Transformers: Age of Extinction continued its North American box office dominance for a second straight week, earning US$36.4 million over the Independence Day weekend.
This long awaited sequel is the first movie of the year to open with US$100 million and has earned over US$174 million over two weeks.
Age of Extinction also had the biggest international opening of the year with China as the top market for Transformers. The international total for Age of Extinction is at $400.9 million.
In China, Age of Extinction has surpassed the $200 million mark over the weekend to become the second highest grossing film of all time.
Paramount stated that Transformers: Age of Extinction has earned the biggest opening weekend international this year with $202.1 million from 37 countries.
The all-time box office record for U.S film is James Cameron’s Avatar which made $221.9 million in China. If Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to draw audience in its third or fourth weeks, it could very well surpass the $221.9 million that Avatar made.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is also the fastest movie in IMAX history to cross $50 million worldwide, generating a sizable return for IMAX.
It is a no-brainer that the dissatisfaction from Pangu Investments and their threat to sue Paramount last month was a publicity stunt to draw more attention towards the film and their business.
The movie was shot partly in China and includes Chinese stars like Li Bingbing, making it on track to breaking records in China.
Transformers: Age of Extinction has made $35.7 million in Russia, $34.2 Million in South Korea, $17.7 million in Australia and $14.7 million in Taiwan.
With the World Cup winding down, studios have been wise to stay out of the way and schedule the movie premieres around the World Cup.
It does seem like the Transformers franchise isn’t going to slow down anytime soon and we can anticipate the next Transformers to be bigger and better.