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“Transformers” Smashes Box Office Records

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It was a good weekend for Optimus Prime and the Autobots.

Despite poor reviews (a 17% rating on rottentomatoes.com), Transformers: Age of Extinction absolutely crushed at the box office last weekend. The Michael Bay blockbuster starring Mark Wahlberg (not Shia LaBeouf, who also had a busy weekend) took in $100 million domestically, the best opening weekend of any film this year.

Transformers: Age of Extinction achieved the fourth largest June opening weekend of all-time (behind only to 2013′s Man of Steel, 2010′s Toy Story 3 and 2009′s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).

But that’s just the beginning. The fourth Transformers installment also raked in another $201.3 million from 37 different territories internationally. The most impressive numbers coming from China, where the film earned about $90 million, making it the best opening for a foreign film ever.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is also a career box office high for Mark Wahlberg. The film tells the tale of what happens five years after the epic battle that left Chicago nearly in ruins.

Coming in at second place this weekend at the box office is the action comedy sequel 22 Jump Street. The movie has already surpassed its domestic total from the original Jump Street in just three weeks. So far, the film has taken in $139.8 million domestically.

Here’s how the top ten finished at the box office over the weekend:

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction: $100 million (opening weekend)
2. 22 Jump Street: $15.4 million ($139.8 million U.S. cumulative; week 3; previous ranking: no. 2)
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2: $13.1 million ($121.8 million U.S. cumulative; week 3; previous ranking: no. 3)
4. Think Like a Man Too: $10.4 million ($48.2 million U.S. cumulative; week 2; previous ranking: no. 1)
5. Maleficent: $8.2 million ($201.9 million U.S. cumulative; week 5; previous ranking: no. 5)
6. Jersey Boys: $7.6 million ($27.3 million U.S. cumulative; week 2; previous ranking: no. 4)
7. Edge of Tomorrow: $5.2 million ($84.15 million U.S. cumulative; week 4; previous ranking: no. 6)
8. The Fault in Our Stars: $4.8 million ($109.5 million U.S. cumulative; week 4; previous ranking: no. 7)
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past: $3.3 million ($223.4 million U.S. cumulative; week 6; previous ranking: no. 8)
10. Chef: $1.65 million ($19.4 million U.S. cumulative; week 8; previous ranking: no. 10)

Image via Transformers, Twitter

“Transformers” Smashes Box Office Records
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