Michael Bay must have zombie-raising powers, because 3D is back from the dead with Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which pulled in about 60% 3D ticket sales in its opening weekend.
There’s an artistry in his filmmaking that far too few people seem to appreciate, and it’s become a cliche to make jokes about Bay’s films being just a series of explosions. But that demonstrates a gross misunderstanding for what Michael Bay can do as a filmmaker, and ignores some great films on his resume, including those noted above.
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Weekend Report: ‘Transformers’ Claims Independence Gross Record
This weekend, Transformers: Dark of the Moon dominated the box office with an estimated $97.4 million on approximately 9,300 screens at 4,013 locations. In the process, the robo-threequel rocked the Independence Day weekend gross record, eclipsing Spider-Man 2’s $88.2 million, and socked Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides for the top-grossing weekend crown of 2011 so far. The Friday-to-Sunday opening salvos of Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were $70.5 million and $109 million, respectively.
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Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon has transformed into the third best worldwide debut of all time, smashing records and grossing a whopping $372 million through Sunday.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince scored the best worldwide debut of all time in grossing $394 million, followed by Spider-Man 3 at $382 million.
With the actual July 4th holiday still to go, 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.