A double-whammy of news comes to us with regards to the performance of Transformers Age of Extinction. There is a lot of excited buzz over both the movie and director Michael Bay hitting some key milestones.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, it has been reported, has overtaken James Cameron's Avatar to become the biggest grossing movie in China, ever! This figure is slightly disputed - some sources claim the milestone was hit on Sunday, while the tally others are keeping suggests the movie came close but has not quite surpassed Avatar at that time. In either case, it is an incredible achievement for the fourth live-action big screen outing of the Transformers! Credit for this news item goes to Hollywood Reporter
Transformers: Age of Extinction now the highest grossing movie ever in China
Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to perform strongly at the US box office and has earned an impressive $180,166,140 as of July 7th, 2014. Box Office Mojo
also reports that international takings add up to $412,000,000, with more than half of that figure coming from China. As you might see from their chart, though, some figures have not yet been updated for the past weekend, and crucially some of the European opening weekends, such as the UK, are not yet represented. Of note is that Deadline
reports Transformers: Age of Extinction has the third greatest opening in Korea, but that the movie there is performing slightly less strongly than Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Last but by no means least, Transformers: Age of Extinction marks an important milestone in the career of its director Michael Bay. The film's gross over the weekend has seen Michael Bay overtake Robert Zemeckis to become the second highest grossing director of all time, right behind Transformers live action movie series executive producer Steven Speilberg. Check out the full announcement on Michael Bay's official website
Congratulations from all of us here at TFW2005 to Michael Bay and the crew who made Transformers: Age of Extinction possible!
Michael Bay Milestone: Second Highest Grossing Director of All Time