Global Box Office: 'Transformers 4' Becomes First Film of 2014 to Near $1 Billion
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" has now earned more than the first two films in Paramount's toy-to-film franchise; "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" begins to roll out in earnest now that the World Cup is over.
Beginning its post-World Cup assault, sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes narrowly beat Transformers: Age of Extinction to win the global weekend race with $97 million for an early global cume of $242 million.
Age of Extinction still had plenty to brag about in its fourth weekend, becoming the first film of 2014 to cross the $800 million mark globally. The Paramount title is now all but assured of becoming a billion-dollar baby by the end of its run.
Over the weekend, the Paramount tentpole took in $91.2 million globally, pushing its total to $886.3 million, according to Rentrak. That's more than the first Transformers ($709 million) and sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($836 million). Threequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon earned $1.12 billion in summer 2011.
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Age of Extinction opened to huge numbers in soccer-crazed markets where moviegoers were previously distracted by the now-completed World Cup, including Brazil, where it took in $16.5 million. And in Germany — winner of the soccer championship — the movie launched to $11.2 million, the biggest start of the year so far.
China continues to be the film's biggest market, ponying up a massive $285.7 million to date and making Age of Extinction the No. 1 film of all time. However, two new Chinese movies, Tiny Times 3.0 and The House That Never Dies, beat it over the weekend, grossing $30 million and $21 million, respectively, compared to $9.6 million for Age of Extinction.
Elsewhere, Lionsgate opened dance film Step Up All In in a handful of foreign markets a week ahead of its U.S. debut, including Russia ($3.1 million) and France ($2.1 million).
Below are the top 10 films at the global box office for the weekend of July 18-20, according to Rentrak.
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Fox, 51 territories, week 2)
Global weekend: $97 million (total: $242 million)
International: $61 million ($103 million)
Domestic: $36 million ($139 million)
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount, 59 territories, week 4)
Global weekend: $91.2 million (total: $886.3 million)
International: $81.2 million ($659.1 million)
Domestic: $10 million ($227.2 million)
3. Tiny Times 3.0 (Le Vision Pictures, 1 territory, week 1)
Global weekend: $30 million (total: $48 million)
International: $30 million ($48 million)
4. The Purge: Anarchy (Universal, 15 territories, week 1)
Global weekend: $28.8 million
Domestic: $28.4 million
5. Planes: Fire & Rescue (Disney, 25 territories, week 1)
Global weekend: $27 million
International: 9 million
Domestic: $18 million
6. The House That Never Dies (Multiple, 1 territory, week 1)
Global weekend: $21 million
International: $21 million
7. Sex Tape (Sony, 10 territories, week 1)
Global weekend: $18 million
International: $3 million
Domestic: $15 million
8. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox/DreamWorks Animation, 56 territories, week 6)
Global weekend: $17.8 million (total: $386.2 million)
International: $14 million ($225.5 million)
Domestic: $3.8 million ($160.7 million)
9. Step Up All In (Lionsgate, 27 territories, week 2)
Global weekend: $10.3 million (total: $11.8 million)
International: $10.3 million ($11.8 million)
10. 22 Jump Street (Sony, 43 territories, week 6)
Global weekend: $7.9 million (total: $268.8 million)
International: $3.2 million ($88.3 million)
Domestic: $4.7 million ($180.5 million)