BOX OFFICE: TRANSFORMERS: AOE Could Be On Track For A $100M Opening Weekend

It may have been blasted by critics, (currently sitting at 17% on Rotten Tomatoes) but that hasn't stopped the public from coming out in droves for Michael Bay's latest Transformers flick. After a strong Friday opening, "AgeOf Extinction" might juts reach a whopping $100M over the weekend.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 6/28/2014
Michael Bay's Transformers movies have always made a ton of cash, while being critically panned. Of course it's not unusual for general audiences to completely go against the critical consensus, but the funny thing is, most of the people over 15 that I know hate the damn things too! Bay has admitted that he makes these movies for teenage boys, and I guess there must be quite a lot of 'em spending their pocked money this weekend! Deadline report that after rolling out into 4,233 theaters on around 10,000 screens, "Age Of Extinction" is now estimated to have a $40M Friday on track for around a $100M weekend. Many think bad WOM will hinder that, but it didn't seem to hurt the previous two flicks. Will you be seeing Transformers: Age Of Extinction this weekend?


TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise. Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing , Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver star. The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction is directed by Michael Bay, from a script by Ehren Kruger. The cast includes: Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci and Jack Reynor. The movie is et for release on June 27th, 2014.
Source: Deadline
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themidnightking - 6/28/2014, 2:41 AM
I still haven't seen it yet lol
JoJo1982 - 6/28/2014, 2:45 AM
Wow... great job

First movie this year to break a 100 million
CaptainProg - 6/28/2014, 3:08 AM
Heard it was shit.
CaptainProg - 6/28/2014, 3:09 AM
3rd!
Rulk - 6/28/2014, 3:12 AM
And there goes my faith in humanity... and a chance at a Michael Bay-less great Transformers franchise. :(

Oh well.. there's always the GOBOTS...
19001560 - 6/28/2014, 3:13 AM
shit movie! just likes Man of steel!
knocturnal - 6/28/2014, 3:17 AM
About 20 mins of the 2 hr 45 mins was watchable, fell asleep half way through
sameoldthing - 6/28/2014, 3:23 AM
Why?!...why are idiots supporting this movie?
The entire franchise has been garbage,did they think adding Whalberg who did it for a big payday,would suddenly make it good?

The general audience & some brainwashed wanna-be Trans Fans keep making this crap successful. It needs to stop. Fools.
giannis - 6/28/2014, 3:25 AM
I'm watching it in 6 hours!
KallarkKent - 6/28/2014, 3:27 AM
What was AoE fridays' midnight showing? If it was higher than 10 mil it is a good indicator that it will reach 100 mill.
charlie2094 - 6/28/2014, 3:28 AM
No surprise there...still can't believe these keep doing so well, guess we're going to keep getting more of the same. Was really pulling for a Bay-less Transformers taking the series in a different direction, this just looks more of the same empty characters, bland story and stuff blows up. Guess that's what 5 & 6 will be too!

Good numbers, highly doubt it's deserved though, going by previous entries
loki668 - 6/28/2014, 3:37 AM
It's eye candy that goes boom. What else says "summer" besides that? Mosquitoes?







Of course, there is the other side to this argument


Richardness - 6/28/2014, 3:39 AM
I'll be passing hard on this one....
Jollem - 6/28/2014, 3:47 AM
for every person that declares they wont see the movie, there will be a hundred who will
Ace101 - 6/28/2014, 3:48 AM
im a fan of the first 3. but after rewatching the old 90's series, transformers prime and playing war for and fall of cybertron i just cant get excited for this movie cause i know it aint gonna be as good as those. gonna watch it for the soundtrack that sht is always awesome!
Maven - 6/28/2014, 3:50 AM
Saw this two nights ago

It tried to be funny. We walked out of the theatre and everyone was just bashing the sh*t out of this film. Absolutely hilarious, wish I saw Jump Street instead.
KallarkKent - 6/28/2014, 3:51 AM
AoE Friday midnight showing was 8.7 mil, that's lower than Cap and around the same DOFP. I think this will movie make around 90 to 93 mil. only if it opens to 40 mil on Friday it could reach 100 mil, but based midnight showings and based on how off box office tracking has been this summer I highly doubt it. I could be wrong, but I don't think AoE will break the century mark.
DredStar - 6/28/2014, 3:51 AM
No billion dollar movie this year... Hrrm.
loki668 - 6/28/2014, 3:56 AM
I saw it. It was what I expected. And, what I was expecting was NOT Shakespeare, so I had that going for me:) I, occasionally, need to see shit blown up. It soothes me. My main gripe was that they missed their opportunity to make Mark Wahlberg "feel the vibrations".
Jollem - 6/28/2014, 3:57 AM




TheBrownHornet - 6/28/2014, 4:12 AM
This movie is horrible. Horrible!!!
DredStar - 6/28/2014, 4:13 AM
A lower RT score than Revenge of the Fallen, now that's hard to swallow.
0megaDaGod - 6/28/2014, 4:19 AM
In terms of box office numbers, this has been one of the worst summers in a minute
DrunkenNukem - 6/28/2014, 4:22 AM
Optimus riding a dinobot, im gonna die of a Michael Bay overdose, something like a reverse psychotropic drug
lexxust - 6/28/2014, 4:25 AM
the movie needs a much better story. this one feels like someone just said its time to make number 4 and just came up with anything. just make big explosions, big fights some chase scenes and not much more. oh except for the bad language, it is not for little kids to see. number 1 was great, number 3 was great. number 2 and 4 are just ok but nothing special.
Jollem - 6/28/2014, 4:28 AM
has anyone actually seen the original transformers cartoons? they aren't exactly the intellectual masterpieces people apparently expect from the movies. ya know, movies about robots fighting and stuff
MrYurMomm - 6/28/2014, 4:30 AM
The Transformers films are a guilty pleasure of mine, can't wait to see it again in IMAX 3D! Taking my girl and her parents later on today.

Sometimes, when you've watched a ton of great films, you need to watch a shitty mindless action packed movie to remind you why the others are great. What better way to do that than watch Transformers? Well, I mean, you COULD watch Man of Steel too, whatever floats your boat.
TelaVizion - 6/28/2014, 4:32 AM
I saw it last night. It's good, but too many human solo scenes in it. More than the original trilogy.

When you get the bot scenes,you can see how perfect these movies would be without organisms in it. But that would cost a hell of a lot to make a full movie in this beautiful style CGI (which was so superior).

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 (really only cause of all the solo human scenes).


And there is some brutal autobot killling like there was in the first animated Transformers movie from the 80s
Moviefanatic14 - 6/28/2014, 4:34 AM
First good second not, third good, fourth not, maybe if we get a fifth it'll be great hmmm
grif - 6/28/2014, 4:34 AM
said the same about..

tasm2
godzilla
dofp

cap2 beat em all
TelaVizion - 6/28/2014, 4:34 AM
Oh, and also be prepared, The Dino bots don't show up until in the last half hour of the movie.
Jollem - 6/28/2014, 4:36 AM
did somebody say man of steel? bestest cbm ever
ScabbyJ - 6/28/2014, 4:39 AM
WAY too long. I would've been happy w/ 2 hour & a half films released 2-3 months apart.
McNyagano - 6/28/2014, 4:40 AM

GA15 - 6/28/2014, 4:42 AM
will i go see it?
Pending - 6/28/2014, 4:48 AM
Family wants to go see this, Definitely going to convince them to save that money for Dawn of the Apes instead.
Lhornbk - 6/28/2014, 5:01 AM
Just remember, many were also predicting that TASM 2 and DoFP would break the $100 million mark, and they ended up not even getting to $95 million for their opening 3-day weekend (DoFP opened Memorial Day weekend, and if you add Monday to it since it was a 4-day weekend, it had around $120 million. But for just Friday-Sunday, including Thursday night, it only had around $93 million.) So I'm gonna wait till the actual figures come in on Monday before I start talking about it breaking the $100 million mark.

For those of you that think Transformers should have a better story and director and all that, you need to remember something. Transformers are a bunch of TOYS that look like cars or planes or something else, and then change into robots that fight each other. What, you expect them to write the equivalent of Hamlet for them? Do you want female Transformers so that Optimus Prime and Bumblebee can have a love story? They're TOYS! These are movies about TOYS! If you really want a movie about TOYS, expect a movie that has little in the way of plot and has a lot of action and explosions. Considering that they are TOYS, I thought Bay and the writers did a good job coming up with a story for them in the first and third films (the second, ehhhh.....not so much.) Haven't seen AoE, not sure if I will (I didn't see the third until it was on EPIX), but that's mainly because I just don't like Transformers that much. I'm not looking forward to a different director rebooting Transformers. I'm hoping that someday we don't have Transformer movies at all. TOYS, these are movies about TOYS, which is just fundamentally stupid, no matter who makes them.
Enphlieuwince - 6/28/2014, 5:05 AM
Well, he is making it obvious who his target audience is. That is one thing I have to applaud the man on. He isn't trying to make this franchise something it isn't. There has never been anything particularly exceptional about American cartoons, especially when compared to anime. The thing about G.I. Joe, Transformers, and, TMNT is they were just better than the alternative at the time AND, those of us who were fans way back then, our standards were much lower. Don't get me wrong. There are some gems, but, they are few and far between in restrospect. And, once again, many still would be thanks to our friends in Japan.

On the other hands, I think there is a market for a mature audience that grew up on the original series. For that, he would have to alter the franchise to have it grow with the audience or give a truly faithful adaptation close to the G1 series. Either way, I'd wager that many ppl would be dissatisfied with his effort.

In any event, I just hope it doesn't flat out bomb because I would like to see a different interpretation in my lifetime. Even if it does flop (which is unlikely), I believe the franchise has already made enough money for them to consider a reboot eventually. That's all I have to look forward to.
GAC - 6/28/2014, 5:15 AM
People who get bent out of shape over the success of movies they dont like are stupid (looking at you Josh amongst others). Why does it bother you so? Heres a simple solution to your dilema, DON'T GO TO SEE IT. But seriously, you guys put way too much importance on movies. Movies are not that important at all, any type of movie. They're entertainment, escapism, time-killers. There are countless things in life way more important than movies...grow up for Gods sake!
ClarkFarley2012 - 6/28/2014, 5:18 AM
Is Hot Rod in this? If not, then forget it lol.
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