“˜Transformers’ global box office hits US$372m
Big-budget Hollywood flick “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” smashed rivals and delighted movie fans around the world, ringing up US$372 million (RM1.12 billion) at global box offices since its Wednesday debut, Paramount Pictures said yesterday.
The movie, the third instalment in the blockbuster films about a battle for Earth being waged by shape-shifting beings from another world, appeared on its way to beating some box office records and it bolstered the prospects for the soft 3D market with 70 per cent of its international ticket sales and 60 per cent of its domestic tally in that format, Paramount said.
An estimated US$97.4 million in US and Canadian ticket sales for the three days Friday through yesterdayeclipses the previous best three-day tally over the US Independence Day holiday, Paramount said. That record had been held by “Spider-Man 2″ with US$88.2 million on the same weekend in 2004.
By the time the holiday ends today, Paramount forecasts that the third “Transformers” will have taken in US$116 million in four days in the United States and Canada and US$181 million since its wide-release debut last Wednesday.