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Box Office: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Ups Domestic Take to $64.7 Million

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UPDATED: The 3D tentpole has grossed $66 million overseas and is on track to score a $325 million-$350 million worldwide bow.

Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed roughly $21.5 million at the domestic box office on Thursday, upping its total take to an impressive $64.7 million in its first 48 hours.

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Dark of the Moon is on track to gross $165 million through July 4th, by far the biggest debut of the year at the domestic box office. Worldwide, the 3D tentpole is looking at a worldwide opening of $325 million to $350 million. So far, the pic has grossed $66 million overseas for a total $130.7 million.

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It isn’t as big as the launch of sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which debuted to $200 million in its first six days, but it’s still a monster number and ahead of the $155.4 million earned by the original Transformers.

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In North America, Dark of the Moon is earning the majority of its gross—or 60 percent --from 3D theaters, including 146 Imax locations, which have ponied up a strong $5 million. That’s welcome news for Hollywood, considering the recent downturn in 3D attendance, and comes after Paramount aggressively marketed the 3D element.

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On Thursday, Dark of the Moon was down 43 percent from Wednesday, a narrower decline that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen saw, although that film had a bigger Wednesday.