Box Office: Transformers Moons The World for $372 Million

Don’t tell Michael Bay and Paramount that audiences are not feeling “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. In just its first week of release, the third installment in the transforming robot franchise has collected a whopping $372 million worldwide according to studio estimates. Proving that 3D still has some say in things, 60% of the movie’s revenues came from 3D screenings at a record 2,789 locations. Looks like having Bay and LaBeouf going to every single media outlet out there saying, “You HAVE to see this thing in 3D!!!” paid off. Even considering its nearly $200 million dollar production budget, the film is cruising easily towards profitability, which, of course, means only one thing — Paramount suits scrambling to figure a way to give you “Transformers 4″ in a few years. With or without Bay or star Shia Labeouf, a part 4 seems like a given — as long as the transforming robots return, and last I heard, they had no say in the matter.

With “Transformers” dominating the box office, it was all about counter programming for the other studios. Universal brought out adult comedy “Larry Crowne”, with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, while Fox went after the tweener girl audience with the Selena Gomez vehicle “Monte Carlo”. Neither film came close to matching “Dart of the Moon’s” take, but then again, they probably weren’t supposed to. “Crowne” earned $13 million in its first week, while “Carlo” took in $7.6 million dollars worth of teenage girl ticket sales. The two films were fourth and fifth place, respectively, on the charts for the weekend.

Last week’s #1, “Cars 2″ continues to chug along, adding an additional $25 million to its coffers, giving it $116 million so far in two weeks of release, and $198 million worldwide. Not bad, but perhaps bad reviews are starting to take its toll on the animated sequel in subsequent weeks, especially considering that it cost even more than “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, with its estimated production budget around the $200 million mark. Cameron Diaz’s “Bad Teacher”, meanwhile, is already a bona fide hit, earning $59 million so far in two weeks of release, and just shy of $78 million worldwide from a $20 million dollar budget. After “Bridesmaids” and now this, you can expect a flood of imitators to hit the markets in the next few years.

Notables:

J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8″ continues to do well while still flying under the radar. The film has earned $147 million worldwide so far. The same can’t be said for Warner Bros.’ $200 million dollar superhero movie “Green Lantern”, which continues to struggle towards any semblance of respectability. After three weeks, the Ryan Reynolds film has only made $131 million worldwide so far, with over $101 million of that coming from domestic box office, where it is quickly petering off. So what does that mean? Probably that if you were hoping for a sequel, you can stop hoping now, it’s not going to happen. At least, not until some genius suit at Warner Bros. decides to “reboot” it. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Well, I’m not. Wait for it, wait for it…

Meanwhile, as predicted, Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has surpassed the $1 billion dollar mark, making it the third Johnny Depp movie to hit the mark, following in the footsteps of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”.



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  • baddog

    Ok Ryan, it is time for Deadpool to come out of the closet. You don’t need a bunch of special effects for Deadpool either, so the cost should be minimal. The Expendables didn’t do to bad being rated “R”. So come on down pluck down and invest 50-80 million to do Deadpool and you will make your money.

  • http://whatafy.com whatafy

    I hope they won’t make Transformers 4 because this threesequel ended very good.

  • http://whatafy.com whatafy

    I hope they won’t make Transformers 4 because this threesequel ended very good.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Ryan Reynolds has spoken about a Deadpool project. He wants to do it on the cheap, make it R rated. Thinking something like Ninja Assassin. Not sure it’s something i want to see.

    And I’m not sure how ryan reynolds got into the super hero business. I guess he did a physical transformation for Blade and doesn’t want to waste the effort and time it took to get into shape? His face and “loud” acting with smart alec lines doesn’t make him a believeable super hero to me.

    • Anonymous

      If you don’t want to see an R rated gritty deadpool then you don’t want to see deadpool at all. Your money will not be missed as they were never going to have it to begin with lol!

      Ryan Reynolds is an avid comic book fan who cares about the characters and not just the payday. Plus, smart alec lines, loud acting, quick wit and silliness make him perfect for certain characters I.e. Deadpool or The Flash.

      I think he did extremely well with the Green Lantern and the film showed, with great pacing, the vastness of the mythos and characters. I chalk up the sales numbers to just good old fashioned failed marketing and timing. It was a solid venture that set a great groundwork for spectacular story to play out.

      On another note, Ryan Reynolds is quickly becoming another actor that people hate on LIKE Matt Damon before the Bourne movies and Ben Affleck before he started directing and acting in films that are turning peoples heads. People who hate Ryan Reynolds and say he can’t act, need to go for deeper films and not just mainstream features where he is type casted. Check out Buried and or his dark comedy Chaos Theory and get back to me.

      • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

        I’d love to see an R rated gritty Deadpool, and you’re right, I just don’t think they’ll make it, though Reynolds said he wanted to make one. Not sure it will actually get off the ground.

        TBH, i never followed Deadpool, so i don’t know his personality. If that’s how it’s suppose to be done, then that’s that. I think I collected a few The Flash, but didn’t actually read those them. So i’ll take your word he’s playing those characters accordingly. Just seems like Reynolds gets tagged to only play these types of characters when I think he can do much more.

        I’m on the same page with you regarding Reynolds. I actually like him, which is why I’d like him to do a little bit more with his super hero characters. Obviously he’s not directing, etc so he’s playing the role as asked. I think you said in Green Lantern, he does this (yay). Maybe he does need a “Bourne” type of vehicle.

        • Anonymous

          I think, if done right, One of these comic films could be his Bourne vehicle. Deadpool actually! If done gritty and taken seriously it is a very versatile and attractive film that could pull in alot of casual viewers. I just wish fox had nothing to do with it. I would love to see Ryan Reynolds play the Question. But anyway, We shall see.

          And yes I felt Ryan reynolds was very good in Green Lantern. He was funny when he needed to be and was very serious when he needed to be. Everyone did a great job in my opinion. It could only get better from what theyve done to set up the Universe and flesh out the motivations of certain characters.

        • Anonymous

          I think, if done right, One of these comic films could be his Bourne vehicle. Deadpool actually! If done gritty and taken seriously it is a very versatile and attractive film that could pull in alot of casual viewers. I just wish fox had nothing to do with it. I would love to see Ryan Reynolds play the Question. But anyway, We shall see.

          And yes I felt Ryan reynolds was very good in Green Lantern. He was funny when he needed to be and was very serious when he needed to be. Everyone did a great job in my opinion. It could only get better from what theyve done to set up the Universe and flesh out the motivations of certain characters.