"Transformers: Age of Extinction" dominated both the domestic and worldwide box offices this weekend, proving the Robots in Disguise still have a lot of life in them.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the fourth film in the Michael Bay-directed trilogy brought in an estimated $100 million in North America, the biggest opening weekend for a 2014 film thus far. For comparison, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" made $95 million in its opening weekend, while "Godzilla" made $93 million.
In terms of the other films in the franchise, "Age of Extinction" comes in second for domestic openings behind "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which grossed $108 million in its first weekend back in 2009.
Overseas the film brought in an estimated $201.3 million, bringing its worldwide total to an estimated $301.3 million. In China, the film made an estimated $90 million this weekend, the top opening of all time for that country.
Looking at the domestic box office for the weekend, "22 Jump Street" came in at No. 2 with an estimated $15.4 million, while "How to Train Your Dragon 2" made an estimated $13.1 million. "Think Like A Man Too" added an estimated $10.4 million to its total, while "Maleficent" brought in an estimated $8.2 million to round out the top five.
The Korean film "Snowpiercer," based on the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, opened in eight locations domestically and grossed $162,127. The film will expand to additional theaters later this week.
Days of Future Past Moves Past $700 Million Globally
In other box office news, several films passed significant milestones this week. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" crossed the $700 million mark globally earlier this week, bringing its global total to $701.3 million. While the film still sits in the No. 3 position on the worldwide box office chart for 2014, no doubt it'll pass the global take of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" very soon.
Update: Sooner than later, it seems. As noted on an update to Box Office Mojo's numbers, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has now made $712.7 million at the global box office -- making it the highest grossing film of the year so far worldwide.
And domestically, two films passed the $200 million mark. That $8.2 million that "Maleficent" made was enough to push its domestic total to $201.8 million, while "Amazing Spider-Man 2," almost two months after its release, earned another $320,000 -- enough to push it to $200 million.
Finally, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" may not be able to boast the top opening weekend of 2014 anymore, but the film did manage to bypass "The LEGO Movie" this weekend to become the No. 1 film of 2014 in North America. "The Winter Soldier" has made $257 million domestically and $711 million globally -- where it also sits at the top of the pack for 2014 thus far.