Mike Sloan
    • fechu1922

      i was thinking the same thing man. Bravo!… all hope is lost now…. This will only give studios a reason to underestimate audiences and promote shittier movies for years to come because we don’t deserve any better.

  • Mike Sloan
  • Mike Sloan
  • appolox

    Well I guess this guarantees a Transformers 5. Darn.

  • appolox

    Well I guess this guarantees a Transformers 5. Darn.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Do you think i got a problem with that

      • Aquartertoseven

        You should.

      • Manuel Orozco

        How so

    • The Flobbit

      We need to kill Michael Bay. For the good of mankind.
      We need to blow him up in a fireball the size of Brooklyn, and then trample on the little egotistical pieces of him he leaves behind.

  • appolox

    Well I guess this guarantees a Transformers 5. Darn.

  • Son of Kyuss

    ………….Slow Clap ………sad news.

  • Son of Kyuss

    ………….Slow Clap ………sad news.

  • Son of Kyuss

    ………….Slow Clap ………sad news.

  • João Paulo

    Solid numbers for TF4 and I think the movie will hold well this week too. I think the final numbers will be between 290 or 310 millions.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Let’s hope you are right

  • João Paulo

    Solid numbers for TF4 and I think the movie will hold well this week too. I think the final numbers will be between 290 or 310 millions.

  • João Paulo

    Solid numbers for TF4 and I think the movie will hold well this week too. I think the final numbers will be between 290 or 310 millions.

  • jk

    It’s a sad shame that Transformers in its opening weekend grossed more than Edge of Tomorrow in 3 weeks.

  • jk

    It’s a sad shame that Transformers in its opening weekend grossed more than Edge of Tomorrow in 3 weeks.

  • jk

    It’s a sad shame that Transformers in its opening weekend grossed more than Edge of Tomorrow in 3 weeks.

  • justkiddingnobutseriously

    Have to say AoE had some amazing sfx and really cool shots but the franchise could DEFINITELY use a new director and writers.

    Wahlberg, dude from Silicon Valley, Tucci, and Li Bingbing (the bargaining bit in HK was hilarious) were great. Optimus Prime is undisputedly awesome but coming in at the last second to save the day and Megatron getting away. Again. For 4 straight movies. This is the second trilogy. How about some new plots.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I have to admit AOE was really good but needs a bit of improvement for next time

    • ʝoe βloggs

      “How about some new plots.”

      This proceeds under the false premise that plots existed in the first place for these movies.

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        Basic, childish plots are still plots.

      • ʝoe βloggs

        Hmm. Yes. You are right.

      • ʝoe βloggs

        Hmm. Yes. You are right.

    • YodaRocks

      Wait, wasn’t Megatron’s head was ripped out of his body by Optimus Prime at the end of 3rd movie?
      Do they resurrect him? No wonder this movie is such a hit, people have a high affinity for Bull-shit.

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        Yeah it was but Bay invoked the ancient Hollywood power of reincarnation.

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        Yeah it was but Bay invoked the ancient Hollywood power of reincarnation.

  • Colin Christian

    Zero surprise.Look at the world,this makes perfect sense.

  • Fahad Ali

    So… many… sheep…

    • The Flobbit

      I read this in the Mandarin’s voice, and it made perfect sense.

  • Scurvy

    Can’t wait to see how much it gets adjusted downwards tomorrow when the real numbers come out. My guess is at least 2m.

  • ʝoe βloggs

    Why oh why do we keep rewarding Bay for his ineptitude as a filmmaker? Are people really that shallow?

    Don’t answer that! :(

  • YodaRocks

    Thanks America for giving Micheal Bay money. You should be very proud of yourself. You’ll get more movies you deserve.

    • Fahad Ali

      Well, they made Grown Ups 2 a certified success at the expense of a real blockbuster film that weekend, so they actually have an excuse this time.

      Righteousness struck back last week with the announcement of Pacific Rim 2, more powers to everyone that is making that film a reality. It takes real grit from studios to move ahead with a sequel like this, these days.

    • The Flobbit

      Yep. Thanks America. You’ve given Adam Sandler and Michael Bay a profitable career. You’ve made Taylor Lautner, Shia LaBoeuf, Dennis Dugan millionaires. You’ve crippled great filmmakers like David Lean and Edgar Wright.

      Keep up the good work and bring all your friends to see Transformers!

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        I am still hurting over what they did to Orson Welles and Jodorowsky’s Dune. Cany you imagine salvador Dali as The Emperor? And huge Orson Welles as Baron Harkonnen? I could die because of what they did to him, taking all his people, his images, his ideas and incorporating them into other star wars templates, instead of that wonderful story of Dune (just the first one) and then to cut up all Peter Lynch’s attempt to ruin. Hollywood is afraid of excellence and singularity.

  • Elisa

    Ugh. Sad times. Oh well. None of those 100 mill dollars will be out of my pocket.

  • The Flobbit

    There is, officially, no hope for humanity.

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  • RiddleThemThis

    I have to say that Mark Whalberg and Dinobots are pretty tempting.

  • RiddleThemThis

    To someone who wasn’t a fan of the first 3, I’m tempted to give #4 a chance just because of those things. Not saying its worth a theater visit, but both those things are pretty bad-ass.

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