Transformers: Dark of the Moon impresses but Larry Crowne disappoints at the weekend box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

Remember when the 4th of July weekend used to belong to Will Smith?  That seems like a long time ago.  Lately, the Fourth of July belongs to Transformers and this weekend was no exception.  The third installment of the franchise, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, looks like it will rake in close to $100 million for the three day weekend and nearly $180 million for its seven day total (it opened in Imax 3D on Tuesday, June 29th).  Those numbers aren’t bad at all, but they do trail TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN by nearly 24%.  TF2 managed to bring in $128 million over its three day weekend, but that’s a little misleading because TF2 didn’t have the early Tuesday screenings.

The disappointment of the weekend belongs to Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, who have probably brought their star power into question by not being able to open a romantic comedy over the 4th of July weekend.  LARRY CROWNE only managed about $13.5 million for the three day total.  Remember the good ole days when Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks could open a movie to $50 million by themselves?  Personally, I think it had more to do with timing; summer audiences aren’t going to flock to a romantic comedy with 40/50-ish year-old actors.

Next week sees the release of another brainless Kevin James comedy, ZOOKEEPER and an iffy R-rated comedy HORRIBLE BOSSES.  TF3 is actually getting some good word of mouth, so don’t be surprised to see it get the top spot next weekend as well. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

Transformers Dark of the Moon Box

These numbers are for the 3-day weekend only.  Full holiday weekend numbers will be posted tomorrow.

1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $98m

2. Cars 2 $24.7m

3. Bad Teacher $14m

4. Larry Crowne $13.5m

5. Monte Carlo $7.5m

6. Green Lantern $7m

7. Super 8 $6.7m

8. Mr. Popper’s Penguins $5m

9. Midnight in Paris $3.4m

10. Bridesmaids $3.3m

Source: Deadline

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