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TRANSFORMERS 2 Rolls to $201 Mil

Transformers Sequel Has Best Weekend of 2009.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 27, 2009


Megan Fox stars in Michael Bay's sequel, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN(2009).
© Paramount, DreamWorks

 

Bypassing even those optimistic projections for its first weekend, it looks like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did  indeed hit the $200 million mark through its first Sunday of release. Since opening on Wednesday with midnight shows across the nation, the weekend estimates has the Michael Bay-directed sequel hauling in an amazing $201.2 million in cash.
The film surpassed the 6 1/2-day tally of the original Transformers, which opened on a Monday evening ($8.8 mil) and launched during the 2007 Fourth of July holiday to take in $155.4 million through its first Sunday.
For its weekend numbers only, the sequel grabbed $112 million, which is the best weekend performance of 2009 and the highest ever for a June release. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks launched the highly anticipated release on 4,234 theaters in the states so that comes up to a very respectable average rate of $26,453 per showing.
This performance has the film capturing the following records.
Best Opener of 2009:
Previous holder was X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.0 mil)
Best June Opener of All-Time:
 Previous holder was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($93.6 mil).
Best 5-Day Opening from a Wednesday Launch:
Previous holder was Spider-Man 2 ($152.4 mil)
Best Wednesday Opener of All-Time:
Previous holder was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($44.2 mil)
We’re going to need to wait until the confirmed numbers tomorrow before determining a few more records that are currently up in the air.
With the sequel’s estimate currently being $201.2 million, this has it falling short of the overall 5-day grossing champion, The Dark Knight. The Nolan film didn’t open on a Wednesday but pulled in $203.8 million from a Friday to Tuesday span. This record goes hand-in-hand with the Fastest to $200 Million record.
If Bay’s latest action-adventure can find $2-3 more million before tomorrow's actual numbers come in, the film will overtake the Batman sequel for both records.
The film also dominated the foreign markets with an explosive $162 million from 9,910 screens. This comes to an average rate of $16,347 per showing in 58 markets for an overseas total of $181.6 million. That puts the global gross at $363.2 million and has it 2nd overall out of the summer tent poles.
Following in 2nd place for the weekend is Walt Disney’s romantic comedy, The Proposal. The Ryan Reynolds-Sandra Bullock effort managed another $18.4 million on 3,058 theaters across the nation. Disney has a success on their hands here with the film taking in $69.0 million overall in its first 10 days of release, set against a budget of only $40 million.
Warner Bros. Pictures is continuing to enjoy the amazing profitability of their buddy comedy, The Hangover, which lands in 3rd place by taking in $17.2 million. After four weekends of release the studio has a domestic cume of $183.2 million. Incredible numbers for a film costing only $35 million to produce.
Pixar’s Up takes home the 4th place slot by hauling in another $13.0 million on its 3,487 theaters across the nation. With the latest numbers in the bag, their latest animated adventure has grossed $250.2 million after five weeks of release.
The only other new wide release of this weekend was the Warner Bros. Pictures drama My Sister’s Keeper. The studio launched the Cameron Diaz vehicle in 2,606 theaters and found the 5th place spot with an estimated $12.0 million in receipts.
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
$112.0 mil
4,234
$26,453
$201.2 mil
$200
2
The Proposal
$18.4 mil
3,058
$6,039
$69.0 mil
$40
3
The Hangover
$17.2 mil
3,525
$4,884
$183.2 mil
$35
4
Up
$13.0 mil
3,487
$3,741
$250.2 mil
$175
5
My Sister’s Keeper
$12.0 mil
2,606
$4,616
$12.0 mil
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6
Year One
$5.8 mil
3,024
$1,918
$32.2 mil
$60
7
The Taking of Pelham 123
$5.4 mil
2,995
$1,803
$53.4 mil
$100
8
Star Trek
$3.6 mil
1,823
$1,978
$246.2 mil
$150
9
Night at the Museum 2
$3.5 mil
2,250
$1,556
$163.2 mil
$150
10
Away We Go
$1.6 mil
495
$3,390
$4.0 mil
$17

 
Here’s the latest summer numbers and how they’re competing worldwide. After some early foreign debuts and its first five days of wide release, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has jumped into 2nd place overall.
Angels & Demons Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $48.0 mil

Domestic: $130.2 mil
Foreign: $337.5 mil
Worldwide: $467.7 mil
 
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $112.0 mil

Domestic: $201.2 mil
Foreign: $181.6 mil
Worldwide: $387.3 mil
 
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $72.5 mil

Domestic: $246.2 mil
Foreign: $123.0 mil
Worldwide: $369.2 mil
 
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Numbers
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $53.5 mil

Domestic: $163.2 mil
Foreign: $202.3 mil
Worldwide: $365.5 mil
 
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil

Domestic: $177.8 mil
Foreign: $183.2 mil
Worldwide: $361.0 mil

 
Terminator Salvation Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $43.0 mil

Domestic: $121.9 mil
Foreign: $220.0 mil
Worldwide: $341.9 mil
 
Up Numbers:
Budget: $175 mil
Opening: $68.2 mil

Domestic: $250.2 mil
Foreign: $21.0 mil
Worldwide: $271.2 mil
 
The Hangover Numbers:
Budget: $35 mil
Opening: $44.9 mil

Domestic: $183.2 mil
Foreign: $46.2 mil
Worldwide: $229.4 mil
  
Land of the Lost Numbers:
Budget: $100 mil
Opening: $19.5 mil

Domestic: $46.7 mil
Foreign: $3.2 mil
Worldwide: $49.9 mil
 
The Taking of Pelham 123 Numbers:
Budget: $100 mil
Opening: $23.3 mil

Domestic: $53.4 mil
Foreign: $4.8 mil
Worldwide: $58.2 mil
 

 
Wednesday July 1, 2009 Releases:
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (4,000+)
Public Enemies (3,200+)

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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originaldave77 6/27/2009 12:40:22 PM

I predicted 175m for a 4-day weekend. Yeah...that's it.

This film, while it has its detractors and an army of critics, has much more replay value than the first, which was bogged down in useless human characters. 

I enjoyed it. It delivered on the promise of big effing robots blowing shit up.

 

myklspader 6/27/2009 12:55:16 PM

Just boggles my mind how crap gets made like this and nobody is held accountable for it and will most likely still have work afterwards (like Bay). Also gets me how it is utter sh*t as a movie on any level and yet there is replay value in it and people still are going to go to it. I saw it cause I saw the first one and a friend of mine that works at a cool Motion Design firm was going (always the networker I admit)… wasn't expecting much to begin with… hated it cause even though I like “mindless summer movies” I am still a stickler for a damn plot that makes sense in some way/shape/form… and subsequently I have been doing my part by telling all my friends to not go and wait for it on DVD or whatever other avenue they prefer to view it. 

 

hanso 6/27/2009 1:31:07 PM

Transformers 2 goes for $200 million.  The world's IQ drops to 20.

ultrazilla2000 6/27/2009 1:53:12 PM

Myklspader, there will be plenty of people held accountable...with raises, bonuses, and all kinds of perks for making such a successful film!  "mindless summer movies" rarely have intricate plots, so to expect this one to be different is silly (though I thought it had much more plot than the first!).  Besides, the plot really wasn't that confusing to follow.  Just how deeply were you looking into it???  Decepticons are looking for ancient artifact/device to drain energy from the sun, the Autobots are trying to stop them.  Whoa!  That was HARD to follow!

decepticons2 6/27/2009 2:22:35 PM

I am not sure if the action sequences are brilliant or crap. There is just to much going on for the human eye to follow. I would like to watch the scenes again at half speed. I might apreciate it more.

Wiseguy 6/27/2009 2:27:55 PM

Well I'm tuning in to the foodnetwork for ideas on how to cook all the crow I'll have to eat. Records are meant to be broken, too bad it's by this though.

TheMovieGuy28 6/27/2009 3:04:27 PM

Hanso, people eat @ McDonald's. The world's weight goes up 10 pounds each.

 

I"m getting tired of people bashing this movie. Yeah, you get defenders saying "what did you expect? Shakespaere"?

People want to shit on Michael Bay b/c his movies suck. I guess that's why he seems to only make 200 million dollar blockbusters. I don't expect him to give me the greatest story or the greatest action, or even the greatest direction.

 

Year one was a piece of shit movie. Transformers 2 simply wasn't a great movie in terms of "moviemaking" but for sheer spectacle, it was the largest film I have ever seen (save for Monsters. VS. Alens, they made that scope massive).

 

I went into this film wanting more Transformers (check), bigger action (check), and a decent story (ok the matrix of philosophy could have been something else, but hey it worked). Shia was hilarious, his roommate was a hoot, his parents were great (Kevin Dunn is such a long time character actor you can find him waaaaay back in the original Hot Shots)

And decepticon, the action sequences were brilliant, yes there was so much going on, but I followed every fight well enough on a 1/4 of shrooms so everyone else in here should have had no problem with this movie.

Wiseguy, why is it too bad it's by this? TDK simply has the fastest 5-day record going for it. Titanic still is the one to beat, which is not saying Fallen will, but why can't we just say

 

"Transformers 2. Decent plot, decent acting, MORE F*CKING TRANSFORMERS!" everyone bitched about how the first one had too much dialogue and took too long to get to the action scenes. Now this has the reverse and people are just complaining because they can.

 

I for one am happy as hell this movie is making money. It was my favorite cartoon as a kid, and I'm happy with the end product. It was good enough for me.

 

Btw, who was it in here that said it would pull in 200 million in 5 days? Oh yeah, that's right. Me.

 

And if it gets to 500, ya'll just need to shut up and accept the fact America likes it's movies like it's cheesburgers-double sized with bacon and grease and fat and all the shit that's bad for you, because sometimes it's fun to be a glutton.

 

Peace out

goirish83 6/27/2009 3:08:08 PM

I get a kick out of people bitching about how a movie that is based on a toy line, about robots that turn into cars, doesn't have a plot, or depth.  Wow, it's a freaking summer blockbuster people, not Citizen Kane.  People knew exactly what they were going to see when they walked into the theatre.  If you were expecting anything else, then you are a fool.  Myklspader, exactly how deep did you think a movie with explosions and robots, made by Michael Bay no less, was going to be exaxctly ?

 

TheMovieGuy28 6/27/2009 3:09:39 PM

 

PS-anyone telling people to wait for this to go to dvd is an idiot. You don't say "Hey, you know that really massive, massive f*cking movie that's out on gigantic theater screens that would show those big robots on a full scale size? Yeah don't see it on a giant imax screen, wait until you get it home on your tv"

Which begs the question-an Imax ticket is 15 bucks, a regular ticket is 10-12. Why would you tell someone to wait and spend the 35 dollars on a blu-ray disc if the movie was such a waste?

I don't know about you guys, but I would rather spend 15 bucks to see it once on a giant screen than to spend 35 on a tv version because some friend said it was smarter this way....

And for all of you saying "don't spend the money" It's 15 bucks people! that's 3 blockbuster rentals, or a single large pizza, or two full meals @ Jack in the box, or a 12 pack of beer, or almost a 20-sac

Go see TRANSFORMERS ON THE BIG SCREEN(PREF. THE IMAX). It's worth the 15 dollars!!!!

Brodee 6/27/2009 3:10:35 PM

I couldn't agree with you more, Hanso. The fact that the world is rewarding the film makers with so much of their money for making such a heaping pile of shit is just astounding.

We, the movie-going public, need to hold Hollywood to a higher standard of film making. Because we've coughed up so much $ for this flick, we can now expect more of the same from Hollywood in the future.

And to those of you who loved this so-called movie... How will you feel if Iron Man 2 or Batman 3 end up following the same formula as TF2?

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