Transformers 4 Destroys Movie Competition
Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age of Extinction with a cast led by Mark Wahlberg debuted with $100.0 million at the box office last weekend. The fourth installment of the popular sci-fi action franchise performed in line with pre-release expectations and delivered the largest opening weekend performance of 2014 to date, just topping the $95.02 million start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Transformers: Age of Extinction delivered the fourth largest June opening weekend of all-time behind only last year’s Man of Steel, 2010’s Toy Story 3 and 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The opening weekend performance of Transformers: Age of Extinction was in the same neighborhood as the $97.85 million opening weekend of 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, though the opening weekend of Dark of the Moon was obviously deflated from that film opening on a Wednesday.
Sony Pictures’ 22 Jump Street placed in a distant second with $15.84 million. The successful action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum fell 42 percent from the previous weekend, which represented a solid hold, especially given the new competition the film faced from Transformers: Age of Extinction. 22 Jump Street has grossed an impressive $140.28 million in 17 days, which means it has already surpassed the $138.45 million final domestic gross of 2012’s 21 Jump Street. 22 Jump Street is currently running 51 percent ahead of the $92.88 million 17-day take of 21 Jump Street.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in third with $13.24 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 46 percent from the previous weekend. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has yet to stabilize for a family film and continues to perform below expectations with a 17-day gross of $121.95 million. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now running a disappointing 9 percent behind the $133.40 million 17-day gross of 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon.
On the heels of its first place debut, Sony’s Think Like a Man Too fell three spots and a sharp 65 percent to land in fourth with $10.32 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was off to a very solid start, especially with its modest price tag, but has displayed poor holding power since then. With a 10-day gross of $48.08 million, Think Like a Man Too is running 20.5 percent behind the $60.47 million 10-day take of 2012’s Think Like a Man.
Holding up far better last weekend was Disney Entertainment’s Maleficent, which was down just 35 percent to round out last weekend’s top five with $8.38 million. In the process, the 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone this weekend. Maleficent has grossed $202.01 million in 31 days and is very likely to continue holding up well going forward.
Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also surpassed the $200 million domestic mark last weekend. The 3D superhero sequel took in $322,430 for the frame and has grossed $200.19 million through 59 days of release.
In its second weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Jersey Boys placed in sixth with $7.71 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical was down a solid 42 percent last weekend. Jersey Boys has grossed $27.44 million in 10 days. That is in line with the film’s modest expectations.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|1||N/A||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$100.03M||$100.03M||1||2||2||22 Jump Street||$15.84M||$140.28M||3|
|3||3||How to Train Your Dragon 2||$13.24M||$121.95M||3|
|4||1||Think Like a Man Too||$10.32M||$48.08M||2|
|7||6||Edge of Tomorrow||$5.40M||$84.35M||4|
|8||7||The Fault in Our Stars||$5.13M||$109.88M||4|
|9||8||X-Men: Days of Future Past||$3.32M||$223.41M||6|