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In its second week, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” remains king of the box office, earning another stellar $47 million according to studio estimates, easily besting new releases “Horrible Bosses” and “Zookeeper” for the #1 spot. The Michael Bay robot shoot’em up has earned $261 million at the domestic box office so far, and a whopping $558 million worldwide. Imagine how much more it could have made if the movie was, say, 30 minutes shorter. Which, frankly, it should have been, but that’s another article.
At the rate it’s going, it’s possible that “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” might end up being the most profitable in the franchise, though it still has to survive two very cut-throat upcoming weekends. The first “Transformers” in 2007 topped off at $709 worldwide, while “Revenge of the Fallen” two years later holds the record with $836 million worldwide. “DOTM’s” competition for next week includes “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″, and “Captain America: The First Avenger” the week after that. So yeah, those robots better sharpen up their stabbing knives, cause it’s gonna get pretty rough the next two weeks.
With the gigantic transforming robots lording over the top spot, new releases “Horrible Bosses” and “Zookeeper” were forced to duke it out for #2. In the battle of the comedies, the ensemble and R-Rated “Horrible Bosses” beat out the family friendly Kevin James vehicle “Zookeeper” by $7 million for the second slot, earning $28 million in its debut. “Zookeeper”, meanwhile, earned $21 million in its first weekend. That’s better than James’ last comedy, the horrificially reviewed “The Dilemma”, but less than his “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, which opened with a surprising $31 million 2 years earlier.
The lesson here? Never, ever underestimate the comedic potential of Colin Farrell in a fat suit or Jennifer Aniston eating a hotdog while wearing lingerie.
Or alien robots from outer space that blows everything up…