After the one star reviews started piling up earlier this week, I wondered if “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” would be a box office bomb and another causality in a summer movie season that has been balancing precariously between the chasms of surprise and letdown. However, two things changed my mind: One, I caught a showing of “Revenge of the Fallen” and watched the audience ooh, ahh and laugh, like Michael Bay had left a trail of moldy bread crumbs and they were gobbling them up like starving children. Last, not only did “Transformers” win the weekend box office, but it completely obliterated every other movie in theaters. Not only did it gross $112 million over the weekend, but it’s grossed $201 million and has only been in theaters since June 24. That’s less than a week. To put that in perspective, “Up” and “Star Trek” have both been out for five and eight weeks respectively and “Revenge of the Fallen” is only $50 million behind them.
With “Public Enemies” as the only real competition for the July 4th weekend, I’m guessing you’ll see “Revenge of the Fallen” come close to the $300 million mark by July 5th. After that, it’s all up in the air. Aside from “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince” there is nothing that would seem capable of knocking “Revenge of the Fallen” from a top two placement from here on out. That is, only Harry Potter and perhaps negative word of mouth. But that seems unlikely. Based on my observations at the theater, people loved the second installment of Bay’s robots-in-disguise saga.
The top five was rounded out by “The Proposal” ($18,466,000), “The Hangover” ($17,215,000), “Up” ($13,046,000) and “My Sister’s Keeper” ($12,030,000). “Land of the Lost” and “Terminator Salvation” dropped out of the top ten, barely grossing $1 million and I’m pretty sure we won’t hear from them until their respective DVD/Blu-ray releases.