‘Transformers’ debut ticket sales top US$13.5m
LOS ANGELES, June 30 — Action flick “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” opened to US$13.5 million (RM40.5 million) at box offices in its late night and midnight screenings in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates released yesterday.
The 3-D film based on toys from the 1980s saw its debut night box-office figures come in below the last movie in the series, 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” which opened to US$16.6 million in midnight screenings.
But with the July 4 weekend approaching, the film is expected to earn between US$150 million and US$180 million over its first six days in the US and Canada, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com Box Office.
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” with its big action and special effects, is widely expected to be among the biggest blockbusters of the summer.
It opened in 3,000 US and Canada locations in screenings late on Tuesday and at midnight, and through Monday it will play in over 4,000 locations, Dergarabedian said.