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    'Transformers' Now on Track to
    Earn $180 Million Domestically Through July 4th

    Dark of the Moon got a jump on the long holiday weekend by opening Tuesday night.

    Sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen grossed $200.1 million in its six-day debut, while the first Transformers earned $155.4 million in its first six days (that film also debuted over the July 4th holiday).

    Dark of the Moon is earning the majority of its grosses, or 60%, from 3D theaters, bucking the recent downturn in 3D attendance in North America.

    If Dark of the Moon is pacing behind Revenge of the Fallen domestically, it’s making up for it overseas, where it’s tally through Thursday was $66 million.

    Box Office Report: 'Transformers' Now on Track to Earn $180 Million Domestically Through July 4th - The Hollywood Reporter

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    Re: 'Transformers 3' 7/1/2011

    I saw Transformers yesterday. As I've mentioned before, I'm not a fan of 3D movies. I did believe if any movie should be in 3D it would be one of these movies. So very early on I said I would see this in 3D. The movie was good, what I expected ... Amazing visuals and FXs. The 3D ... ehh. I'd say there were maybe 10 shots I thought, wow great 3D. Other than that, would still have been a great film in 2D. I will not be buying any more 3D movie tickets. I think 2D is just fine. Though I may make an exception for the next Avatar.





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    Distributor Paramount International said the film soared to the No. 1 spot in 57 of its opening markets with 70% of the action derived from 3D venues. Dark of the Moon is Paramount's biggest foreign opening ever, surpassing the $147 million offshore debut of 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

    Eye-popping debut numbers were logged throughout Asia. In South Korea, the take was $28 million from 1,107 situations, the market’s biggest opening ever. In Hong Kong, the per-site average was more than $118,000 for a $5.2 million gross, another market opening record.

    All-time debut highs were also set in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore plus the United Arab Emirates, Peru and Panama. Opening records for a Paramount title were set in Brazil ($5.9 million from 376 situations), India ($4.3 million from 558 sites) and in Turkey.

    Dark of the Moon’s mega-opening ranks as the second biggest of the year overseas after Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which recorded $260.4 million in its first five days at 18,210 screens in more than 100 offshore territories. (Disney said Tides passed the $1 billion worldwide box office mark, grossing $1.008 billion with $774 million of the total coming from the foreign circuit after a $6.9 million weekend.)


    The first two Transformer titles were more popular abroad than in the U.S. and Canada. 2007’s Transformers drew $389.8 million offshore versus $319.2 million domestically. 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen grossed $434.2 million offshore versus $402.1 million domestically, as per Paramount figures.

    Dark of the Moon’s opening surge beat by 51% the foreign debut of Revenge of the Fallen. Openings in China and Japan are due later this month.
    'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Dominates Overseas Box Office With $210 Million Bow - The Hollywood Reporter
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    by Gitesh Pandya THIS WEEKEND Michael Bay's 3D summer tentpole Transformers: Dark of the Moon crushed the competition with the biggest Independence Day holiday opening weekend ever and the third largest global debut in history. Other new releases were not so lucky as the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts vehicle Larry Crowne and the Selena Gomez pic Monte Carlo both delivered disappointing results.

    Towering over all other films, the third Transformers installment debuted to an estimated $97.4M over the Friday-to-Sunday period and a colossal $162.1M since its launch on Tuesday night with 9pm previews. That was good enough to break the seven-year-old records for this holiday set in 2004 by the highly anticipated superhero sequel Spider-Man 2 which bowed to $88.2M over the Friday-to-Sunday span and $152.4M over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period. Taking out the $5.5M that Optimus Prime brought in from Tuesday night sneaks, the actual Wednesday-to-Sunday tally for the robots was $156.6M. The Spidey pic sold more tickets though as Transformers enjoyed a big jump in 2D prices plus 3D surcharges.

    Paramount aggressively marketed Moon as a film that should be seen in 3D given that it actually delivers the thrills moviegoers expect from the format unlike so many converted action pics from earlier this year. The film and its campaign paid off as 3D screens accounted for 60% of the gross making for a higher share than the 45% figures that recent action films like Green Lantern and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides had. Moon also played in digital IMAX 3D locations.

    Dark of the Moon's daily run started with an official opening day Wednesday of $37.7M. Thursday dipped 43% to $21.5M, Friday surged 54% to $33M, Saturday inched up another 5% to $34.6M, and Sunday is estimated to dip 14% to $29.9M. The studio also reported a preliminary Fourth of July holiday Monday estimate of $18.7M, down 37% from Sunday, making for a Friday-to-Monday weekend of $116.1M and a jaw-dropping 6.5-day tally of $180.9M. The third Shia LaBeouf-led actioner fared well with ticket buyers earning an encouraging A grade from CinemaScore. Good buzz from those that caught the film mid-week helped create recommendations that convinced a broader audience on the weekend to take a chance on the latest dose of destruction and mayhem.

    Moon launched ultrawide in 4,013 domestic locations and averaged a muscular $24,271 per theater helped by 3D fees. It also ranked as the third best July opening (Friday-to-Sunday) ever trailing The Dark Knight ($158.4M) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($135.6M) which both opened on a Friday.

    The 6.5-day total for the new Autobot flick will not beat the $200.1M five-day non-holiday launch of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen from June 2009, however it will certainly finish higher than the $155.4M 6.5-day debut for the first film in the series from this same holiday weekend in 2007. That pic started with 8pm preview shows on a Monday with Tuesday being the first full day of release. Factor in the changes in ticket prices and the 3D effect and the number of stubs sold were about the same for the first and third chapters. Good will from the first film helped the opening of the second, but bad buzz from that pic prompted some to drop out when the third pic arrived.

    As expected for a Michael Bay action sequel, reviews were not too upbeat. But critics were generally pleased with the quality of the 3D presentation with many saying it was the best for any action movie since Avatar. James Cameron's 3D camera technology was used in the shooting of Dark of the Moon.

    The new Transformers opened day and date in most of the world this weekend and generated a sensational $372M opening from Wednesday to Sunday (including previews) making it the third biggest global opening ever after Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ($394M) and Spider-Man 3 ($381.6M). Moon's international portion stood at $210M led by Korea's $28M, Russia's $22M, and the United Kingdom's $16.5M. China and Japan open later in July and are expected to add much more to the run. Overseas audiences spent more on the extra dimension as 3D accounted for a higher 70% of the international grosses.

    The 3D animated sequel Cars 2 fell apart in its second weekend crumbling 62% to an estimated $25.1M. It was the worst sophomore drop ever for a Pixar film. Sequels typically decline more than originals but the G-rated toon had a holiday to help the second weekend and the new releases did not provide too much direct competition for younger children. Fans of the franchise came out in solid numbers on the first weekend, but word-of-mouth does not seem strong enough to keep the film going. Second weekend falls for the Toy Story sequels were 52% for part two which came off of the Thanksgiving holiday and 46% for the third part from last summer. The ten-day total for Cars 2 sits at $116M and a rough road ahead could lead to a final take of around $190M putting it well below the $244.1M of the first Cars from 2006 which had cheaper 2D tickets and no 3D surcharges to help its numbers. Overseas, the Mater movie collected an estimated $22.1M from just 19 territories bumping the international cume to $82.2M led by Mexico, Russia, and Brazil with the global tally climbing to $198.2M.

    After a stellar debut, the Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher suffered a sizable fall dropping 55% to an estimated $14.1M giving Sony $59.5M after ten days. The poorly-reviewed R-rated pic might be able to reach $100M for Sony if it can stabilize itself after the holiday weekend.

    The combined starpower of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts meant little at the box office as their poorly-reviewed new film Larry Crowne generated a disappointing opening in fourth with only $13M, according to estimates. Universal's PG-13 entry played in 2,973 locations averaging $4,375 per site and played to the oldest audience among the weekend's major films. Studio data showed that a whopping 81% of the crowd fell into the extra old category of 35+ while females made up 64% of the audience. Budgeted at only $30M, Crowne was directed by Hanks but an overall dull look coupled with negative marks from critics trumped the star names. And a B CinemaScore grade does not indicate a great road ahead. Universal was quick to explain to the media that it only distributed the film and that Vendome Pictures fully financed the project.

    The teen girl dramedy Monte Carlo opened in fifth place to soft results grossing an estimated $7.6M. Fox's PG-13 film about a young woman pretending to be a princess while overseas averaged a mild $3,073 from 2,473 locations and played mostly to young females attracted to star Selena Gomez. Reviews were generally negative.

    Paramount's no-star summer hit Super 8 followed with an estimated $7.5M, down only 38%, upping the cume to $108M. Steven Spielberg has now produced or directed $100M+ grossers across five straight decades. Also making it into the century club, although in troubling fashion, was Green Lantern which collapsed again falling 65% to an estimated $6.3M giving Warner Bros. $102M in 17 days. The Hal Jordan flick looks to end the summer as the season's lowest-grossing super hero film and may even struggle to reach $120M.

    The Jim Carrey kidpic Mr. Popper's Penguins dropped 50% to an estimated $5.1M putting the Fox release at $50.1M. Holding up well again despite losing 642 screens was Bridesmaids which grossed an estimated $3.5M boosting the total to $152.9M. Rounding out the top ten was the indie hit Midnight in Paris with an estimated $3.4M, off just 18%, for a $33.6M cume for Sony Classics.

    New domestic totals for other summer films outside of the top ten include $248.1M for The Hangover Part II, $233.7M for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (which broke the $1 billion global mark on Saturday), $208.3M for Fast Five, $177.9M for Thor, $156.7M for Kung Fu Panda 2, and $138.6M for X-Men: First Class.

    The top ten films grossed an estimated $183M which was up 3% from last year when The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opened in the top spot with $64.8M; and up 20% from 2009 when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen remained at number one with $42.3M in its second frame.

    WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
    numbers for July 1-3, 2022:
    1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $97.4 million
    2. Cars 2 $25.1 million
    3. Bad Teacher $14.2 million
    4. Larry Crowne $13 million
    5. Monte Carlo $7.6 million
    6. Super 8 $7.5 million
    7. Green Lantern $6.27 million
    8. Mr. Popper's Penguins $5.1 million
    9. Bridesmaids $3.52 million
    10. Midnight in Paris $3.44 million
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    Re: 'Transformers 3' 7/1/2011

    Official weekend stats are in and it made more then projection estimates...
    Box Office: 'Transformers,' a U.S. hit, soars even higher abroad [Updated]

    July 4, 2011 | 9:52 am


    “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” demolished its enemies at the domestic box office this weekend, but the film really made a killing overseas.

    The 3-D movie, the third in a franchise about alien robots that transform into vehicles, opened in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday night and has since raked in $181.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. While that’s a very solid domestic start for the film, the movie’s six-day ticket sales still fell short of the second “Transformers” film, "Revenge of the Fallen.” That film, which did not have the benefit of 3-D ticket surcharges, collected $214 million in the same time frame in 2009. But international grosses for “Dark of the Moon” were far higher than they were for “Revenge of the Fallen.” The latest “Transformers” got off to an excellent start abroad this weekend, taking in $217 million from 58 markets –- 51% ahead of “Revenge of the Fallen’s” $129.6 million opening.


    The two other new films that opened over the holiday weekend, “Larry Crowne” and “Monte Carlo,” did not generate fireworks at the box office. "Larry Crowne," an adult comedy directed, co-written by and starring Tom Hanks along with Julia Roberts, grossed $15.6 million over the four-day weekend -- a relatively small opening for a film starring two A-list movie stars. "Monte Carlo," a teen romance starring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez, collected a similarly modest $8.8 million.

    Both films were beaten by last weekend's No. 1 film, the animated "Cars 2," which made an additional $32.1 million. But the sequel had a disappointing 60% drop in ticket sales, the biggest second-weekend decline for any animated film ever released by Pixar. "Bad Teacher," also in its second week of release, came in third at the box office this weekend. Audiences who saw the film last weekend assigned it an average grade of only C+, according to market research firm CinemaScore, but the movie was still able to grab another $17.6 million this weekend.

    "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," meanwhile, benefited from strong word of mouth. Despite receiving savage critical reviews, the movie was a crowd-pleaser: Those who saw the film -- 62% of whom were male -- loved it, giving it an average grade of A. While "Dark of the Moon" had grossed far less than "Revenge of the Fallen" on Wednesday, its Friday-through-Monday total only lagged 6% behind the second "Transformers" film. That indicates that the latest film could have stronger buzz than "Revenge of the Fallen," which received a B+ CinemaScore.

    "Revenge of the Fallen" ended up with $402.1 million in ticket sales at the end of its domestic run -- a number "Dark of the Moon" may be able to match. But the third film, which cost Paramount about $200 million to produce, will likely outgross the second overseas. The latest "Transformers" film is already well on its way to surpassing the $434 million international haul of "Revenge of the Fallen," due in part to 3-D ticket prices. Overseas, roughly 70% of ticket sales for "Dark of the Moon" came from 3-D screenings, compared with around 60% domestically.


    The film debuted in the No. 1 spot in 57 of the 58 foreign markets in which it opened this weekend. The movie performed best in South Korea, where it had the nation's biggest-ever opening for a film, $30 million. In Russia, where Paramount held the movie's world premiere in Moscow earlier this month, the film collected $22 million.


    "Larry Crowne," however, did not have nearly as great of a reach. The movie, about a middle-age man who decides to attend community college after he loses his job, appealed largely to older females: 64% of the audience was female, and 81% were over the age of 35. The film received an average grade of B.

    While the movie had only a soft opening, both Hanks and Roberts have seen worse: Their 2007 film "Charlie Wilson's War" only grossed $9.7 million over its first three days in release. Even though "Larry Crowne's" debut was disappointing for a film with such recognizable stars, the film will likely end up in decent shape because it was inexpensive to produce. The picture was financed by Vendôme Pictures for about $30 million, but is being released by Universal Pictures, which is paying for the film's marketing and collecting a distribution fee.

    "Monte Carlo," which stars tween singer-actress Gomez as a young woman who travels to Europe and is mistaken for royalty there, was better-received by its young audience, who gave it an average grade of A-. Like "Larry Crowne," the teen flick also had a small budget. The PG-rated film was produced by Fox 2000 Pictures -- a 20th Century Fox label -- and New Regency Pictures for about $20 million. Overseas, the movie opened in 11 markets, including Russia and Singapore, and grossed $1.3 million there. [Updated, 10:09 a.m.: In limited release, Summit Entertainment expanded Chris Weitz's immigration drama "A Better Life" from four to 11 theaters and collected a decent $124,000 over four days for a per-theater average of $11,272.

    Here are the top 10 movies in the U.S. and Canada, based on their four-day grosses. Percentage drops are based on three-day grosses. International grosses are through Sunday only.

    1. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (Paramount): Opened to $116.4 million. $217 million overseas in 58 foreign markets. Domestic total: $181.1 million.

    2. "Cars 2" (Disney/Pixar): $32.1 million on its second weekend, down 60%. $22.1 million overseas in 19 foreign markets. Domestic total: $123 million. International total: $82.2 million.

    3. "Bad Teacher" (Sony): $17.6 million on its second weekend, down 54%. $6.7 million overseas in 25 foreign markets. Domestic total: $63 million. International total: $28.6 million.

    4. "Larry Crowne" (Universal/Vendôme): Opened to $15.7 million.

    5. "Super 8" (Paramount): $9.5 million on its fourth weekend, down 35%. $3.6 million overseas in 30 foreign markets. Domestic total: $110.1 million. International total: $45 million.

    6. "Monte Carlo" (Fox/New Regency): Opened to $8.8 million. $1.3 million overseas in 11 foreign markets.

    7. "Green Lantern" (Warner Bros.): $8 million on its third weekend, down 64%. $1.7 million overseas in 16 foreign markets. Domestic total: $103.7 million. International total: $33.3 million.

    8. "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (Fox): $6.9 million on its third weekend, down 46%. $5.7 million overseas in 22 foreign markets. Domestic total: $51.9 million. International total: $11.1 million.

    9. "Bridesmaids" (Universal/Relativity): $4.4 million on its eighth weekend, down 32%. $7.2 million overseas in 11 foreign markets. Domestic total: $153.7 million. International total: $34.8 million.

    10. "Midnight in Paris" (Sony Pictures Classics): $4.3 million on its seventh weekend, down 15%. Domestic total: $34.5 million.]
    Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/ente...nsformers.html

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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon has broken IMAX records, generating $23.1 million since opening June 28th 2011.
    Imax Posts Record Global Bow for 'Transformers 3'

    4:06 PM 7/5/2011 by Etan Vlessing

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    The Michael Bay sequel has generated $23.1 million at the specialty theaters since bowing June 28.

    TORONTO – Paramount Pictures' Transformers 3 has posted a record opening in Imax theaters by generating $23.1 million globally since its launch on June 28.
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    'Transformers 3' Earns $32.5 Million in International Box Office on Opening Day


    'Transformers 3' Earns $37.3 Mil, Best Opening Day Gross of 2011

    Toronto-based Imax on Tuesday reported Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D, which bowed on 146 North American screens, has posted a domestic take of $14 million, or an $88,500 per screen average.

    STORY: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Dominates Overseas Box Office With $210 Million Bow
    Internationally, the Michael Bay picture grossed $9.1 million on 105 Imax screens through Monday, for a per-screen average of $87,000.

    The third edition in the Transformers franchise is set to run on around 148 Imax screens overseas.

    VIDEO: THR’s Summer Blockbuster Writers’ Roundtable
    Several key Imax markets, including China and Japan, are yet to open.

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D was written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.

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    Transformers producer Don Murphy on what his hopes are for the next film.
    What happens next? Certainly not a reboot. We haven't lost the Transformers. They didn't grow up or become expensive like Toby Maguire. I don't know what happens next. I'm pretty sure there will be a second trilogy. I am pretty sure it will kick ***. And I am pretty sure some of you will hate it because it wasn't all bots.
    Spielberg has interest to direct the next Transformers film, as he is the next Jurassic Park reboot. Remember back in 1993, Jurassic Park, and Schindler's List came out the same year. If you witness that two hour video discussion celebrating the greatest director on Earth, Steven Spielberg. He can do such a job since, the Lincoln project his last production film.

    PS: Transformers: Dark of the Moon made a whopping $13,437,461 on Tuesday (Daily Box Office for Thursday, July 7, 2011 - Box Office Mojo)

    Transformers 3 Box Office Approaches $200 Million

    July 06, 2011




    Transformers: Dark of the Moon gobbled up another $13 million in ticket sales on Tuesday to bring its North American box office total to $194 million. Barring a huge backfire, it should pass the $200 million mark sometime today.

    It took Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen a total of 6 days to reach the $200 million mark domestically at the box office. The original Transformers achieved it in 12 days. Not counting the Tuesday evening IMAX 3D sneak peek, Transformers: Dark of the Moon will land between its predecessors by taking 9 days.

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon continues to play strong overseas as well. Through Monday it had amassed $237.4 million in international ticket sales. Its worldwide ticket receipts now top $430 million and counting. Don't expect the film to reach the heights of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and be inducted in the $1 billion club. It should breeze past the $500 million worldwide mark in a few more days.


    Though Transformers: Dark of the Moon easily owns all the best opening numbers at the box office this year, Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is poised to potentially topple them all.


    It's worldwide gross is $454,058,293 in 9 days!


    ---------- Post added 07-07-2011 at 01:38 AM ----------

    Paramount have given Transformers 4 a go, Spielberg still linked to direct (after Lincoln)!
    Hint... 'Unicron' will have a role, and Cybertron did have two Moons.
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    Link to the Spielberg signed on to direct story?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    Link to the Spielberg signed on to direct story?

    Transformers 4: As A New Darker Trilogy

    Stop CBM Users Of "Reboot" talk...Now Is The Time To Talk About A Rumored Number 4...
    Transformers 4:MORE ROBOTS LESS HUMANS...
    The talk on Comic Book Movie.com is now what will "Transformers" will lead us into in the near future.Will it get rebooted or pick up where we left off.Steven Spielberg is in the running to direct and Jason Statham is rumored to lead the human cast.Well my take is that hopefully,no reboot.This series is not the kind of series to get rebooted.Sure Spider-Man 4 was never made because,of scheduling conflicts.But that's Sam Raimi's fault.Michael Bay has time(well not now probably,jesus,this 3rd one barely came out).But Michael Bay chooses not to do it.Steven Spielberg can direct at least 1 more film.Or more?

    Now If we can do this Transformers correctly the way it should be.Let's See.

    -Humans:Less humans will do just fine for this one.It's called "TRANSFORMERS" for crying out loud.Not "DUMB BLONDE STANDING THERE STUPID".But Rosie Huntington Whitley did a good job.

    -Robots:Now,here is the part where it is hard.Introducing robots that die and barely have much screen time.I Say,Bring Up Hot Rod,Ultra Magnus...My Favorites.

    -Decepticon Leader:ow Optimus Killed Shockwave,And Megatron.Now Is Time To Unleash The Leader Of The Decepticon Predators-SKYQUAKE.

    -Comedy:There is too much comedy said to be in the film.Well maybe a little comedy at least.5% Comedy 45%Action 50% Story.

    -Story:Could take place in the future like how Terminator Salvation was.Optimus Prime And The Autobots Were At Peace Until A Threat To Earth Is Made By The New Decepticon Leader,SKYQUAKE,as it seems that he has an army of new Decepticons all surrounded on planet Earth that were hiding here long ago. Now Optimus Prime and his new commanding officer Bumblebee and A Couple of new recruits are coming out of hiding for one final battle with the decepticons. "NEW GENERATIONS AVENGE OLD ONES"
    So What Do You Think?
    Source: Transformers 4: As A New Darker Trilogy

    Jason Statham Eyed for Lead in Transformers 4!

    Jason Statham Eyed for Transformers 4 lead

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon kicked off an early 4th of July weekend at the box office under a hail storm of bad reviews and shouts that it was making far less money than its predecessor Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. By the time the weekend was over, though, this news had been spun in a more positive direction with the Michael Bay directed sequel breaking various IMAX records. And quite a few red-blooded American audience members claiming an affinity for it despite what the hateful Bay-loathing critics had to say.

    Its now considered a mammoth hit, and various Hollywood insiders guarantee a fourth film is in the pipeline. Leading man, Shia LaBeouf, is not coming back, though, with Sam Witwicky's storyline wrapped. And Michael Bay has also said that this is the final chapter in his personal Transformers trilogy. So where does that leave those robots-in-disguise?

    Well, according to Tyrese Gibson, it's possible that executive producer Steven Spielberg will sign onto direct the next installment. And if we are to believe the rumblings this afternoon coming out of Hollywood, Jason Statham is being lined up as the franchise's next leading man.

    Insiders claim that Jason Statham will be able to take this saga into darker territory, and the fact that he is engaged to franchise newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a plus.

    "It's clear the franchise still has huge potential but with a new leading man capable of taking Transfomers 4 in a new, darker direction. Jason Statham could be just the man to do that and his relationship with Rosie would be an added bonus in marketing the movie."


    Is Jason Statham the right man for the job? Transfomers is first and foremost a kids' movie. How dark does it need to be, and do nine-year-olds really care about the off-screen relationship between Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? The ones who read People Magazine on the toilet probably do.

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released June 29th, 2011 and stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Julie White, Kevin Dunn, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Alan Tudyk, John Malkovich. The film is directed by Michael Bay.
    Source: Jason Statham Eyed for Lead in Transformers 4! - MovieWeb.com

    After the Dark of the Moon's ending, and Cybertron (Transformers home planet literally obliterated). I thought my God, it's really over. Then I remembered the cartoon series and the original animated film that expanded the Transformers Universe that Cybertron has two unnamed moons... It's only the beginning.

    PS:
    From Don Murphy's own fingerprints (producer of Transformers 1-3)
    What happens next? Certainly not a reboot. We haven't lost the Transformers. They didn't grow up or become expensive like Toby Maguire. I don't know what happens next. I'm pretty sure there will be a second trilogy. I am pretty sure it will kick ***. And I am pretty sure some of you will hate it because it wasn't all bots.
    Source: http://www.donmurphy.net/board/showthread.php?t=36267
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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon's' Powerful Visual Effects:
    5 Things to Know About How They Did It


    12:37 AM 7/8/2011 by Carolyn Giardina
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    The Driller was seven times more complicated than Optimus Prime, while stereo 3D added to the movie's complexity.

    In The Driller, the snake-like creature that attacks a Chicago highrise in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Industrial Light + Magic, the lead VFX house on the movie, has created one of the most complex effects it has ever overseen. To do so, ILM's Scott Farrar, the movie's VFX supervisor who also led the VFX teams on the earlier Transformers movies, had to overcome a number of challenges. As he explains to The Hollywood Reporter, not only were the movies’ effects ambitious, they also had to be designed for 3D. And then ILM also threw some “secret sauce” into the mix.

    1. The Driller consists of 70,051 parts.

    By contrast, Optimus Prime, the head Autobot, has just 10,108 parts. Due to the complexity of the Driller, and the fact that he lays waste to a skyscraper, only a few artists working with ILM's most powerful desktop machines were able to load the shots where the machine takes on the building. And they sometimes waited nearly an hour for the files to load.


    2. Massive computing power was needed so that the Driller could destroy the skyscraper:

    Rendering is the process of calculating the information in a CG file for final video output -- essentially by turning numbers into images. It took a staggering 288 hours per frame to render the Driller along with the photoreal CG building that includes all those reflections in its glass.

    3. Stereo 3D added to the complexity.

    At the time of the live-action shoot, choices were made about the interocular distance, which is the distance between the centers of the lenses of the two cameras. “We take the same information,” Farrar said. “We copy that exactly.” ILM rendered a left eye, then a right eye image. The VFX team viewed the shot in 3D, then refined and repeated as needed.

    4. For a last push on the final weekend of work, ILM’s entire render farm was used for Transformers 3.

    ILM calculates that that added up to more than 200,000 rendering hours per day -- or the equivalent of 22.8 years of render time in a 24-hour period.

    5. A final injection of “Secret Sauce” was used to improve the theatrical experience.

    Because some 3D movies look dark or soft when projected, Farrar said, “We did make sure things are as bright as possible; Michael (Bay) called up theater owners to make sure they keep the lamps bright in the theaters.” Plus, he added, “We also added a kind of secret sauce to make everything a little sharper, because we know that through the steps, no matter what, when you get to the final screening things tend to go less sharp.”



    Source: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon's' Powerful Visual Effects: 5 Things to Know About How They Did It - The Hollywood Reporter

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    look's like Bay is willing to do the 4th...

    Michael Bay to Return for the Fourth Transformers Installment?

    During a special screening of Transformers: Dark of the Moon in Miami, director Michael Bay hints a possibility of him to return for the possible fourth installment of the series. Hit the jump to check it out!
    The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime "Transformers" character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.



    Thanks to Screen Rant and the Twitter account DCU Movie Page for the heads-up, here is what the reports say:

    With Miami being a "second home" to Bay, he made sure that Paramount held a special screening there for the film in addition to the big premieres and I was able to partake in the fun thanks to WOMWorld/Nokia. Although it wasn’t a press-focused premiere like the Moscow and New York Transformers 3 events, this more intimate night out did have a red carpet setup for Michael Bay, star Tyrese Gibson and the Red Bull Air Force base jumpers. Yes, those intensely brave people who jumped out of the Trump Towers in downtown Chicago to make that momentous action sequence in the film possible, were there and they arrived in style.

    Before the film played, Michael Bay said a few words to the packed audience, reiterating what Miami means to him and his career and he touched on how this moment in time was 'bittersweet' for him, in that he’s happy to have accomplished what he did with the third Transformers film and the six years of his life he’s dedicated to the series but he’s sad that it’s his last. Of course, this was met with "boos" from the crowd who want more.

    And here is what Michael Bay himself had to say:

    "This is bittersweet because this is probably the last one for me... [crowd boos] Hey, hey, but, but, last night it opened in America and did somewhere like $50 million dollars. Now in movie speak, $50 million in one day, on a Wednesday, that’s freaking awesome so...

    Of course this is yet to be a confirmation and is merely a possible hint or even only to please fans. However, if this ever be true it surely contradicts with what Shia LaBeouf has claimed regarding himself and Michael Bay to not return for another entry in the franchise. But with Transformers: Dark of the Moon currently holds $486,639,993, it all can just be about money talk. Additionally, since a fourth movie is also rumored we can just wait to see what will happen next. Anyway, follow the link below to check out the full report, and also what do you think of this? Sound off your opinions on the usual spot!
    Michael Bay to Return for the Fourth Transformers Installment?

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    I saw this movie Tuesday night. It was pretty much what you expect of Transformers. I do agree that it was much better than the 2nd movie and I'm glad to be rid of Megan Fox. There was never believable chemistry between Shia and Megan. I am always blown away by the CG - the robots are realistic looking to me.... well ... maybe not the annoying little ones. My favorite part of the movie was Deep Wang. Ken Jeong was hilarious.

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    Number 1 a second weekend in the row...

    and made a record for the fastest film to gross over $500 million dollars.

    Box Office Mojo is reporting that Transformers: Dark of the Moon has added another notch to its record belt. The movie is now the fastest in history to pass the $500 million mark in worldwide box office sales by reaching that point in nine days (on Thursday). The previous record was held by Pirates of the Caribbean 3 & 4 which did it in ten days. The comparison isn't a hundred percent though as Pirates 4 didn't do a near same day worldwide release like Dark of the Moon. That two day international difference means a lot considering more than half of their revenue is outside the states.

    Transformers 3 ($214M) still is behind Transformers 2 ($241) stateside in sales but overseas it is cleaning up and expected to easily surpass ROTF' same day totals. Current expectations are the movie will pass $600 million on Saturday. From Box Office Mojo, "Adding to Dark of the Moon's impressiveness is that it's hitting these numbers before striking China (July 21) and Japan (July 29), two territories that, combined, contributed $90 million to Revenge of the Fallen and over $170 million to On Stranger Tides."

    Friday Report: 'Transformers' in Charge Again

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    As expected, the weekend's two new comedies couldn't slow down Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which easily retained the top spot on Friday. Despite settling for second, Horrible Bosses got off to a competent start, but the same couldn't be said for Zookeeper, which floundered in its debut.

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon fell 55 percent to an estimated $14.9 million. That was a slightly steeper decline than either of the previous Transformers movies had at the same point. Director Michael Bay's three-quel has earned $228.9 million, ranking as the ninth highest-grossing ten-day start ever, and the movie has a solid chance of passing The Hangover Part II on Sunday to become the top-grossing movie of 2011.

    Horrible Bosses clocked in with a strong $9.9 million, which was right in the middle of Bad Teacher ($12.2 million) and Bridesmaids ($7.8 million) among Summer 2011's original R-rated comedies. It should finish the weekend with at least $26 million, and could go as high as $30 million.

    Zookeeper ended up in third place on Friday with an estimated $7.4 million start. That's notably down from star Kevin James's Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which scored $9.8 million on its opening day. In fact, this was the worst debut for a Kevin James movie aside from January's The Dilemma. Still, Zookeeper was a bit better than last month's Mr. Popper's Penguins, which has so far made just under $56 million. Based on past similar movies, Zookeeper should end up with just over $20 million for the weekend.

    After crashing last weekend, Cars 2 stabilized a bit on Friday. The Pixar sequel dropped 39 percent to $4.8 million for a 15-day total of $138.5 million. For the first time, though, the sequel's gross lagged behind predecessor Cars, which had earned $139.8 million through the same point.

    Despite the somewhat similar R-rated humor, Bad Teacher appeared unaffected by Horrible Bosses. The movie eased 34 percent to $3 million for a total of $72.7 million and should finish its third weekend just shy of the $80 million mark.

    Last weekend's other openers, Larry Crowne and Monte Carlo, each tumbled 52 percent. Larry Crowne earned $1.96 million for a weak eight-day total of $22.2 million, while Monte Carlo added $1.5 million for an eight-day total of $13.8 million.
    Source: http://boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3204&p=.htm

    'Transformers' Blowing Up Worldwide Records

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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon tore past the $500 million worldwide mark yesterday, which was its ninth day in theaters. That broke the ten-day record held by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Those movies went on to earn $963.4 million and $1.014 billion (and counting), respectively, which looks like a good target range for Dark of the Moon.

    Dark of the Moon and On Stranger Tides, though, don't precisely match up as an apples-to-apples comparison. When On Stranger Tides hit $500 million, it had only been playing domestically for eight days. Dark of the Moon, on the other hand, hit domestic and foreign theaters on the same day (June 29), so it had two more days of domestic play than On Stranger Tides. On Stranger Tides, though, had the advantage of simultaneously opening in all of its foreign markets, while Dark of the Moon has yet to invade China and Japan.

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon
    has so far earned $214 million domestically, which lagged behind predecessor Revenge of the Fallen by $27 million. Most of that, though, can be attributed to Revenge of the Fallen's incredibly front-loaded opening. Beyond the first two days, Revenge of the Fallen has only out-grossed Dark of the Moon by $10 million.

    It's a much different story overseas. Dark of the Moon has already earned a massive $297.1 million and is on pace to pass Revenge of the Fallen's $434.2 million final tally no later than Thursday. As far as individual territories go, Dark of the Moon eclipsed its predecessor in Russia ($30.1 million), Germany ($20.1 million) and Brazil ($9.6 million), among other small markets, and will move ahead in South Korea, Mexico and Taiwan this weekend.

    Based on its current pace, Transformers: Dark of the Moon will rocket past $600 million worldwide on Saturday, its 11th day in theaters. That will top the previous speed-to-$600 million record of 12 days held by the last two Pirates movies. Reaching that level will make Dark of the Moon the second-highest grossing movie of 2011 ahead of Fast Five ($601.5 million) and behind On Stranger Tides. Adding to Dark of the Moon's impressiveness is that it's hitting these numbers before striking China (July 21) and Japan (July 29), two territories that, combined, contributed $90 million to Revenge of the Fallen and over $170 million to On Stranger Tides.

    While it's a bit premature to definitively call it, Dark of the Moon appears to be on pace to ultimately close with over $1 billion worldwide. The biggest obstacle arrives next weekend: if Transformers avoids getting completely steamrolled by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, then it should become the ninth $1 billion movie in history.
    Source: http://boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3203&p=.htm

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    Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon remained a goliath in its second weekend to become the top pic of 2011 domestically

    Dark of the Moon has now earned $261 million at the domestic box office, supplanting Warners’ The Hangover Part II ($149.6 million) as the year’s biggest earner.

    Overseas, Michael Bay’s 3D tentpole grossed $93 million over the weekend for a massive international cume of $384 million and worldwide total of $645 million—the No. 2 pic of the year behind Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which has now grossed $1.02 billion, the seventh best showing of all time.


    Box Office Report: 'Horrible Bosses' Opens to Strong $28.1 Mil As 'Transformers' Becomes Year's No. 1 Movie - The Hollywood Reporter
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    Re: 'Transformers 3' 7/1/2011

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon blows onto DVD/Blu-Ray this November 15. A three disc set of Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy, along with a collector's edition with a transformable faction head containing the disc. The film will be available in 3D too.

    cover art for Spanish markets as been leaked...


    Source: Transformers DOTM DVD / Blu-ray Coming to PAL Regions in November

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