Weekend Box Office – TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Tops $250 Million to Become 2011′s Biggest Hit

     July 10, 2011


As expected, neither of this week’s new comedies came close to catching Transformers 3 on its second weekend.  While Horrible Bosses became the latest R-rated comedy to top expectations this summer, Zookeeper became the latest potential tentpole to fall flat.  Meanwhile, both films combined barely topped this weekend’s estimate for Dark of the Moon, which became the US’s highest-grossing release of 2011 as of Sunday.

Title Weekend Total
1 Transformers 3 $47,000,000 $261
2 Horrible Bosses $28,100,000 $28.1
3 Zookeeper $21,000,000 $21
4 Cars 2 $15,209,000 $148.8
5 Bad Teacher $9,000,000 $78.7
6 Larry Crowne $6,264,000 $26.5
7 Super 8 $4,825,000 $118
8 Monte Carlo $3,800,000 $16.1
9 Green lantern $3,125,000 $109.7
10 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $2,850,000 $57.7

Transformers_3_Dark_of_the_Moon_PosterWith a new domestic total of $261 million, Transformers: Dark of the Moon surpassed The Hangover Part II this weekend to become the year’s top earner.  With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 on the horizon it’s unclear how long that title will hold, but it should look good on the film’s promos for the next week or two.

In 2009 Transformers 2 closed as the year’s second highest earner with a domestic total just over $402 million.  In its first ten days, Moon lagged behind its predecessor here in the US but, with this weekend’s decline of 52% to Revenge of the Fallen’s 61%, Tf3 has captured the advantage.  Already a bigger hit internationally, Dark of the Moon continued its worldwide domination this weekend.  Combined estimates put the film over the $600 million mark as of Saturday and, because it has yet to open in China or Japan, it is sure to top its predecessor’s $836 million worldwide total in the coming weeks.  Additionally, Tf3 has a good chance of breaking the one billion mark.  That would make it the second film of 2011 and the ninth of all time to pass that particular barrier.

A few months back, Horrible Bosses looked like the weaker of this weekend’s new releases.  The R-rated title from New Line/Warner Brothers seemed destined for a debut of no more than $20 million – completely competent for a counter-programming comedy.  But that was before The Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids made this the summer of the adult comedy.  Even with Bad Teacher still a force in the top ten, Horrible Bosses bested all projections with a first weekend estimate of $28.1 million from 3,040 theatres.  The puts the ensemble comedy in-between the debuts of the summer’s other comedy originals: Bridesmaids ($26.2 million) and Bad Teacher ($31.6 million).  Bosses probably won’t have the legs of the former and its reported budget of $35 million is higher than the latter but, as few imagined it could beat out a Kevin James family-film, I’d say Horrible is counting its blessings.

horrible-bosses-movie-image-scan-charlie-day-jennifer-aniston-01In the weeks after Paul Blart: Mall Cop became a giant hit, Kevin James found himself an unlikely A-lister.  Of course, with stardom comes heightened expectations and, this year, James was unable to deliver.  The Dilemma fell flat – opening to just $20.5 million over the four day MLK holiday.  This weekend, despite its family-friendly talking animal cast and summer release slot, Zookeeper didn’t do much better, earning an estimated $21 million from its 3,482 locations.  That is a bit higher than projections placed it going into the weekend but nowhere near the $30 million-plus the film was once expected to earn.  Zookeeper did manage to top Mr. Popper’s Penguins which, though not a hit, went on to post decent multiples in its second and third weekends.  Unfortunately, Harry Potter will probably see to it that families continue to stay clear of Zookeeper.

Overall, this weekend represented another box office loss – down 15% from 2010 when Despicable Me was a surprise hit with $56 million.  The good news is that next weekend is all but guaranteed to put us in the plus column with the final installment in the most lucrative franchise of all time: Harry Potter.  After its UK premiere, Deathly Hallows Part 2 has a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is already tracking as the highest debut of the series here in the US.


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  • Jeff T.

    I’m glad to see that Transformers 3 is doing so well. It was easily one of the best summer films this year. I hope it hits 1 billion worldwide.

    • Kevin

      Finally someone that appreciates TF, it was the best movie this year! And my favorite of all time but now friday we get the second best movie of the year HP7 PART 2!

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  • Matt1

    F HARRY POTTER!!! Every one of those movies is boring as hell!!!

    • Scott

      Potter is a joke, I agree.

      Can’t stand these films. I’m glad it’s all coming to an end.

      • Joe

        Why is Potter a joke again? Is it because it’s an original story and presented in a canonical style…or that you happen to dislike watching a bunch of wussy Brit kids growing up over the span of the films?

        Oh…and please check #9, 11, 12, 13, 18, 30 on the earlier link.

        Crap movies indeed. Maybe for a gnat.

  • Jrod

    Really? Transformers 3 the best movie this year? Im sorry guys but it was terrible and it has nothing to do with it’s bad plot, poorly written characters, etc ( thats an arguement for another day), This movie was simply NOT fun to watch. The humor in it (what little there was) fell completely flat, the action scenes became tedious and this movie was WAY too long. It should of been under 2 hours. Now before you call me a Bay Hater, let it be know that I thought the first Transformers he directed was great and as for the best summer movie this year so far, that honor IMO belongs to Xmen 1st class.

    • Daniel

      I respect your opinion even though TF3 is my fav movie, and yes X-MEN FIRST CLASS is too one of the best this year!! Better then X1 and X2, it was simply one of the best marvel movies!

    • Aaron

      Finally a man with some real logic, TF3 is one of the summer’s worst movies…thanks Jrod!

      • Clayton

        I’m sorry, but in my opinion, the fact that people could think Transformers 3 is a good summer movie only proves that expectations have been dipping at just about the same rate as attention spans.

    • Jeff T.

      Opinions, opinions, opinions. Gotta love em.

      In MY opinion, it’s the best summer movie. Not the best movie of the year, I never said that, but it’s definitely the most entertaining 2011 blockbuster.

      No doubt in my mind.

      As for these haters running around ( I’m talking in general ), I’m not really surprised. When something is extremely successful and a lot of people like it, it’s pretty normal to attract haters. Thank God that they’re the complete minority and their hatred doesn’t affect anything. It’s just harmless internet talk.

      No one on the outside cares about it. So feel free to bitch all day long, TF haters. The great thing is: you’re not changing anything. At all!

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  • Aaron

    As I said in a previous post regarding this movie in which was a reply to our friend Jeff T:
    See that’s exactly the type of comment I would expect from such a simple minded, easily entertained individual such as your self, this movie is meant for a certain target audience, you seem to fit that criteria quite well, I went to see it because my daughter wanted to, sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your children, she’s 13 and didn’t like it either. What’s up next for you? Smurfs I bet!

    • Jeff T.

      So we’re going personal, huh BAaron?

      I don’t know what’s more pathetic: that you’re still here talking about a movie you claim to hate or that you actually believe that you know a thing about me. Either way, I wouldn’t expect much from a nerd like you, who probably thinks that Inception is the greatest film ever made.

      And btw, I don’t give a shit about your daughter and I certainly don’t give a shit what you like or don’t like. Got it, web worm?

      But the fact that you basically called the entire TF audience “simple minded and easily entertained” really goes to show that I’m dealing with a complete vegetable here. A harmless nerd who’s simply angry that his favorite flicks can’t reach a broader audience like Transformers. Sucks to be in your position, huh?

      And a friendly advice from me, BAaron: don’t get me started on Transformers, because I’ve seen whiners like you many times and I know how to deal with them. So do yourself a favor and don’t try to argue with me on this one.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’ll definitely have some fun playing with you like a toy, but you’re just too boring and predictable for me to waste my time.

      Sorry buddy, but that’s the truth. Now off you go, off you go….

      • Scott

        I agree with Jeff T.

        Aaron, please go suck a lemon.

  • Daniel

    HAHAHAHA Thats right Jeff, no matter how much you hate on it it won’t change the fact that people like it, I mean have you seen the box office numbers?? Their big and they keep growing.

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  • Joe

    What an awesome movie! Action galore, robot after robot and even an intelligent plotline. Oh wait…I was referring to the original animated “Transformers: The Movie” from the 1986. LOL

    Thank you Mr Bay for growing my admiration for directors like Chris Nolan who know how to weave action, intriguing and intelligent plots with characters we care about. Please continue making your ‘movies’. Your Grimlock fan-base loves you.

    • Scott

      LOL, an old school Transformers fan prasing Nolan’s pretentious movies. Nolan is good with characters, I’ll give you that, but he can’t direct action to save his life. The entire world knows that. When it comes to action, Nolan is a fucking baby next to Michael Bay.

      And just to be clear, I loved Transformers 3 and I’m not even a fan of these robots. The movie was exactly what I expected it to be, great sci-fi action film that kept me entertained for more than 2 hours.

      Its success so far really speaks for itself. Congrats to Michael Bay and his team for a job well done!

      • Joe

        “he can’t direct action to save his life. The entire world knows that.”

        The last time I checked here:

        …the “entire world” decided the action, plot and characters were intriguing enough to place TDK at #8. Inception, though not an outright action flick, places at #26 just below TF: RotF an outright ‘action’ flick. Also he’s received 21 Academy nominations. So how is this the “whole world” then? Did you even watch Insomnia, Memento, The Prestige before you labelled his movies “pretentious”.

        Bay is definitely not “pretentious”. He just pretends his audience is stupid that’s all. I’m not saying anything bad about him. I’m glad he makes these movies so that I develop a greater love for the ones I do care about. Glad you enjoyed the movie though. To each his own.

  • Dan

    Come on guys why do you hate Michael so much, he’s an awesome director, yeah I know he’s made bad movies but not all them are bad the TF trilogy is his best work and my fav movies. I know everyone has different ways of thinking but it doesnt give you the right to insult someone.

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