'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Claims Largest Debut of 2014 To Date with $100.04M

on June 30, 2014 by Daniel Garris

Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted with $100.0 million at the box office this weekend. The fourth installment of the popular sci-fi action franchise performed in line with its massive pre-release expectations and delivered the largest opening weekend performance of 2014 to date (just topping the $95.02 million start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Transformers: Age of Extinction delivered the fourth largest June opening weekend of all-time (behind only last year's Man of Steel, 2010's Toy Story 3 and 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). The opening weekend performance of Transformers: Age of Extinction was in the same neighborhood as the $97.85 million opening weekend of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, though the opening weekend of Dark of the Moon was obviously deflated from that film opening on a Wednesday.

Transformers: Age of Extinction opened with $41.87 million on Friday (which included an estimated $8.75 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell 23 percent on Saturday to gross $32.43 million and declined 21 percent on Sunday to take in $25.74 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.39 to 1. While that ratio indicates significant initial front-loading, Transformers: Age of Extinction will hope to be helped out next weekend by what appears to be a relatively soft slate of releases by Independence Day weekend standards. The film's A- rating on CinemaScore is also an early encouraging sign going forward, though it should also be noted that early audience reaction to the film on Flixster has been far less impressive.

IMAX grosses were responsible for $10.7 million (10.7 percent) of this weekend's overall gross for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Sony's 22 Jump Street placed in a distant second with $15.84 million. The successful action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum fell 42 percent from last weekend, which represented a very solid hold, especially given the new direct competition the film faced from Transformers: Age of Extinction. 22 Jump Street has grossed an impressive $140.28 million in 17 days, which means it has already surpassed the $138.45 million final domestic gross of 2012's 21 Jump Street. 22 Jump Street is currently running 51 percent ahead of the $92.88 million 17-day take of 21 Jump Street.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in third with $13.24 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 46 percent from last weekend. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has yet to really stabilize for a family film and continues to perform below its massive expectations with a 17-day gross of $121.95 million. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now running a disappointing 9 percent behind the $133.40 million 17-day gross of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

On the heels of last weekend's first place debut, Sony's Think Like a Man Too fell three spots and a sharp 65 percent to land in fourth with $10.32 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was off to a very solid start last weekend (especially with its modest price tag in mind), but has displayed poor holding power since then. With a ten-day gross of $48.08 million, Think Like a Man Too is now running 20.5 percent behind the $60.47 million ten-day take of 2012's Think Like a Man.

Holding up far better this weekend was Disney's Maleficent, which was down just 35 percent to round out this weekend's top five with $8.38 million. In the process the 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone this weekend. Maleficent has grossed $202.01 million in 31 days and is very likely to continue holding up well going forward.

Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. The 3D superhero sequel took in $322,430 for the frame and has grossed $200.19 million through 59 days of release.

In its second weekend, Warner's Jersey Boys placed in sixth with $7.71 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical was down a solid 42 percent this weekend. Jersey Boys has grossed $27.44 million in ten days. That is in line with the film's modest expectations and places the film a slim 3 percent behind the $28.42 million ten-day take of 2012's Rock of Ages.

Tags: Transformers: Age of Extinction, 22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Think Like a Man Too, Maleficent, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jersey Boys

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