Forecast: Fourth ‘Transformers’ to Fight Off Franchise’s ‘Extinction’ This Weekend
June 27, 2014 - box officeby Ray Subers
Transformers: Age of Extinction
June 26, 2014
Rolling out during 4,233 locations this weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction could be a initial 2014 recover to open over $100 million. It’s unclear, though, if a serve of Dinobots and Mark Wahlberg is adequate to fight a clarity of “been there, finished that” that’s staid in around a fourth installment in this hugely essential franchise.
The initial 3 Transformers cinema non-stop forward of Jul 4th in 2007, 2009 and 2011. All 3 warranted over $300 million during a domestic box office, and any installment softened on a prototype overseas. The third moviethe initial in 3Dgrossed a whopping $771 million outward of a U.S., that puts a worldwide sum north of $1.1 billion.
While all 3 vital box bureau hits, a second and third cinema were maligned by critics and perceived churned reactions from moviegoers (both have subsequent a 6.5 rating on IMDb, that is bad for this genre). Historically, this isn’t a good pointer for a box bureau prospects of a subsequent outing.
A clever comparison here is a Pirates of a Caribbean franchise, where goodwill from a initial film propped adult dual underwhelming sequels. For a fourth Pirates movie, a expel from a initial 3 outings was mostly replaced, yet a categorical pull (Captain Jack Sparrow) stranded around. For Transformers: Age of Extinction, Mark Wahlberg replaces Shia LaBeouf in a lead tellurian role, while fan favorite Optimus Prime is, of course, returning.
Ultimately, Pirates of a Caribbean: On Stranger Tides warranted 22 percent reduction than a prototype during a domestic box office; a identical outcome would not be startling for a latest Transformers movie.
From an opening weekend perspective, it’s tough to pull an apples-to-apples comparison with a prior Transformers movies. All 3 non-stop on possibly a Tuesday or a Wednesday, and therefore burnt off poignant direct by a time a weekend arrived. Fandango is stating that Age of Extinction pre-sales are on standard with those of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past. All 3 of those cinema non-stop between $90 and $95 million. Paramount is also awaiting a identical outcome this weekend ($90 to $100 million).
One thing that unequivocally won’t assistance Transformers this weekend are a reviews. As of late Thursday afternoon, a film had an deplorable 13 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. While a authorization has historically seemed critic-proof, this rating does seem low adequate to keep during slightest a few intensity moviegoers away.
Of course, Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t done with a U.S. marketplace in mind: a idea here is first-and-foremost to daub in to a franchise’s large abroad potential. More specifically, this film is designed to play in China. The final tour warranted over $160 million there, and a Chinese marketplace has grown almost given then.
In an bid to serve boost a movie’s interest there, a poignant apportionment of a film is set in and around Hong Kong. It’s most a foregone end that Transformers: Age of Extinction will acquire north of $200 million in China, and there’s a tiny possibility that it indeed grosses some-more there than it does in a U.S.
Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company is releasing Once executive John Carney’s Begin Again in 5 theaters this weekend. The film has perceived churned reviews, though a mainstream regretful comedy accoutrements and clever expel (Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo) advise it could be a plain indie strike this Summer.
Sci-fi movement film Snowpiercer is opening during 8 locations this weekend. The film was a large strike final year in executive Bong Joon-ho’s local South Korea, and has clever reviews and a U.S.-friendly expel that includes Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. It stays to be seen either distributor Radius-TWC (a multiplication of The Weinstein Company) will give it a pull required to unequivocally mangle out.
Forecast (June 27-29)
1. Transformers 4 – $96 million
2. How to Train Your Dragon – $15.5 million (-37%)
3. 22 Jump Street – $15 million (-45%)
4. Think Like a Man Too – $12.3 million (-58%)
Bar for Success
The final Transformers film warranted $98 million on a opening weekend, and that’s after blazing off $64.8 million value of direct on Wednesday and Thursday. Based on that, Transformers: Age of Extinction ought to be opening during slightest on standard with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that has a tip entrance this year ($95 million).