TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Takes Top 2014 US Opening Weekend, High China Gross

It's Optimus Prime riding Grimlock. How can that not make you happy?
Credit: Paramount
Credit: Paramount

Transformers: Age of Extinction showed no signs of franchise fatigue in its opening weekend, posting giant robot-sized numbers in both the US and abroad. With a $100 million opening domestically despite a slightly slower start, it took the top spot of the year, overtaking Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s nearly 3-month old first position of $95 million. The movie also set some international records, leading to a $300 million worldwide opening and a relatively assured fast track to another billion dollar success for Paramount and Michael Bay.

The foreign markets were kind with a $201.3 million first weekend, without any of the major Europe or Latin America markets seeing opening this week. That strength came off record-setting openings for multiple Asian markets like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong (where the entire third act of the movie takes place), and a staggering $90 million in China, only 10 less than the domestic gross. A UK (and other European market) opening next weekend should keep the movie on track for over $750 total overseas and a billion dollars total worldwide by the end of the summer. While the movie earned a 17% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences enjoyed the brainless blockbuster to the tune of an A- cinemascore (calculated through audience reviews directly as they exit the theater in large markets).

Elsewhere in blockbuster geekdom, X-Men: Days of Future Past is now the highest-grossing movie of the year worldwide with $713 million, about 2 million more than Winter Soldier and 10 million more than Amazing Spider-Man 2. Cap is still leading the charge in domestic gross, though, with just about $350,000 (yes, only thousand) more than The Lego Movie, and despite the strong start from Transformers could wind up maintaining that top domestic spot for the duration of 2014.

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