Box Office Milestone: 'Transformers 4' First Film to Cross $300M in China
Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the first movie ever to cross the $300 million mark in China, underscoring the growing might of what is now the world's second-largest box office.
Through Sunday, Paramount puts the movie's official Chinese tally at $301 million and the global haul at $966.4 million, meaning Age of Extinction is only a day away from becoming the first title of 2014 to hit $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales and ultimately match the $1.12 billion earned by the last entry, Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
China is an integral part of the success of Age of Extinction. Avatar previously ruled as the top-grossing film of all time in that market with nearly $230 million.
In North America, Age of Extinction placed No. 7 over the weekend with $4.6 million in its fifth outing for a cume of $236.4 million, far less than the previous three installments in the action franchise and underscoring the general downturn at the domestic box office this summer.
Age of Extinction's international weekend haul was $37.5 million for a foreign total of $730 million.
Age of Extinction didn't open in many key European and Latin American markets until after the World Cup ended. It's earned a stellar $30.1 million in Mexico in its first three weekends, and $22.2 million in its first two weekends in Brazil.
In Germany — victor of the World Cup — Age of Extinction has earned $24.1 million in its first two weekends, $15.9 million in France and $9.2 million in Italy.