Weekend Box Office – TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Breaks Fourth of July Holiday Record with $97.4 Million
In the US, the Fourth of July weekend is traditionally a giant money-maker for Hollywood movies. So, surprise! This year was a giant money maker for Hollywood movies. Make that “movie.” Three movies debuted, but only one – Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon - made an impact. A big, record-breaking impact. Title Weekend Total 1 Transformers 3 $97,400,000 $162.1 2 Cars 2 $25,110,000 $116 3 Bad Teacher $14,100,000 $59.5 4 Larry Crowne $13,000,000 $13 5 Monte Carlo $7,600,000 $7.6 6 Super 8 $7,500,000 $108 7 Green Lantern $6,270,000 $101.9 8 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $5,100,000 $50.1 9 Bridesmaids $3,520,000 $152.8 10 Midnight in Paris $3,438,000 $33.6 Despite trailing its predecessor in grosses and attendance over its first five days here in the US, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is already a huge international hit projected to take in more than $370 million by Monday. Here at home, the film broke the record for the three day Fourth of July frame and is expected, by Monday, to hold the four day record as well. On Tuesday, TF3 opened at 9 pm for 3D and IMAX previews in 2,700 locations and took in $5.5 million. When its opening day started three hours later, the sequel earned another $8 million, or the second highest midnight total of 2011 behind The Hangover Part II’s $10.4 million. For all of Wednesday, TF3 posted $37.3 million. That equals the sixth-highest Wednesday opening ever and the best overall opening day of 2011: besting Pirates of the Caribbean 4’s $34.8 million Friday launch. But, let’s face it, those records are not particularly impressive. Here are the Transformers 3 records that count. Since 2004, Spider-Man 2 has held the record for the biggest Fourth of July weekend (Friday-Sunday) with $88.2 million. Spidey also dominated ...