Update: Article updated with final box office data.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon dominated the weekend box office with $97.852M from 4,088 theaters Friday-Sunday and $115.886M Friday-Monday. That breaks the previous July 4th weekend record held by 2004’s “Spider-Man 2″ which opened to $88.156M (Fri-Sun). The opening is also the biggest of the year (ahead of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — $90.152M).
Compared to its predecessors, ‘Dark of the Moon’ opened 39% above the 2007 original ($70.502M) and just 10% under the opening of 2009’s ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ ($108.966M). ‘Dark of the Moon’ grossed $175.151M through Monday ($180.651M including an estimated $5.5M from Tuesday night previews). Although not as strong as the second film in the franchise — which had grossed $214.931M through the comparable period three day period — ‘Dark of the Moon’ is expected to ride strong word of mouth to become the year’s first $300M+ grosser.
The film is performing even more impressively overseas (which seems to be the norm these days with blockbusters), opening to $219.8M through Monday, putting the movie at an incredible $400.451M through the July 4th Holiday weekend.
Of the two other new releases, the Tom Hanks / Julia Roberts-starrer Larry Crowne finished on top in fourth place with $13.096M ($16.099M for the 4-day), ahead of the teen-centric romantic comedy Monte Carlo which grossed $7.454M for sixth place ($8.588M for the 4-day).
Rounding out the top five was Cars 2 in second place, sliding a disappointing 60% with $26.273M ($31.63M for the 4-day / $122.56M cume), Bad Teacher in third place with $14.507M ($17.262M for the 4-day / $62.708M cume) and Super 8 in fifth place easing just 34% with $7.922M ($9.527M for the 4-day / $110.07M cume). The J.J. Abrams-directed / Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi film crossed the $100M domestic mark on Thursday.
Other notable performances over the fold:
- Green Lantern also crossed $100M, but it continues to disappoint, dropping 64% in its third weekend with a seventh place $6.557M / $7.928M 4-day ($103.616M cume).
- Bridesmaids is now the top-grossing R-rated female comedy of all time. The film eased just 31% in its eighth weekend with $3.646M / $4.355M 4-day for a $153.729M domestic cume (the previous record holder was “Sex and the City” with $152.647M).
- The Hangover Part II is closing in on $250M domestic, taking in $2.392M this weekend ($2.799M 4-day / $248.651M cume). It’ll cross $250M in domestic box office by Friday or Saturday of next week.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has crossed $1B in worldwide box office.