Box office roundup – June 29, 2014 – “Transformers 4” has highest opening of 2014

Paramount Pictures  Grimlock and Optimus Prime in "TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION."
Paramount Pictures
Grimlock and Optimus Prime in “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION.”

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $104 million [debut week] – Regarding haters of his “Transformers” franchise, Director Michael Bay said “Let them hate it. They’re still going to see the movie.” And despite earning the lowest rating so far of any 2014 summer blockbuster with 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, the mass public did in fact come out to see another one of his ridiculous explosion-fest spectacles to the tune of 2014’s highest opening weekend. Overseas, it’s a massive success as well with $80 million so far.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTIONI cringe at this for numerous reasons — not the least of which is Bay’s ego can’t take any more inflating and this will just encourage him to make more. We had a deal people! Sigh. Anyway, this overtakes the up to this point unbeatable $94 million opening of “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” back in April. With Melissa McCarthy’s “Tammy,” the kids’ flick “Earth to Echo” and the horror film “Deliver Us From Evil” lined up for next week, “Extinction” may be the first film in 10 weeks to open No. 1 and repeat the following week.

2. 22 Jump Street -$15.4 million [3rd week; $139 million in total] – Last week’s number 2 film retains its position even though it’s looking up at a new movie in the top spot. This marks a career live action best for co-star Jonah Hill, whose previous high was the $129 million earned from the first film. Co-star Channing Tatum has a bit further to go to surpass the $150 million earned from “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,” but that’s clearly in sight.

3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $13.1 million [3rd week; $121.8 million in total] – The animated hit surpassed “Rio 2‘s” $127 million gross, but doesn’t look like it has enough steam to catch up to “The LEGO Movie’s” impressive 2014 best $256 million haul.

Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems  Cedric (Kevin Hart) at the pool in Vegas.
Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems
Cedric (Kevin Hart) at the pool in Vegas.

4. Think Like a Man Too – $10.4 million [2nd week; $48 million] – Last week’s No. 1 took a major fall in its sophomore weekend. On the bright side, it’s already outperformed “About Last Night,” this February’s previous collaboration with stars Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall. Chances are good it will catch “The Best Man Holiday’s” $70.5 million, but there’s virtually no chance this will come close to the $91.5 million of the original.

5. Maleficent – $8.8 million  [5th week; $200 million] The “Sleeping Beauty” film already marks a career-best for Angelina Jolie and it’s not slowing down anytime soon showing remarkable staying power in a summer movie season that quickly has discarded hit after hit with each passing weekend. It’s been a Top 5 fixture for over a month and stands a good chance of remaining here for another few weeks at this rate.






  • Pierre Mooney

    I find THE TRANSFORMS so simular to GODAZILLA. The movies gives great visual satisfaction and are not really scary. Everyone watching knows the ending. It is the action that people go for. Other words the action is a story line. It different explosions and blows that keep our interest.

  • You’re dead on with that analogy Pierre. It really is similar what with the big destruction scenes in the big cities and the giant robots duking it out.

  • Fred

    I think the estimates are at 100 million on the nose Jeff, so final numbers could still come under 100 million. More times than not early estimates are usually above the final numbers as opposed to being under them. Sometimes estimates have ended up being lower than the final actual numbers but it’s much more rare. The last time I remember a film with a big opening ending up higher than it’s early estimates was “The Avengers”, which was estimated at 203 million but ended up over 207 million it’s opening weekend. Either way even if it comes below early estimates, ‘Transformers’ will have the year’s biggest opening weekend and will probably remain that way until “Mockingjay part 1” arrives in theaters this Fall.

  • keith

    well I guess im one of those haters. I cant do it jeff. I heard grimlock didnt even say me grimlock lol. Plus the fact that he is huge, but I guess since he is dinosaur…smh though. Plus 3 hours long????? Bay takes himself to seriously and yeah the turtles look a mess. Other thoughts, the family went and saw dragon2. One of the best animated films I have seen. the animation was down right gourgeous. that water look good enough for a dip. Good progression of the main characters and I can see why this can crank out a sequel. I love when a sequel can fill in the gaps and increase the level of danger, considering the madness at the end of the first film.

    Still need to see think like a man, but Im saddened that its not going to come close to the first film. thats never a good thing for black films as hollywood like to tie up the purse strings to the budget or try to pawn it off to straight dvd, like the sequel to two can play that game.

  • I really hope Mockingjay dethrones it Fred. No way should Michael Bay have the year’s highest grossing opening. 🙁

  • You’ll notice I didn’t even bother reviewing it. Figured I didn’t need three hours to reinforce that he has no clue how to handle this license IMO. Hard to argue with the box office success though.

    Yeah, HTTYD2 is all but assured a spot on my Top 10 for 2014.

    Don’t feel too bad. It’s doubled the budget and should probably finish it’s run with about $75M, which isn’t awful since it only cost $25M.

  • keith

    I may buy my son a toothless plusie to go with his hulk one. and a spiderman one. He made so proud that he seemed to take to the movie. He cant articulate but he was in good spirits and seemed to be captivated by the colors… I dont know

  • Very cool. I’m glad he enjoyed it so much. The Toothless plushy is super cute I’m sure.