After noticing the results from AOE's private screening It's evident that people have grown tired of the franchise. I was expecting at least 10 million for the private screening, but I'm no professional I just like Bay's designs. This news article (below) helped place everything into perspective to me. Box Office: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Earns $8.8M On Thursday - Forbes Transformers is now on it's fourth film and Bay, actually Paramount even threw in the Dinobots as the new thing to for audiences to find interesting. The designs on the robots got a makeover, the cast has been replaced and apparently more robot screen time. All this sounds good but, but my theory is that after Revenge of the Fallen most people just lost respect completely over this franchise. The very first movie was so big I remember, the trailer the advertisements it was a Michael Bay Avatar back in 2007. Some people will argue that it wasn't all that but when the sequel (ROTF) was announced the hype was massive. I was so excited I remember and not only because it was the sequel but because of the new Deception cast! Now back to my thought, ROTF was expected to deliver what so many audiences were looking for. If the magic continued in ROTF, then the numbers for last nights screening would be bigger than that of Captain America or Spiderman. (data/box office #'s below) To wit, Transformers opened with Monday night screenings started at 8:00pm back in 2007 and earned $8.8 million before earning another $27.8m on its official Tuesday opening day. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen went midnight-only but grabbed a whopping $16m in its 12:01am screenings, leading to a $62m opening day on its Wednesday debut on this same weekend in 2009. And finally, Transformers: Dark of the Moon had frankly weird advance-night totals. The film started with advance night Tuesday showings (around 7:00pm if I recall) that grabbed $5.5m before scoring an additional $8m in midnight shows that went towards a $37m opening day and a $43.2m first 1.25 days of business. It's evident that Transformers could have had it's chance to be bigger than the Marvel films and be considered the new Star Wars of this generation. Dark of the moon also could have done things a lot different to keep people interested, for example two of the most iconic characters like Shockwave and Soundwave were finally allowed screen time in a movie. To me DOTM could have been a lot better considering the the nostalgia it still had with some of its characters. The new movie, Transformers Age of Extinction is relying mostly on the Dinobots to bring back some of that nostalgia to the franchise but will it be enough to help the franchise continue growing or will it kill it? I have yet to watch AOE, but it dissapoints me at times when I remember where this franchise went wrong. I'll post my reviews to the new movie after I watch it next Friday and hopefully I can still see some magic left like when I saw the ending in DOTM and the Cybertron scene.