Michael Bay’s fourth instalment in his popular Transformers series is set for a whopping US opening weekend, and is also looking to become China’s biggest ever weekend opener.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opened on Thursday in the US with $8.75 million, the lowest so far for the franchise, however Friday saw the film haul in a massive $41.6 million, which is the biggest opening day of the year so far in the US. Paramount are expecting the film to take $100 million in its total weekend box office haul, which would make it the first film since 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to break the $100 million opening weekend mark. Other box office predictions are expecting more than Paramount’s goal, and in reality the film is looking to achieve $104 million in its opening US weekend.
This would mark the second best opening for director Michael Bay’s $2.6 billion movie series. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” debuted to $109 million in 2009.
Although the last Transformers movie, Dark of the Moon, made $50 million less in the US than its predecessor, each new installment has grossed progressively more worldwide. Dark of the Moon made $1.1 billion to become the seventh highest worldwide grosser of all time. It was miles ahead of Revenge of the Fallen’s $836 million and the original film’s $710 million.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is also set to smash Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s reign of biggest US opener of the year so far, which the Marvel film achieved in April opening with $95 million.
Age of Extinction is the first Transformers movie to not feature Shia LaBeouf, and Mark Wahlberg has taken over the role of lead male. However, it is also the worst reviewed film yet in the series, with a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The first Transformers movie has the highest with 57%.
Variety also reports record breaking numbers in China:
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is on pace to shatter opening weekend records in China, according to three individuals with knowledge of the market.
The Paramount Pictures release debuted to $30 million in the People’s Republic, counting midnight figures from Thursday. That represents a record for the largest opening day for a foreign film in China. It is on pace to do at least $80 million at the Chinese box office and will probably climb even higher, the individuals said.
“It’s a new stratosphere,” said one individual.
A spokeswoman for Paramount declined to comment.
If it hits that figure, it will be an opening weekend record. “Iron Man 3? posted a $64.5 million debut when it premiered last year, which was the previous high-water mark.
If the picture continues to attract crowds into its second or third weeks, it could surpass the $221.9 million that “Avatar” made during its Chinese release, which was a record total for a U.S. film.
Analysts think that a $200 million-plus haul is achievable for “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” The pic was partly filmed in China and includes Chinese talent such as local star Li Bingbing. Paramount also partnered with several Chinese companies on sponsorship deals that helped raise awareness.
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.