I guess we know what a lot of you were doing Tuesday night–going to see “Transformers.”
“Transformers” opened to record-setting box-office numbers Tuesday. The Michael Bay directed picture about robots from another planet who can morph into cars, planes and other machines raked in an impressive $27.4 million dollars on its first day of wide-release. The box-office take easily shattered the record for the largest Tuesday opening in history, easily sailing past “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” which opened to $15.1 million last year.
“Transformers” also took in an estimated $8.8 million for advance screenings on Monday night.
It’s the biggest Tuesday ever,” said Mike Vollman, spokesman for Paramount, which released “Transformers” along with fellow Viacom Inc. unit DreamWorks. “It’s playing very broadly. It’s the kind of summer movie that’s drawing families and we’re very excited for its progress going into the rest of the weekend.”
“They had great preview numbers and it’s an incredible total for a Tuesday, which is just not known as a big box office day,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “The timing on this movie was perfect, with the holiday in the middle of the week. This film has six days plus a preview to stretch its legs.”
Should the weekend numbers continue to follow this trend, “Transformers” could join fellow summer films “Spider-Man 3” “Shrek the Third” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in the $300 million club. It could also be the kind of blockbuster Hollywood has been hoping for the past month and it could revitalize things for a solid, profitable July.
This could be the movie that transforms the summer back into the blockbuster we were hoping it would be,” said Dergarabedian