Transformers Slays The Box-Office

Overcoming the near unanimously awful reviews, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” scored a massive estimated $201.2 million first five-day haul domestically and a further $187 million from international box-office receipts at a very active weekend at the box-office.

‘Fallen’ came surprisingly close but didn’t topple “The Dark Knight” record of $203.8 million for the opening five days last Summer domestically. Internationally it was the fourth biggest opening of all time behind the third entries in the ‘Pirates’ and “Spider-Man” franchises and the fifth “Harry Potter” film.

Other shifts took place as well. Disney’s “Up” has scored a gross of $250.2 million, sailing past “Star Trek” as the new king of domestic box-office for the year for a few days anyway until ‘Fallen’ surpasses it.

‘Trek’ and “The Hangover” remain the strongest holding titles at the box-office with the former at $246M gross and the latter at $183M. The pair will likely pass the $250M & $200M barriers respectively next weekend.

“Year One” plunged 70.4% in its second weekend, whereas Sandra Bullock rom-com “The Proposal” fell just 45.1% in its sophomore session. The only other wide release in the US this weekend, “My Sister’s Keeper”, took in a modest $12 million and came fifth.

In limited release, the acclaimed Kathryn Bigelow-directed action film “The Hurt Locker” scored a stellar $36,000 per screen average across four screens, easily the best average of any film in release right now (‘Fallen’ scored a $26,000 per screen average). Woody Allen comedy “Whatever Works” was the only other film with an impressive average ($11,029 per screen on 35 screens). Michelle Pfeiffer period comedy “Cheri” opened across 76 screens for a $408,000 gross (a $5,368 per screen average).

Various early Summer films are coming towards the nadir of their runs with their final domestic grosses coming into view. It looks as if “Monster vs. Aliens” will finish with $200M, “Wolverine” with $180M, “Angels & Demons” with $135M, “Terminator Salvation” with $128M, “Land of the Lost” with $50M, and “Drag Me to Hell” with $44M.