Long Range Forecast: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'
Featured Stories - on May 02, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
Michael Bay has joined forces with star Mark Wahlberg--easily one of the most reliable leading men working today--for another installment in the wildly popular Transformers franchise. It's been three years since the last Transformers film grossed $352 million at home and another $765 million overseas. Is the franchise still healthy or has it passed its prime? BoxOffice takes a closer look at the commercial prospects for Transformers: Age of Extinction this week.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
- Will anybody really miss Shia LaBeouf? We doubt it. Mark Wahlberg carries a lot more drawing power on his own than LaBeouf.
- Age of Extinction's June 27 release date is ideal. The sci-fi flick won't face any major opposition until Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens on July 11.
- Facebook activity has been strong for months. The official Transformers page is rapidly heading for 31 million likes.
- Michael Bay's style of blockbuster filmmaking may not be popular with critics, but the paying public has been embracing it for years. We don't think they'll stop now.
- Franchises tend to dip when they hit the fourth film. Just look at what happened with Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean.
- It's possible that a three year gap could be a bit harmful.
Check out our predictions for these films and others in the table below. Key changes this week include Neighbors (up) and Million Dollar Arm (up).
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Transformers: Age of Extinction||Jun 27, 2014||Paramount
|Jersey Boys||Jun 20, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Think Like a Man Too||Jun 20, 2014||Sony / Screen Gems
|How to Train Your Dragon 2||Jun 13, 2014||Fox / DreamWorks Animation
|22 Jump Street||Jun 13, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|Edge of Tomorrow||Jun 6, 2014||Warner Bros.
|The Fault in Our Stars||Jun 6, 2014||Fox
|A Million Ways to Die in the West||May 30, 2014||Universal
|Maleficent||May 30, 2014||Disney
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||May 23, 2014||Fox
|Blended||May 23, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Million Dollar Arm||May 16, 2014||Disney
|Godzilla (2014)||May 16, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Moms' Night Out||May 9, 2014||Sony / AFFIRM
|Neighbors (2014)||May 9, 2014||Universal
|Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return||May 9, 2014||Clarius Entertainment
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.