Box Office Review-Sunday 28 June ‘Autobots Break Records; 3D Challenges Ahead’

By | June 28, 2009 10:00 am PDT

Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was the blockbuster that it was expected to be in its opening week. Meanwhile “Up” soared past “Star Trek” to become the new highest grossing film of the year—and underscores the challenges that this summer’s stereo releases face with a still limited number of 3D screens.
We’ll start this week’s Box Office Review with the Autobots from Paramount/Dreamworks, which topped the North American box office this weekend with an estimated $112 million. Since opening June 24, it has earned an estimated total of $201.2 million in North America and $387.3 million worldwide.
The only other film to cross $200 million in North America in five days was “The Dark Knight,” which had a five-day total of nearly $203.8 million. As well, Bay’s latest is the biggest Wednesday opening with $60.6 million, passing 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which debuted its magic on a Wednesday with $44. 2 million.
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” looks poised to soon become the highest grossing film of the year in North America.
To that end, Disney/Pixar’s “Up” claimed that title this weekend, the film earned an estimated $13 million to finished fourth for the weekend and to reach a new North American total of roughly $250.2 million, passing leader “Star Trek,” with an estimated $246.2 million.
In its fifth week in release, “Up” continues to play on the majority of the roughly 2,000 3D ready screens in North America, but on Wednesday, July 1, Fox is about to deflate that number with the opening of its digital 3D release “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.” Box office numbers for both 3D movies will be something to watch next week.
Also this weekend in North America, estimates suggest that “The Proposal” finished second with $18.5 million for a new total of $69 million in its second week in release; Warner Bros.’s “The Hangover” earned $17.2 million for a total gross of $183.2 million, to finish third in its fourth week; and Warner’s “My Sister’s Keeper” opened at number five with $12 million.

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