Based on this weekend’s returns, the Transformers aren’t going to face extinction any time soon.
At the American box office, the fourth installment in the immensely successful franchise opened to an estimated $100 million. That’s the biggest opening of the year so far ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million).
More importantly, it took in over $201 million from 37 world markets. That includes a stunning $90 million in China, which is the biggest “foreign” opening ever there (and probably the biggest overall, though we don’t have data to confirm that).
Overall, the movie earned over $300 million worldwide this weekend. With openings throughout Europe and Latin America on the way, Transformers: Age of Extinction seems poised to make a run at $1 billion.
Domestically, Age of Extinction‘s opening ranks second all-time among Transformers movies behind 2009′s Revenge of the Fallen ($108 million). That’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, though: all three previous movies burned off demand by launching mid-week.
At 353 IMAX locations, Transformers earned $10.7 million (second all-time in June behind last year’s Man of Steel). A 3D share is not available.
The movie’s audience was 64 percent male and 58 percent were 25 years of age and over. They awarded it an “A-” CinemaScore, which is in contrast to its abysmal 17 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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