Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Transformers” Makes $100 Mil in 3 Days, Sets Record for Fun, Mindless Entertainment


The economy is supposed to be bad, right? You hear that a few times a day. But some group of people spent $100 million this weekend on tickets for “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” One hundred million dollars in three days! It’s a record, and the highest opening this year.

Consider that recent Best Picture winners “The Hurt Locker” and “The Artist” earned $17 million and $44 million total, respectively. “Transformers: Act of Sedition” also has made $201 million internationally. Stanley Tucci co-stars in “Transformers: Art of Seduction.” His beloved indie film “Big Night” made $12 million in 1996 (around $17 mil adjusted for inflation).

Maybe this is why Shia LaBeouf had a meltdown on Friday night that ended in his arrest. After appearing in three “Transformer” movies, he wasn’t invited back for number 4.

“Transformers: Ate My Homework” was sorely needed for the Summer 2014 box office. This year is running slightly behind last year. “T4” will catch us up. The next blockbuster doesn’t come until July 11th with “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

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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