We reported on Saturday that Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in his hugely successful franchise, opened in the US with $41.6 million, the highest Friday gross of the year so far. It was expected that the film would become the first feature this year to achieve $100 million at the US box office, crushing Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $95 million debut weekend figures.
While not surpassing the expected figure, Transformers: Age of Extinction just managed to achieve $100 million in the US, making it the biggest opener of the year so far. Predictions are now saying the film is on track to achieve somewhere between $250 and $280 million for its total US haul, while others believe it will be the first film this year to reach the $300 million mark in the US.
Elsewhere the film opened huge, achieving China’s highest ever opening with $90 million, and an overall figure of $201 million from 37 markets outside of the US. The film still has plenty of places to open, with the film being released here in the UK this coming Saturday, and still the rest of Europe, Transformers: Age of Extinction is on track to be the biggest film of the year so far.
Age of Extinction ranks second in the US opening stakes for the franchise, just behind 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen which opened with $108 million. However, all previous Transformers films benefited from opening a few days before the usual Friday release date. Here is how the franchise stacks up in terms of US and worldwide box office figures:
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
No doubt the film will go on the rule the box office, but oddly the fourth film in the franchise has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score, with an appalling 17% recorded. The first Transformers movie has the highest with 57%.
Here is how the US box office stands after this weekends figures:
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
Transformers: Age of Extinction is directed by Michael Bay, and written by Ehren Kruger. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Nicola Peltz, T.J. Miller and Li Bingbing.
Transformers: Age of Extinction will arrive in cinemas on 5th July 2014.
As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.