Was there any question that the "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" would own the weekend? Of course not. It was playing in a staggering 4,234 theaters including 169 IMAX screens. Even if the film was total crap, (and most critics agree it was) the hype surrounding this film, fueled by a major marketing blitz would be enough to give it the numbers. Michael Bay's loud, annoying, Robo-explosio-fest has become the second biggest opening film in movie history, behind last year's "Dark Knight." It also set the record for the largest June opening and the largest 5-day opening weekend ever.
Grand total, the film has made $201 million since it opened on Wednesday and cleared $112 million Friday-Sunday alone, according to studio estimates.
However, I will re-state my opinion that just because a movie is number one doesnt mean its a great movie.
But at this point, I dont think anyone cares about wether or not it was good. Only that it made a boat-load of money.
And yet people wonder why Hollywood doesnt make better movies. Why should they? Use a lot of CGI, a ton of explosives and a franchise from the target demographic's adolescence and you have the recipe for keeping the executives at Paramount employed for another few months.
Who cares if the script is terrible. Look at those robots beat each other up! And oh yeah, an incredibly hot and highly-overrated sexpot runs around a lot in slow motion.
Of course, how long this film can sustain its record-breaking performance remains to be seen. My guess is that its numbers will quickly fall off by next week.
In other news, as expected "Land of the Lost" dropped 73% from the previous week and skyrocketd out of the top ten. To steal a line from another entertainment blogger, "TOLDYA!"
Here's the top ten for the weekend:
1 (new) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $112,000,000
2 (1) The Proposal $18,466,000
3 (2) The Hangover $17,215,000
4 (3) Up $13,046,000
5 (new) My Sister's Keeper $12,030,000
6 (4) Year One $5,800,000
7 (5) The Taking of Pelham 123 $5,400,000
8 (7) Star Trek $3,606,000
9 (6) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $3,500,000
10 (13) Away We Go $1,678,251