Sunday Update: Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted with an estimated $100.0 million this weekend. The fourth installment of the popular sci-fi action franchise performed in line with its massive pre-release expectations and delivered the largest opening weekend performance of 2014 to date (just topping the $95.02 million start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Transformers: Age of Extinction delivered the fourth largest June opening weekend of all-time (behind only last year's Man of Steel, 2010's Toy Story 3 and 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). The opening weekend performance of Transformers: Age of Extinction was in the same neighborhood as the $97.85 million opening weekend of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, though the opening weekend of Dark of the Moon was obviously deflated from that film opening on a Wednesday.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opened with $41.6 million on Friday (which included an estimated $8.75 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell 23 percent on Saturday to gross $32.15 million and is estimated to decline 18 percent on Sunday to take in $26.25 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.40 to 1. While that ratio indicates significant initial front-loading, Transformers: Age of Extinction will hope to be helped out next weekend by what appears to be a relatively soft slate of releases by Independence Day weekend standards. The film's A- rating on CinemaScore is also an early encouraging sign going forward, though it should also be noted that early audience reaction to the film on Flixster has been far less impressive.
IMAX grosses were responsible for $10.7 million (10.7 percent) of this weekend's overall gross for Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Sony's 22 Jump Street placed in a distant second with an estimated $15.4 million. The successful action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum fell 44 percent from last weekend, which represented a solid hold, especially given the new direct competition the film faced from Transformers: Age of Extinction. 22 Jump Street has grossed an impressive $139.84 million in 17 days, which means it has already surpassed the $138.45 million final domestic gross of 2012's 21 Jump Street. 22 Jump Street is currently running 51 percent ahead of the $92.88 million 17-day take of 21 Jump Street.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in third with an estimated $13.1 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 47 percent from last weekend. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has yet to really stabilize for a family film and continues to perform below its massive expectations with a 17-day gross of $121.81 million. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now running a disappointing 9 percent behind the $133.40 million 17-day gross of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.
On the heels of last weekend's first place debut, Sony's Think Like a Man Too fell three spots and a sharp 64 percent to land in fourth with an estimated $10.4 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was off to a very solid start last weekend (especially with its modest price tag in mind), but has displayed poor holding power since then. With a ten-day gross of $48.17 million, Think Like a Man Too is now running 20 percent behind the $60.47 million ten-day take of 2012's Think Like a Man.
Holding up far better this weekend was Disney's Maleficent, which was down just 36 percent to round out this weekend's top five with an estimated $8.24 million. In the process the 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone this weekend. Maleficent has grossed $201.87 million in 31 days and is very likely to continue holding up well going forward.
Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. The 3D superhero sequel took in an estimated $320,000 for the frame and has grossed $200.18 million through 59 days of release.
In its second weekend, Warner's Jersey Boys placed in sixth with an estimated $7.61 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical was down a solid 43 percent. Jersey Boys has grossed $27.34 million in ten days. That is in line with the film's modest expectations and places the film a slim 4 percent behind the $28.42 million ten-day take of 2012's Rock of Ages.
Saturday Update: Transformers: Age of Extinction brought in an official estimate of $41.6 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $8.8 million start. BoxOffice projects that Paramount's global tentpole could net a $102 million domestic opening weekend from there.
Unfortunately, early word of mouth won't be doing the sequel many favors. Extinction's Flixster audience score is hovering at 66 percent as of Saturday morning--one of the lowest post-opening day results of the year for a high profile release and 10 percent behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2. On the plus side, though, this is a flick made almost primarily for international audiences, which means Paramount will be very happy with the global results.
Check back tomorrow for official weekend estimates from the studios.
Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Transformers: Age of Extinction is trending for an opening day close to $38 million based on matinee business. If that holds, the sequel could be on track for a $93-95 million opening weekend.
More as it comes.
Friday Update: Sources report that Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction posted $8.8 million in its Thursday night bow at 9pm. That represents the third best Thursday launch of 2014 so far behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $10.2 million and Godzilla's $9.3 million, while edging out The Amazing Spider-Man 2's $8.7 million and X-Men: Days of Future Past's $8.1 million.
Will the four-quel reach $100 million for the weekend? Anything's possible at this point, but the franchise's history of drawing in a larger share of general audiences than the aforementioned comparisons will need to kick in starting Friday for that to happen. For now, an opening in the expected $90 million+ range looks likely. Stay tuned.
By Daniel Garris
How to Train Your Dragon 2 took in $3.13 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a second straight day. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 11 percent from Wednesday and 33 percent from last Thursday. With Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction entering the marketplace on Thursday night, holdovers experienced significant daily declines in general on Thursday. How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in a close second for the week with $38.84 million. That was down a respectable 44 percent from the film's opening week performance. The film continues to perform below its massive expectations with a two-week take of $108.71 million, which places it essentially on par with the $108.54 million two-week gross of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.
Sony's 22 Jump Street placed in a close second with $2.93 million. The action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was down 16 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. 22 Jump Street led the weekly box office with $41.99 million for the frame. That was down 49 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very impressive $124.44 million. 22 Jump Street is currently running 59 percent ahead of the $78.05 million 14-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street.
Maleficent took in $1.75 million to remain in third place. Disney's 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was down 10 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 28 percent from last Thursday. Maleficent placed in fourth this week with $20.66 million, which represented a decline of just 27 percent from the previous frame. With a four-week total of $193.63 million, Maleficent is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone by the end of the weekend.
Sony's Think Like a Man Too held steady in fourth with $1.63 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was down 13 percent from Wednesday, as the film continues to display significant initial front-loading. Think Like a Man Too placed in a close third for the week with a seven-day start of $37.77 million. That was just under pre-release expectations and places the film 12 percent behind the $42.87 million seven-day take of 2012's Think Like a Man.
Warner's Jersey Boys rounded out Thursday's unchanged top five with $1.40 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical fell 13 percent from Wednesday. Jersey Boys took fifth place this week with a seven-day start of $19.73 million. The film is performing in line with its modest expectations and is currently running 5 percent behind the $20.76 million seven-day gross of 2012's Rock of Ages.
By Alex Edghill
Thursday Morning Update: Transformers: Age Of Extinction rose 54% to 57,946 tweets on Wednesday, up from Tuesday's 37,577 tweets. By comparison, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon had 17,200 tweets two days before its release, Amazing Spider-Man 2 had 28,734, X-Men: Days Of Future Past had 49,523, while Godzilla was at 48,112. It has racked up a mammoth 124,068 tweets over the last three days which puts it behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier's 168,286 tweets amongst its genre on the year (Endless Love, Divergent, Maleficent and Fault In Our Stars all had more tweets but appeal largely to the teen/twenty-something female demo which is a firestarter group on Twitter).
Cap 2 opened in many more important territories before its North American release which super-charged its tweets and discount its effectiveness here as a marker. We are predicting $99 million for the film this weekend which will easily give it the crown for the frame and the biggest opening on the year to date, beating out the aforementioned Cap 2's $95 million. With $710 million, 836 million and $1,124 million for the last three Transformers films respectively Michael Bay and company are no doubt hoping this has the steam to continue the trends and top $1 billion yet again.
Top 15 Movies for Wednesday June 25th
|1 (-)||22 Jump Street||240,010||81,294||357,624||-66.13%|
|2 (-)||The Fault in Our Stars||60,185||67,133||190,613||11.54%|
|3 (-)||Transformers: Age of Extinction||37,577||57,946||124,068||54.21%|
|4 (+3)||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1||19,261||38,020||76,813||97.39%|
|6 (-)||Think Like a Man Too||22,100||13,295||76,765||-39.84%|
|7 (+1)||How to Train Your Dragon 2||8,654||6,787||26,911||-21.57%|
|8 (-3)||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)||22,240||6,563||50,819||-70.49%|
|9 (+1)||Edge of Tomorrow||4,364||6,026||15,675||38.08%|
|10 (-1)||If I Stay||6,814||4,507||17,505||-33.86%|
|11 (+1)||X-Men: Days of Future Past||4,088||4,467||13,778||9.27%|
|12 (+2)||Guardians of the Galaxy||3,828||3,623||16,800||-5.36%|
|13 (+7)||Star Wars: Episode VII||1,581||3,331||5,965||110.69%|
|14 (+10)||Dawn of The Planet of The Apes||1,136||2,458||5,297||116.37%|
|15 (+1)||Godzilla (2014)||2,326||2,436||7,063||4.73%|
For the first time since Father's Day (and second overall), Fox/DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon 2 claimed first place as it posted $3.52 million yesterday for a strong 26 percent week-to-week decline. The animated sequel's tally is now $105.6 million, on par with the first film's $104.7 million haul through the same point.
Sony reports that 22 Jump Street grabbed $3.49 million on Wednesday, off just 39.5 percent from the same day last week. The comedy sequel's domestic tally now stands at $121.5 million--60 percent ahead of the pace of its predecessor and 9 percent behind Ted.
Maleficent eased 19 percent from last Wednesday to $1.94 million yesterday. The film's total now stands at $191.9 million as it catches up to the pace of Oz the Great and Powerful, trailing it by just 5.5 percent.
Think Like a Man Too took in $1.86 million on Wednesday, giving it a healthy 6-day cume of $36.1 million. That's 12 percent off the pace of the original Think Like a Man.
Rounding out the top five, Jersey Boys grossed $1.6 million on Wednesday to give it an $18.3 million 6-day start. It's currently running 5 percent behind Rock of Ages at the same point.
By Daniel Garris
Sony's 22 Jump Street led the way on Tuesday with $4.47 million. The action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was up 23 percent over Monday and down 39 percent from last Tuesday, as summer midweek grosses continue to gain momentum in general. 22 Jump Street topped How to Train Your Dragon 2 by $129,421 for the day. With an impressive twelve-day gross of $118.02 million, 22 Jump Street is running 59 percent ahead of the $74.34 million twelve-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street and 11 percent behind the $132.19 million twelve-day gross of last year's World War Z.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in a very close second with $4.34 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up a very healthy 39 percent over Monday and down 27 percent from last Tuesday. How to Train Your Dragon 2 surpassed the $100 million domestic mark yesterday and has grossed $102.06 million in twelve days. The film is currently running nearly on par with the $101.25 million twelve-day take of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.
Sony's Think Like a Man Too held steady in third place with $2.56 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was up only 3 percent over Monday, which easily represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases for the second straight day. Think Like a Man Too has grossed a solid $34.28 million in five days, but continues to show signs of significant front-loading thus far. The film is currently running 12 percent behind the $39.02 million five-day start of 2012's Think Like a Man.
Maleficent took in $2.32 million to continue to claim fourth. Disney's 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was up 32 percent over Monday and down an impressive 19 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, Maleficent has grossed $189.94 million in 26 days and is now just $10.06 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.
Warner's Jersey Boys rounded out Tuesday's unchanged top five with $1.93 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical was up an encouraging 31 percent over Monday's performance. Jersey Boys has grossed $16.73 million in five days, which is in line with the film's modest pre-release expectations. The film is currently running 6 percent behind the $17.82 million five-day start of 2012's Rock of Ages.