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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Hits $1 Billion

Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits $1 billion worldwide.

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 03, 2011
Source: Paramount Pictures


Optimus Prime Banner for Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON(2011).
© Paramount, DreamWorks

As expected and reported within this weekend's box office report, Paramount Pictures' sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon has struck the $1 billion mark in worldwide receipts this week. It would be the third release for this summer to join the coveted billion club behind Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1.033 bil) and Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2 ($1.012 bil). Paramount's achievement has helped the company cross the $2 billion mark in international receipts for this year as well. Check out their press statement below.

Worldwide box office receipts for TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, have hit $1 billion, Paramount Pictures announced today. To date, the third installment of the hit Transformers franchise, and the first shot in 3-D, has grossed $338 million in U.S. (through Monday) and $663 million internationally (through Tuesday).

"TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is the first billion dollar grossing movie in the history of Paramount Pictures, marking a substantial milestone in the 99 year life of this legendary studio," said Brad Grey, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures. "We are grateful for the extraordinary work of Michael Bay and his film-making team, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and everyone at Paramount around the globe who played a part in helping make this latest TRANSFORMERS one of the 10 highest grossing films worldwide of all time."

Earlier this summer, Paramount was the first studio to reach $1 billion in domestic grosses, aided by the $180.7 million opening of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON over the July 4th holiday. This is the fifth year in a row that Paramount has reached the milestone before any other studio. Paramount Pictures International crossed the $2 billion mark on July 30th, making it the first for any studio this year to reach the benchmark. The studio has had six consecutive movies earning over $100 million at the domestic box office in 2011.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.


 

 

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Wyldstaar 8/3/2011 7:38:11 AM

Striking another blow against quality films.  Why should Hollywood bother making films that are good and actually make sense when drivel like this makes a BILLION dollars?  Just crank out the crap and watch the money come in!

Bryzarro 8/3/2011 7:42:50 AM

 Crap to you......Fun to others.  What was so crap about it?  Robots fight, transform, save the day.  It's based on Earth so humans are involved.  This aint the 80's anymore.  Stories need to evovle.

My kid and I had a blast at this one.  Not so much the second.  And had just as much fun with the first.

xJokersxWildx 8/3/2011 7:42:53 AM

THE Numbers don't lie. Plus the movie was very entertaining. Crap? LOL give me a break. It's a popcorn action flick about robots beating each other down. What more do you want?  1 BILLION DOLLARS. muahahahaha muahahahahha

gauleyboy420 8/3/2011 8:08:59 AM

I loved the first two Transformers movies, but this one didn't do it for me. It was just too long... I think it would have been awesome if it were 30 min shorter.

I did like the interaction between the bots, and the "betrayal" plot line.

Just too long.

EagleManiac 8/3/2011 8:45:40 AM

 It just shows that you can make a bunch of money off sh*t!!! They sold this pile of poodoo to the masses and as usual, the dumb-ass masses bit down hard! Such is the way of Hollyweird now. Quality doesn't matter nay more. Only how much money it can take from the sheeple who go to movies!

EagleManiac 8/3/2011 8:48:08 AM

 Also, that take, and the takes we see to day, are from largely over-priced tickets as well. Put the total tickets sold forthese movies at 80's prices, and I doubt any of the "Billion Dollar Club" movies would even make $500 million total!! The last time I saw ticket prices, they were $11 or more for adults, and $6 for kids! THAT is ridiculous!

violator14 8/3/2011 9:43:12 AM

It makes a billion dollars cuz everyone is dying to see robots destroy each other and are curious to see how great it is. Doesnt mean it's a  great film.

xJokersxWildx 8/3/2011 10:02:16 AM

The Masses Loved Avatar too but that was to me a pile of garbage too. So everyone has their opinion on what is good and what isnt.

Mossy1221 8/3/2011 10:27:08 AM

 I'm conflicted.    Awesome, awesome action film, p!$$ poor Transformer film.  It had a miniscule of giant robot action and a crap ton of Sam Witwiky and Pals action!  

Almost every action scene was rich with humans achieving extraordinary measures to defeat larger than life enemies.  Then in the last 10 seconds of the action scene the Autobots roll in (with a fresh waxed coat) shoot an ememy or two and that is it.   

I saw more giant robot action in one episode of the 80's cartoon then I saw in all of Transformers 3.

 

 

hanso 8/3/2011 10:27:56 AM

everyone got opinions, not everyone got taste.

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