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Transformers: Age of Extinction hits $100 million in US and $301.3 million worldwide

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay’s Transformers franchise shows no sign of box office fatigue as the fourth film in the series, Age of Extinction, became the first film of 2014 to hit the $100 million mark in its opening weekend.

The film took exactly $100 million to top the US box office and proved even more dominant internationally, where it took $201.3 million for a total global haul of $301.3 million. In China alone, where some of the film was shot, it took $90 million.

The figures are all the more impressive given that Age of Extinction marks a new beginning of sorts for the franchise as former cast members Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox were replaced by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor.

The film, which cost an estimated $210 million to make, marks the biggest opening of Wahlberg’s career.

The plot of Age of Extinction picks up four years after the face-off between the Autobots and the Decepticons in Chicago in the last film, Dark of the Moon, and introduces the Dinobots for the first time.

Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore commented: “Mark [Wahlberg] is incredibly likable and together, Michael [Bay] and Mark have refreshed the franchise. You definitely see the great chemistry between them.”

Age of Extinction‘s opening figure means that it beat Dark of the Moon‘s debut ($97.9 million) but fell below the $108 million taken by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. However, Dark of the Moon remains the best overall performer and it’s that figure, of $1.12 billion, that Age of Extinction will now be looking to beat.

The film has a good chance as it has yet to open in most European markets, including the UK, where Paramount has decided to hold off until the World Cup draws to a close.

In other box office milestones this weekend, Disney’s Maleficent and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 both crossed the $200 million threshold.

The US top five was comprised of 22 Jump Street in second place (with $15.4 million for a US total of $139.8 million), How to Train Your Dragon 2 in third with $13.1 million, last week’s champ Think Like a Man Too in fourth with $10.4 million and Maleficent in fifth with $8.2 million.

Needless to say, a fifth Transformers film is already in the works.

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