I'm sure that you are not wondering which movie claimed victory at the box office this weekend, are you? Since you must have access to the Internet in order to be reading this post in the first place, that rules out any chance that you've been living under a rock or in deep in a jungle, and therefore you've already heard that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has earned more than $201 million since its debut on Wednesday. Its Friday through Sunday ticket sales of $112 million beat out its closest competitor (The Proposal, with about $18.5 million over the weekend) by an absolutely huge margin.
If you read my review then you know how displeased I was with this sequel, but it's not like I doubted that it would be an enormous money-maker. And as Locke pointed out, we really should've figured that Michael Bay would go ridiculously over the top in every way, shape and form this time around — what else was he supposed to do when given a $200 million budget to play with? What I wasn't prepared for, however, was to learn that Transformers: ROTF's five-day take was the second largest of all time, behind only The Dark Knight. You know, The Dark Knight, the Academy Award®-winning movie that audiences and critics alike agreed was actually great? In a fair and just and rational world, Transformers 2 and The Dark Knight would never be mentioned in the same breath let alone be vying with each other for any sort of box office record, so allow me to take a few moments and weep.
I'm not going to be able to stop the flow of tears this morning I'm afraid, because there's another Transformers on the horizon and of course The Powers That Be want it in the can as soon as possible. They're talking summer 2011, and I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I'll be recovered by then.
So let's change the subject and check on the status of other movies playing in theaters this weekend, shall we? The Hangover lingers; now in its fourth week, it earned another $17.2 million. Up swapped places with Star Trek to reclaim the Highest Grossing Film of 2009 title, its $13 million haul over the last three days helped it to pass the $250 million mark in total ticket sales. Alas, Transformers 2 will be eclipsing that amount very shortly… d'ah!!! I can't take it!! Up is so much better!!! Breathe, Erika, breathe…
The only other new title to arrive at cineplexes this weekend was My Sister's Keeper, which came in fifth place with $12 million.
I am pretty sure that the big bad transforming alien robots will continue to dominate the theatrical landscape until Harry Potter shows up in two and a half weeks and pushes them out of the way with a flick of his wand. Poor Harry now has to not only save the wizarding world from He Who Must Not Be Named, but he also has to save us mere Muggles from the likes of Skids and Mudflap. July 15 can't arrive soon enough.