B.O. Roundup, June 27-29: 'Transformers 4' Has the Biggest Debut of 2014

Sunday, 29 June 2014 11:03 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, June 27-29: 'Transformers 4' Has the Biggest Debut of 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction just had the biggest opening weekend of the year so far.

Michael Bay's latest cinematic blitzkrieg was guaranteed to be the number one movie at the domestic box office, since the Hasbro sequel was the only new wide release in theaters.

Still, the latest Transformers proved even more robust than anticipated, earning an estimated $100 million from 4,233 locations in North America.

That's enough to knock Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which debuted to the tune of 95.0 million back in April, off its pedestal as 2014's biggest opener. 

Not only is Transformers: Age of Extinction the first release of the year to open in the triple digits, but its phenomenal Friday was the single busiest day for any movie this year.  The relentlessly long action-adventure collected a whopping $41.6 million on its first day, zipping past the $38.4 million Godzilla collected in its first Friday last month.

Back in 2007, the first Transformers live action movie proved that the toy franchise could bring the bacon with a $70.5 million opening.  The much-maligned 2009 sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen marked the busiest debut of the series, racking up $108.9 million without the benefit of 3D ticket prices, which goosed the debuts of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($97.8 million).

Though still a sequel, Age of Extinction swaps out some franchise elements, bringing in Mark Wahlberg to replace Shia LaBeouf as the human face of the mayhem and doubling down on its Transformers-ness.  The result suggests that despite a conspicuous lack of enthusiasm from audiences and a critical evisceration, the series still has plenty of gas in its robo-tank.

And, of course, Transformers: Age of Extinction is a big hit in the increasingly crucial international markets, hauling in an estimated $201 million for a global three-day total of $301 million.  A huge chunk of that came from China, where Transformers movies are hugely popular.  Bay and company deliberately sought a Chinese audience, adding Li Bingbing and setting a long stretch of the film in China.  As a result, the sequel amassed $90 million in that country alone.

But back to North America.  Here are the top ten movies for the weekend of June 27th through 29th:

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction..............................$100.0 million...............New Release

2. 22 Jump Street...........................................................$15.4 million.................$139.8 million

3. How to Train Your Dragon 2......................................$13.1 million.................$121.8 million

4. Think Like a Man........................................................$10.4 million.................$48.1 million

5. Maleficent...................................................................$8.2 million...................$201.8 million

6. Jersey Boys................................................................$7.6 million...................$27.3 million

7. Edge of Tomorrow.....................................................$5.2 million...................$84.1 million

8. The Fault In Our Stars...............................................$4.8 million...................$109.5 million

9. X-Men: Days of Future Past......................................$3.3 million...................$223.3 million

10. Chef...........................................................................$1.6 million...................$19.4 million

With the July 4th holiday falling on Friday this year, next week's big releases all drop on Wednesday, when Relativity's family-friendly adventure Earth to Echo faces off against Melissa McCarthy in Tammy and the paranormal horrors of Deliver Us From Evil.

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