Transformers: Age Of Extinction is biggest opening of 2014

News Simon Brew
30 Jun 2014 - 06:23

Critics be damned! Michael Bay's Transformers 4 is on course to be the biggest movie of the year at the box office....

Overtaking the $95m taken by Captain America: The Winter Soldier in its first US weekend, director Michael Bay cemented his position as one of the most commercially popular fimmakers on the planet with the opening of his latest movie, Transformers: Age Of Extinction. The film took $100m at the US box office over the weekend, making it the biggest opening of 2014 so far. Furthermore, it added another $201m from outside the US, including $90m in China alone. The film's total sits at just over $300m, four days into its run.

As things stand, Transformers: Age Of Extinction is likely to break the $1bn global box office barrier that the previous movie, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon soared past. Without major competition, it may also match the third film's total business in the US too.

Furthermore, the CinemaScore ranking, taken from US moviegoers on their way out of the film, is a high A-. And that surely makes Transformers the movie franchise that is both the most critic proof, and also the one whose audience stands most apart from the critical reaction. The regular accusation aimed at critics of Transformers films is that they subjected the movies to too deep analysis when they're just designed to be a good night out at the movies. The continually high box office totals, and that CinemaScore grading, can't but suggest there's something to that argument.

Paramount has already scheduled Transformers 5 for 2016. It just remains to be seen now if Michael Bay will return to direct it. As things stand, Transformers: Age Of Extinction is going to take some toppling from its spot of number one film at the box office in 2014...

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