For the sake of storage, we hope one of the Autobots also doubles as a very large bank vault. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen dominated the box office this weekend to the tune of $112 million in ticket sales. Couple that with the $89.2 million earned since the film opened last Wednesday, and Transformers has already grossed a ridiculous $201.2 million, giving it the second largest five-day opening haul in Hollywood history, behind only the $203.8 million earned by The Dark Knight last summer. The search for 2009’s first megablockbuster can officially stop. As we do each Monday, here’s a breakdown of the top five at the box office.
1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: $112 million ($201.2 million total)
Where to begin? This is the seventh largest three-day opening ever, trailing only The Dark Knight, the first and third Spider-Man movies, the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and, Shrek 3; it’s the largest June opening weekend ever, shattering the $93.7 million mark held by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban set back in 2004; while the first Transformers needed 12 days to pass the $200 million mark, the sequel managed to do it in just five. Plus, as if all that wasn’t enough, when Revenge of the Fallen surpasses $300 million in domestic grosses, Shia LaBeouf will become the first star to ever appear in $300 million blockbusters over three straight summers (Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull being the other two). Oh, and we didn’t even mention the $186.1 million that the Transformers sequel has already grossed from foreign territories. Phew! This probably goes without saying, but it’s a very good day to be Michael Bay.
2. The Proposal: $18.4 million ($69 million total)
America’s reignited love affair with Sandra Bullock continued as last weekend’s No. 1 film, The Proposal, dipped just 45 percent to fall into second place. At this rate of attrition and with no romantic comedies on the horizon until The Ugly Truth hits theaters at the end of July, The Proposal will not only clear $100 million, but it could also become the highest-grossing film of Ms. Bullock’s career. America’s Sweetheart is back.
3. The Hangover: $17.2 million ($183.2 million total)
With all the boys flocking to see Transformers, it isn’t surprising to find that The Hangover saw its largest percentage drop yet, easing 35 percent to land in third place. Of course, even bad news is good news for Todd Phillips’s smash: Among movies in the top ten, only Star Trek saw a lower decline. With $183.2 million accrued thus far, The Hangover is on course for upward of $250 million. Maybe that sequel isn’t such a bad idea after all.
4. Up: $13 million ($250.2 million total)
With another $13 million added to the coffers, Up has quietly become the highest grossing movie of 2009. Don’t get too excited though: Revenge of the Fallen might surpass its total by next weekend. Still, when all is said and done, the 3-D extravaganza should be the second-highest-grossing film in the history of Pixar. Well done, Ed Anser!
5. My Sister’s Keeper: $12 million ($12 million total)
Counterprogramming failure. While My Sister’s Keeper easily held off the second weekend of the bomb that is Year One ($5.8 million/$32.2 million total), a fifth place finish has to be considered a disappointment. My Sister’s Keeper only opened to $2 million more than star Cameron Diaz’s last best-selling adaptation, In Her Shoes. The lesson? Audiences want to see Ms. Diaz in romantic comedies, not weepy dramas. Perhaps she should give Sandy a call for some career advice.
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