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Transformers turns into box office behemoth with US$100 million opening

Published on Jun 30, 2014 6:10 AM
 

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Transformers: Age Of Extinction, the fourth in the series of films about form-changing Autobot robots that save the planet, powered up with US$100 million (S$125 million) in box office sales, jump-starting a sleepy summer with the year's biggest opening weekend.

22 Jump Street, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, was second with US$15.4 million in its third week in theatres, according to studio estimates. Animated film How To Train Your Dragon 2 took the No. 3 spot with sales of US$13.1 million for the Friday through Sunday period at US and Canadian theatres.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg in his first outing taking on the evil Dinobots. The series' three previous instalments, starring Shia LeBeouf, generated nearly US$2.7 billion in worldwide sales, according to Box Office Mojo.

"It's just a spectacular result," said Don Harris, president of domestic theatrical distribution for Paramount.

A 20 foot-tall Optimus Prime figure is surrounded by journalists before the world premiere of Hollywood movie Transformers 4 in Hong Kong on June 19, 2014. Transformers: Age Of Extinction, the fourth in the series of films about form-changing Autobot robots that save the planet, powered up with US$100 million (S$125 million) in box office sales, jump-starting a sleepy summer with the year's biggest opening weekend. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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