"Transformers" blasts "Larry Crowne" at box office

Michael Bay's over-the-top action movie hammers the competition to take in a record-breaking $116.4 million


Emma Mustich
July 5, 2011 4:50PM (UTC)

Michael Bay's "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon" -- which Salon's Andrew O'Hehir called "a great and terrible film, in identical proportions and in all possible meanings of those words" -- had a record-breaking weekend at the box office, taking in an estimated $116.4 million to achieve the most successful 4th of July opening in history. (The previous record-holder, "Spider-Man 2," took $115.8 million in 2004.) Bay's film also scored the biggest opening weekend of the year -- and Deadline.com points out that it's "doing even better overseas":

Internationally the movie is open in 110 countries (but not yet Japan or China) and is up +55% over the franchise's 2nd installment. Foreign should close in on $235M through Monday for Paramount Pictures International's biggest opening weekend ever.

"Cars 2" and "Bad Teacher" stuck to the second and third box office slots, while "Larry Crowne" -- the Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts double bill that Salon called "the perfect grown-up-aimed counterprogramming" to "Transformers" -- took less than $16 million, prompting the Los Angeles Times to wonder whether America and Tom Hanks are "out of step."

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"Super 8" and "Monte Carlo" came in fifth and sixth places, with ticket sales of $9.5 and $8.7 million respectively.

Deadline.com reports that this was, overall, "the 2nd biggest Fourth of July long weekend ever."


Emma Mustich

Emma Mustich is a Salon contributor. Follow her on Twitter: @emustich.

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