Monday, April 15, 2024

“Transformers” Makes $41 Mil on Friday Night with Horrible Reviews, Crazy Length


Michael Bay, a sort of scourge on cinema, is back. His latest “Transformers” movie made a shocking $41.6 million on Friday night. It’s not a movie but a product with an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. It also runs a whopping 165 minutes. I cannot imagine what this experience would like– two hours and 45 minutes of being force fed fast food, I suppose, with similar results.

Anyway, this newest “Age of Extinction” has already earned $80 million abroad, so do the math. The movie’s budget is $210 million, which means $250 million in Hollywood where no one tells the truth about these things. So “Age of Extinction”–(in Hollywood, age of extinction is 40, but that’s another story) is a monster hit. Paramount can breathe a sigh of relief. This pays for small films they can take a chance on later in the year.

Also, a tip of the hat to Mark Wahlberg. He is the hardest working guy and incredibly consistent. Putting him into this “Transformers” movie was great idea.

On the other end of the spectrum, I’m so happy to seeĀ  John Carney’s “Begin Again” scored $43,600 in five theaters last night. That’s HUGE. Wider release comes on July 2nd. Go see this movie and tell me how much you liked it. This is just “begin”ning!

PS Warner Bros should be pleased. Both “Jersey Boys” and “Edge of Tomorrow” are hanging in there. They are solid Hollywood entertainments, perfect escapism on a muggy night!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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