What sort of reception do you predict for DOTM? Big box office, weak with the critics? Or will it reverse the trend, and flop despite good reviews? Maybe it will build on the momentum and goodwill of the previous 2 movies and surpass both of them. What is your gut feeling at this stage? Do you find the hype convincing? To put things in perspective, here's how a variety of comparable blockbuster-type movies have performed in different categories: Opening weekend gives you an idea of how highly anticipated a movie was, total gross shows the overall financial impact of the movie. Rotten Tomatoes gives an idea of how positive or negative the reviews were on the whole, and to balance that somewhat, IMDb shows how their users rated it (presumably more average cinema-goers). Transformers 1 (2007): Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 57% fresh IMDb: 7.2 /10 Domestic Opening Weekend: $70.5 million Total Worldwide Gross: $709.7 million TF2: ROTF (2009) Tomatometer: 20% IMDb: 5.9 Weekend: $108.9 million Worldwide: $836.3 million Iron Man(2008): Tomatometer: 94% IMDb: 7.9 Weekend: $98.6m Worldwide: $585.2m The Dark Knight(2008) Tomatometer: 94% IMDb: 8.9 Weekend: $158.4 m Worldwide: $1,001.9 M Avatar (2009) Tomatometer: 83% IMDb: 8.2 Weekend: $77 m Worldwide: $2,782.3 m Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1(2010) Tomatometer: 79% IMDb: 7.7 Weekend: $125m Worldwide: $954.5m Twilight: Eclipse (2010) Tomatometer: 50% IMDb: 4.8 Weekend: $64.8m Worldwide: $698.4m Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Tomatometer: 33% IMDb: 6.9 Weekend: $90.2m Worldwide: $913.6m Thor (2011) Tomatometer: 77% IMDb: 7.5 Weekend: $65.7 m Worldwide: $433.7m So, if you were to put money on it, ... or just guess for the heck of it, how do you expect TF3 will fare in those same categories? A lot of this year's movies I could compare it with are still on release, so the numbers haven't quite settled yet. I remember ROTF took a while before the ratings started to sink and the really bad reviews started to come in, and obviously movies that are still in theatres haven't produced their total gross yet. Figures taken from The Internet Movie Database, Rotten Tomatoes, and Box Office Mojo .