'Transformers' grabs $28.6 mil on Day 2
Two-day total for sequel stands at $89.3 million"Transformers: Rise of the Fallen" continued to steamroll across the boxoffice landscape Thursday, picking up an estimated $28.6 million in its second day of release at the North American boxoffice.
That puts the two-day total for the Paramount release, which is playing in 4,234 theaters, at $89.3 million.
Entering the weekend, "Transformers" is now well-positioned to surpass the 6 1/2-day total for the debut of the first "Transformers," which opened on a Monday evening in 2007, played through the Fourth of July holiday, and racked up a domestic gross of $155.4 million by the end of its first Sunday.
The sequel looks likely to top that number in just its first five days.
The new "Transformers also has several other boxoffice records in its cross-hairs as it powers by $150 million, moving into $160 million, $170 million or even $180 million territory.
The current five-day record for a movie that opened on a Wednesday is 2004's "Spider-Man 2," which took in $152.4 million.
Current five-day record holders are last year's "The Dark Knight" with $203.7 million; 2005's "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" with $172.8 million; and both 2006's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and 2007's "Spider-Man 3" with $169.5 million each.