Third film in the franchise had 70% of ticket sales in 3D. The animation “Cars 2”, which was the first, dropped to second position.
The blockbuster “Transformers Dark Side of the Moon” crushed the competition and delighted movie fans around the world, with $ 372 million worldwide box office, Paramount Pictures said on Sunday.
The film, the third in a series of blockbusters on the war between robots that change shape, seems to be close to breaking box office records. The production had no less than 70% of international ticket sales in 3D, a value that was 60 percent in the U.S., according to Paramount.
The estimated $ 97.4 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada from Friday to Sunday is the biggest holiday of independence in the U.S., surpassing the previous leader, “Spider-Man 2,” which got U.S. $ 88.2 million in the same period in 2004.
With the end of the holiday on Monday, Paramount provides that the third “Transformers” will get $116 million in four days in the U.S. and Canada and $ 181 million since its Wednesday debut.
The film, with a budget estimated at $ 200 million to produce and tens of millions to promote it began with ticket sales lower than the second film in the series. However, performance in the holiday can bring the final amount of ticket sales above expectations. Watch movie clips. “The expectation was very high. It can still be the result above it is not uncommon. But movie fans liked the movie,” said Don Harris, vice president of distribution for Paramount.
The number one movie last week, “Cars 2,” Disney / Pixar, was second in the U.S., with $ 25.1 million in three days. It’s comedy starring Cameron Diaz, ‘”Professor Without Class,” fell to third place with $ 14.1 million and the romantic comedy, “Larry Crowne,” Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, was fourth, with U.S. $ 13 million. The fifth place went to comedy “Monte Carlo” with $ 7.6 million at the box office.
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