Transformers 2 Opens to Record $60 Million


Earlier this morning, our lovely sex columnist Bethany Perryman sent me over the following tidbit, a message from the folks at Funny or Die posted to Twitter:

Transformers 2 is at 21% on Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes is at 0% on Michael Bay’s give-a-shit meter.

Then moments later, I read over at Variety that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which hit theaters yesterday, became the highest grossing Wednesday opening of all-time, bringing in an estimated $55 million dollars. Soon after, The Hollywood Reporter published a report saying that the sequel actually brought in $60.6 million in its first day. Either way, it would appear that Rotten Tomatoes (and critics in general) is at 0% on America’s give-a-shit meter as well.

The sequel is currently running in over 4,200 theaters across the United States, where domestic estimates have it somewhere in the $150-170 million dollar mark for its first five day take, more than eclipsing the high mark that Spider-Man 2 set in the same 5-day period back in 2004, a sultry $152.4 million. As well, Revenge of the Fallen has already taken off in international markets, where it opened early over this past weekend. In the UK alone, the pic brought in $19.6 million and topped the international box office chart.

The first Transformers film earned more than $708 million worldwide, and with a $150 million dollar plus opening weekend in its near future, it would appear that the latest Michael Bay explosion-laced extravaganza will be hot on its heels before too long. My off-the-cuff prediction: somewhere north of $720 million.

How much do you think Transformers 2 will make in its first 5 days? How much will it make (internationally) overall?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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