Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen is smashing records. Just not all of them.
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Coming off its first five days in release, with an estimated gross of $201.2 million***, Michael Bay's hit sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" took its place in the movie history books by breaking several major box office records.
From Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, the Paramount Pictures release joins "The Dark Knight" as only the second film in history to gross $200 million or more in its first five days. Simultaneously, the Transformers sequel eclipsed the previous Wednesday-Sunday record holder "Spider-Man 2" by grossing nearly $50 million more in ticket sales in the U.S. The film has taken over "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix's" previous title as biggest Wednesday opener, besting the film by over $15 million.
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" became the third largest worldwide opening weekend grosser, earning $274 million and beating out last summer's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Film has become the Studio's biggest international opener of all time, again besting "Indy 4" for the top honor, and ranking as the industry's 4th biggest opening of all time abroad.
The film's IMAX run also logged record-breaking milestones, becoming the biggest five-day gross for a Wednesday-opening title, with $14.4 million in tickets sales compared to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix's" prior record of $7.3 million.
"Michael Bay has once again proven he's an outstanding filmmaker with a unique ability to connect with audiences," said Paramount Pictures Corporation Chairman and CEO Brad Grey. "The entire Paramount family is proud to be behind him and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with him in the future."?
The 2007 release of "Transformers" opened to $70.5 million in the U.S. and eventually went on to earn $319.2 million domestically, and more than $700 million worldwide. The sequel has taken in $387 million worldwide to date, with final figures for the weekend due Monday.
Directed and executive produced by Michael Bay, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro. The film's screenplay is written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Based on Hasbro's Transformers(tm) Action Figures, the film is produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.
*** From boxofficemojo.com -- Revenge of the Fallen's weekend gross fell $3 million short of Paramount's Sunday estimate, which would have put the five-day opening at $198.2 million. Though shy of $200 million, it would have still ranked second among the all time five-day starts. However, Paramount revised its grosses from Wednesday and Thursday upward, and that's what pushed the total past $200 million. Wednesday went from $60.6 million to $62.0 million, and Thursday went from $28.6 million to $29.1 million. Paramount reported that the differences came from unreported showings from the movie's midnight openings on Wednesday night, which went from the previously reported $16 million at around 3,000 theaters to $16.8 million at close to 3,300 theaters, as well as late reports from institutional IMAX locations and theaters in Puerto Rico and some Caribbean islands (which the studio counts in its domestic numbers), which accounted for $1.1 million of the difference.