Weekend box office: Transformers: Age of Extinction opens huge
After all the griping and complaining from critics and fanboys alike about Michael Bay doing yet another Transformers movie and even after the reviews came in that the film was even more spastic than the first three, it seems that audiences just don’t care. In fact, they didn’t care to the tune of more than $100 million at the weekend box office, putting it on pace to be the biggest movie of the year. Yes, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION will probably end up having the best opening weekend of 2014. So if you were hoping Michael Bay would step down and do something else, you can kiss those dreams goodbye. Bay will be making Transformers movies until people stop going to see them and from the looks of it, that won’t be any time soon. To put it in perspective, this is the second largest opening for a Transformers film, right behind the second film, Revenge of the Fallen, which opened with $108 million.
Next week sees the release of Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy, TAMMY. I’m sure TAMMY will do okay, but I don’t think it has any chance of beating TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. And given how well 22 JUMP STREET is continuing to do, I’m not sure it’s going to take that audience away either. We also have the horror film DELIVER US FROM EVIL and normally I’d dismiss it, but since we don’t have anything else in the way of horror films, it might be able to find an audience. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction $100m
2. 22 Jump Street $15.4m
3. How To Train Your Dragon $13.1m
4. Think Like a Man Too $10.4m
5. Maleficent $8.2m
6. Jersey Boys $7.6m
7. Edge of Tomorrow $5.2m
8. The Fault in Our Stars $4.8m
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past $3.3m
10. Chef $1.6m