‘Transformers’ Sequel Scores First $100M Debut of 2014
In a summer of films just missing the century mark, Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted this weekend with an estimated $100.0 million. Age of Extinction marked the second-best opening for the franchise behind 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen.
Dueling holdovers, 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 retained their positions from last weekend. In second place, 22 Jump Street added another $15.4 million in its third weekend. The comedy sequel brings it three-week cume to $140 million. DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 continued another week in third for another 13.1 million
Last week’s leader, Think Like a Man Too dropped to fourth place. The sequel fell 64% from last weekend for a $10.4 million haul. Rounding out the top charts, Disney’s Maleficent cracked the $200 million mark on Sunday. The Angelina Jolie film grossed $8.2 million in its fifth frame.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.
#1 – Transformers: Age of Extinction (NR)
$100.0 million / $100.0 million total
So many films have just missed the century mark this year. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past all came close. In the end, the Autobots managed to pull through. Age of Extinction is a unique opening for the franchise. It’s the first film to open on a Friday. The previous two films opened around this point plus large Wednesday and Thursday numbers. The film’s ceiling will be much clearer once the holiday weekend has passed.
#2 – 22 Jump Street (2)
$15.4 million / $139.8 million total
22 Jump Street has now outperformed 21 Jump Street after three weeks in theaters. With nearly $140 million in the bank, the Jump Street sequel is close to becoming the top comedy of 2014. It does have Tammy starring Melissa McCarthy to contend with on Wednesday. Still, Jenko and Schmidt should jump over Neighbors by the end of the upcoming holiday weekend.
#3 – How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3)
$13.1 million / $121.8 million total
Week after week, How to Train Your Dragon 2 continues to take a beating at the box office. The film continues to trail 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2. Like Panda 2, Dragon 2 is a baffling performance from DreamWorks Animation. With zero competition until mid-July, Dragon 2 shouldn’t be dropping nearly 50% every weekend. The animated sequel will end up with just over $150 million.
#4 – Think Like a Man Too (1)
$10.4 million / $48.2 million total
Last week’s champ, Think Like a Man Too burned off 64% of it previous weekend. Trailing 2012’s Think Like a Man by 20%, the sequel isn’t expected to have much more theater life. Tammy could send this comedy packing off the charts sooner than expected. A finish around $65 million is likely.
#5 –Maleficent (5)
$8.2 million / $201.9 million total
Angelina Jolie has plenty to be happy about this weekend. Maleficent is not only first biggest domestic ever in her career, but her first $200 million film as well. Maleficent took the lightest hit in the Top 5 with the release of Transformers. Down 36% from last weekend, Maleficent continues to perform quite well unlike many other films this summer. A finish near $220 million is still in the cards.
Opening Next Week: Deliver Us From Evil (Wednesday), Tammy (Wednesday), Earth to Echo (Wednesday), America (Wednesday)
Source: Box Office Mojo