The year 2009 finally has its first $300 million dollar domestic grosser in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the movie that continues to defy critical rebuking and hit big with audiences.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Michael Bay directed robot epic — which clocks in at over two and a half hours — is now officially past $300 million domestically, with international totals climbing beyond the $300 million on the same day, bringing its worldwide take to over $600 million.
As John reported in The Reject Report earlier this week, Transformers 2 edged out Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs over the weekend and has continued to have strong daily totals, bringing in an additional $6.4 million on Monday.
Of course, this weekend will see a major challenge to the reign of Transformers, as Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno storms into theaters with some R-rated comedy that is sure to lock down that number one spot.
That said, the only real competition left — in the opinion of this journalist — for the summer’s box office crown, is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which hits theaters next Wednesday. According to ticket service Fandango, Half-Blood Prince is already accounting for 65% of the site’s online ticket sales. And advance ticket sales for the new Potter flick are already outpacing those of Transformers 2 at the same point in the sales cycle. Early word is that Half-Blood Prince could be the best of the entire series, and perhaps one of the better films of the summer thus far — so we’ll see if that translates into big time ticket sales. I have a feeling that it will.
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