|Aug 8, 1986||The Transformers: The Movie||$1,779,559||$5,849,647||$5,849,647|
|Jul 2, 2007||Transformers||$151,000,000||$70,502,384||$319,071,806||$708,098,205|
|Jun 24, 2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||$210,000,000||$108,966,307||$402,111,870||$836,519,699||Play|
|Jun 29, 2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||$195,000,000||$97,852,865||$352,390,543||$1,123,790,543||Play|
|Jun 27, 2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$210,000,000||$100,038,390||$245,439,076||$1,104,039,076||Play|
Box Office History for Transformers Movies
|Nov 7, 2006||The Transformers: The Movie||$14,627,069||$14,627,069|
|Oct 16, 2007||Transformers||$294,797,278||$7,885,366||$302,682,644|
|Oct 20, 2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||$221,996,361||$50,061,726||$272,058,087|
|Sep 30, 2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||$56,593,112||$55,492,021||$112,085,133|
|Sep 30, 2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$25,376,262||$35,390,800||$60,767,062|
September 30th, 2014
Transformers: Age of Extinction leads the pack of new releases this week, at least in terms of sales potential. It is by far not the best movie on this week's list, but it does appear to have to scared away a lot of the competition. Fortunately, the next best selling new release is Chef on Blu-ray Combo Pack, which is a clear contender for Pick of the Week. The main competitor for this title is Once Upon a Time in America on Blu-ray, but I'm going with Chef.
September 29th, 2014
If you look at our list of franchises, none have made more money in as few installments as Transformers has earned. On the other hand, if you look at the top ten franchises, none of them have earned as much critical scorn as the Transformers films have earned. Only the first one managed to come close to overall positive reviews. Depending on who you talk to, the most recent installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has been called the best of the sequels or the worst of the sequels. Which camp do I fall under?
July 10th, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the only new wide release of the week and since last week's new releases underperformed, it will dominate the box office this weekend. In fact, it will dominate the box office, even if it barely managed to live up to its predecessor. Transformers: Age of Extinction will be well back with less than $20 million, while Tammy might not reach $10 million. By comparison, this weekend last year, there were two films that earned more than $40 million (Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2) and a total of six films earned $10 million or more. 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison.
July 7th, 2014
As expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction won the race to the top of the box office chart and did so with ease. However, that film, and practically every film in the top five, failed to live up to expectations. Tammy still took second place with ease, but it was the only other film to earn more than $10 million over the Independence Day long weekend. Overall, the box office pulled in $132 million over the weekend, which is 27% less than last weekend. Compared to the same weekend last year, the box office was 42% lower this year. Ouch. To put this into perspective, even if you take out Despicable Me 2 from last year's box office, 2014 would have still failed to match 2013's weekend numbers. Year-to-date, 2014 is now $130 million or 2.4% below 2013's pace at $5.35 billion to $5.48 billion. It is still too early to panic, but if things don't turn around soon, the panic button will be pushed.
July 3rd, 2014
There are three wide releases and a wide expansion this week all hoping to take advantage if the Independence Day long weekend. (There was to be one more wide expansion, but Begin Again is expanding to less than 200 theaters.) Tammy is the biggest of these wide releases and it is the latest Melissa McCarthy vehicle and might be a surprise $100 million hit. Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo were in a close battle for third place on Wednesday, but I think their futures will be quite different. Finally, America: Imagine a World Without Her is expanding to over 1,000 theaters. This isn't enough to compete with the new releases, but it could compete for a spot in the top ten. While there are a lot of new releases, Transformers: Age of Extinction will win the race for top spot in the box office chart, unless something surprising happens. The only thing more surprising than Age of Extinction getting knocked out of top spot would be if the overall box office was stronger that the same weekend last year when Despicable Me 2 opened with more than $80 million during the three-day weekend.
June 30th, 2014
As expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction easily won the race for the top of the box office chart and became the first film released in 2014 to earn more than $100 million during its opening weekend. Granted, it barely made it, but we will take it. This helped the overall box office climb by 20% to $190 million over the weekend. Unfortunately, this was still 8% lower than the same weekend last year when Monsters University repeated at the box office champion. Year-to-date, 2014 has pulled in $5.11 billion, which is 0.3% below 2013's pace of $5.13 billion. This is still close enough that we shouldn't panic, but the trajectory is going in the wrong direction.
June 26th, 2014
There is only one wide release of the week, but it is a potential monster hit. It is also potentially the last in a very profitable franchise. Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth film in the Transformers franchise, a franchise that has averaged more than $350 million at the box office. However, they have also averaged well below 50% positive reviews and the poor critical response could finally be taking its toll. It will still crush the competition this weekend, but it likely won't live up to past installments in the franchise. It will also beat last year's new releases and more than double the first place film; however that might not be enough to save 2014. Last year there were five films that pulled in $20 million or more. This year there will be only one. In fact, there will be only four films that pull in $10 million or more.
June 1st, 2014
It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.
January 28th, 2014
There are a large number of first run releases coming out this week on the home market, five in total. This is a huge amount. This week, the latest season of Downton Abby also comes out on the home market, and it is the best selling new release of the week, at least according to Amazon.com. So at the top, it is a really busy week. On the other hand, there's very little depth. Beyond those six releases, there's not a lot to talk about. Out of all of the movies on this week's list, Rush is the best movie, but the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack are only good and not great. On the other hand, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray or 3D Blu-ray is the best total package. Meanwhile, I finally got a chance to review Carrie (the screener arrived late) and it was better than I thought it would be and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is worth picking up, especially if you haven't seen the original movie.
February 1st, 2013
For the most part, January was a really good month and 2013 got off to a really good start. I'm not so sure about February, on the other hand. There's only one film that has a statistically significant shot at $100 million, A Good Day to Die Hard, but I'm a little concerned that it won't live up to expectations. The franchise has been around a long time and it is possible that the target audience has either moved on or are too young to remember when these films were huge at the box office. The film I'm most looking forward to seeing is Warm Bodies, which is earning amazing early reviews (the keyword there is "early"), but it is too high-concept to be a major hit. Last February, there were a couple of films that topped $100 million, plus a few other midlevel hits. I would like to think that would also be the case this year, but I have to be more cautious than that. The evidence points to a weak month ahead, for the most part.
Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Peter Cullen||5||Optimus Prime||$3,778,297,170||$4,041,587,475||93.5%|
|Shia LaBeouf||3||Sam Witwicky||$2,668,408,447||$5,255,076,106||50.8%|
|Josh Duhamel||3||Lt. Colonel William Lennox||$2,668,408,447||$3,208,317,952||83.2%|
|Tyrese Gibson||3||Sergeant Epps||$2,668,408,447||$6,181,981,679||43.2%|
|John Turturro||3||Agent Seymour Simmons||$2,668,408,447||$5,119,834,521||52.1%|
|Kevin Dunn||3||Ron Witwicky||$2,668,408,447||$4,560,906,992||58.5%|
|Megan Fox||2||Mikaela Banes||$1,544,617,904||$2,399,069,481||64.4%|
|Anthony Anderson||2||Glen Whitmann||$1,544,617,904||$3,679,360,195||42.0%|
|Julie White||2||Judy Witwicky||$1,960,310,242||$2,378,290,266||82.4%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.
Executive Producer (4)
|Don Murphy||4||Producer (4)||$3,772,447,523||$4,112,832,208||91.7%|
|Tom DeSanto||4||Producer (4)||$3,772,447,523||$4,476,498,789||84.3%|
|Lorenzo di Bonaventura||4||Producer (4)||$3,772,447,523||$5,914,747,563||63.8%|
|Ian Bryce||4||Producer (4)||$3,772,447,523||$8,699,266,403||43.4%|
|Steven Spielberg||4||Executive Producer (4)||$3,772,447,523||$22,545,998,072||16.7%|
|Brian Goldner||4||Executive Producer (4)||$3,772,447,523||$4,485,878,074||84.1%|
|Mark Vahradian||4||Executive Producer (4)||$3,772,447,523||$4,692,749,500||80.4%|
|Steve Jablonsky||4||Composer (4)||$3,772,447,523||$5,483,014,494||68.8%|
Supervising Sound Editor (3)
Sound Designer (2)
Associate Producer (3)
Stunt Coordinator (1)
|Ehren Kruger||3||Screenwriter (3)||$3,064,349,318||$3,667,464,789||83.6%|
|Roger Barton||3||Editor (3)||$3,064,349,318||$6,605,922,132||46.4%|
|Allegra Clegg||3||Co-Producer (3)||$3,064,349,318||$3,993,655,910||76.7%|
|Paul Rubell||3||Editor (3)||$2,648,656,980||$5,728,504,729||46.2%|
|Deborah L. Scott||3||Costume Designer (3)||$2,668,408,447||$9,360,391,581||28.5%|
|Peter J. Devlin||3||Sound Mixer (3)||$2,935,927,824||$5,398,906,878||54.4%|
|Ethan Van der Ryn||3||
Supervising Sound Editor (3)
Sound Designer (1)
|Greg P. Russell||3||Re-recording Mixer (3)||$3,064,349,318||$13,130,234,204||23.3%|
|John Frazier||3||Special Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,935,927,824||$6,748,756,821||43.5%|
|Scott Farrar||3||Visual Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,935,927,824||$4,523,275,972||64.9%|
|Denise Chamian||3||Casting Director (3)||$3,064,349,318||$9,645,833,385||31.8%|
Story Creator (1)
Story Creator (1)
|Amir Mokri||2||Cinematographer (2)||$2,227,829,619||$4,745,265,049||46.9%|
|William Goldenberg||2||Editor (2)||$2,227,829,619||$4,926,663,574||45.2%|
|Joel Negron||2||Editor (2)||$1,960,310,242||$3,517,568,891||55.7%|
|Thomas Muldoon||2||Editor (2)||$1,544,617,904||$1,544,617,904||100.0%|
|Nigel Phelps||2||Production Designer (2)||$1,960,310,242||$4,160,768,474||47.1%|
|Julian Ashby||2||Art Director (2)||$1,960,310,242||$3,157,840,398||62.1%|
|Benjamin Edelberg||2||Art Director (2)||$2,227,829,619||$2,759,454,139||80.7%|
|Ben Procter||2||Art Director (2)||$1,940,558,775||$2,030,295,966||95.6%|
|Jennifer Williams||2||Set Decorator (2)||$1,960,310,242||$3,859,148,097||50.8%|
Associate Producer (1)
|Gary Summers||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$1,960,310,242||$10,841,567,688||18.1%|
Stunt Coordinator (2)
Second Unit Director (2)
|Jeffrey J. Haboush||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$2,227,829,619||$5,569,581,055||40.0%|
|Rosemary Brandenberg||2||Set Decorator (2)||$1,812,137,281||$7,532,451,047||24.1%|
Assistant Director (2)
|Scott Benza||2||Animation Supervisor (2)||$1,812,137,281||$1,812,137,281||100.0%|
|Simon Warnock||2||Assistant Director (2)||$1,831,888,748||$3,666,087,763||50.0%|