Bay’s Giant Robot Sequel Blows Up the Box Office!

Going into the weekend, there was no doubt Michael Bay’s anticipated sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, would be huge, though few thought it could open as big as last summer’s biggest blockbuster, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, at least not based on the awful reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

After grossing just over $60 million on Wednesday (a record for the weekday opening) and another $29 million on Thursday, the sequel brought in an estimated $112 million over the weekend for a total of $201.2 million in its first five days.

Besides setting a record for a June opening, surpassing 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Bay’s latest grossed the second-largest amount over a five-day period after The Dark Knight‘s $203.8 million. The IMAX Corporation reports that the movie had the best five-day gross, grossing $14.4 million in its first five days on 169 IMAX screens, nearly double what the 5th “Harry Potter” movie did two years ago.

“Revenge of the Fallen” became the third-largest worldwide opening weekend grosser, earning $274 million and beating out last summer’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The film has become Paramount’s biggest international opener of all time, again besting “Indy 4” for the top honor, and ranking as the industry’s fourth-biggest opening of all time abroad. The sequel has taken in $387 million worldwide to date.

Source: Box Office Mojo, Edward Douglas