Transformers Scores $300M Global Opening

Following its $41.6 million opening day on Friday, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” opened to a further $31.8 million on Saturday at the U.S. box-office. The studio is now estimating a $100 million weekend, but the actual number won’t be revealed until tomorrow morning.

Overseas the film is conquering everything it touches, scoring the biggest opening weekend internationally of 2014 with $201.3 million from just 37 territories (not including domestic). The film took the top spot in every market it opened in, and is up 35% over the opening of the previous entry “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon”.

Most significant is China where it’s expected to score $90 million for the weekend. The film also has deliberately avoided many European and some key South American countries – holding off opening the film until the final days of the World Cup.

Back in the United States and in its second week, “Think Like a Man Too” plunged 64% to score $10.4 million and a fourth place spot. Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys” fared better in its second time around with a 43% drop to $7.6 million. “22 Jump Street” came in second with $15.4 million and has pulled in a total so far of $139.8 million domestically, surpassing the gross of the first film.

Both Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. The latter has pretty much wrapped up its run at the box-office whereas the Disney fantasy tale is still in the Top Ten and has a few more weeks of life left to it.

In limited release there were two strong performers with sci-fi tale “Snowpiercer” taking a $20,263 per screen average across eight screens, whilst the Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo musical “Begin Again” took in $29,600 per screen across five screens.

Over in the UK, “Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie” easily took the top spot with $7.8 million. The film adaptation of the popular sitcom also had Ireland’s biggest opening of 2014.