Holiday Box Office Review: ‘Transformers’ Break Box Office Records

Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” became the box office leader of the weekend with more than $400 million.

“Dark of the Moon,” directed by Michael Bay, cost about $200 million to make and centers on robot aliens clashing over a hidden spacecraft. (The 3-D effects alone contributed about $30 million to the budget.) It was easily No. 1 at the North American box office for the weekend. Photo: Paramount Pictures

Robots became a huge box office hit this weekend, as “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” scored the biggest holiday blockbuster take on its opening weekend.

Michael Bay’s “Dark of the Moon” should finish Monday with a total opening gross of $405.8 million. Domestically, “Dark of the Moon’s” gross through Sunday was $162 million. It’s expected to earn another $18.8 million Monday for a total domestic launch of $180.8 million. “Dark of the Moon” already grossed $210 million overseas.

Pixar’s animated movie “Cars 2” finished in second place over the weekend with $24 million, which brought the film’s overall earnings to $109 million to date. The third place belongs to romantic comedy “Larry Crowne” whichstars Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks.

It is actually tying third overall in ticket sales with “Bad Teacher” with Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz. Both movies brought in $14 million each. “Monte Carlo,” an inexpensive comedic romance about trip to Paris from 20th Century Fox starring Selena Gomez, made $8.5 million on its debut weekend. It is in fifth.

J.J. Abrams’ action spectacular “Super 8” landed in sixth. The movie brought in $7.5 million in projected sales. Super hero flick “Green Lantern” dimmed to seventh place and $6 million in receipts.

The last three places of the top ten are occupied by Jim Carrey-starring “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” with $5 million, raucous comedy “Bridesmaids with $3.25 million in ninth place and Woody Allen’s romantic fantasy “Midnight in Paris” closing the top ten with estimated $3 million take.

This large weekend includes US Independence Day holiday on July 4 and Canada Day holiday on July 1. The coming weeks will be crucial for Hollywood’s hopes of ending its domestic box office decrease.

Aside from continued sales for “Dark of the Moon,” the industry is counting on a potential multiplex monster: Warner Brothers will release “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” in 3-D on July 15. [via The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Yahoo!]

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