'Transformers' on track to reach $200 million
Three-day cume totals $126 million'Transformers' scores $60.6 mil on Day 1
'Transformers' grabs $28.6 mil on Day 2
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen -- Film Review
Something has transformed "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" into a boxoffice monster.
Michael Bay's action sequel -- co-produced by DreamWorks and Hasbro, and distributed by Paramount -- rung up an estimated $36.7 million on Friday. That shaped a three-day cume of $126 million to give the Shia LaBeouf-Megan Fox starrer more than a shot at mounting a $200 million-plus debut through Sunday.
That would represent an opening-frame tally $25 million or more higher than most industryites had projected for its first five days. An effects-laden pic of epic length at 2 1/2 hours, "Fallen" has shrugged off critical brickbats to gain momentum since opening midweek.
"Fallen" toted an $89.3 million cume into Friday, based on Wednesday and Thursday grosses. Its $60.6 million first-day tally included an impressive $16 million in Tuesday-midnight coin.
"Transformers" easily should surpass in just five days the 6 1/2-day first-frame haul of the original "Transformers," which opened on a Monday evening in 2007 and played through the Fourth of July holiday to register $155.4 million through its first Sunday.
Also set to fall: the five-day record for films bowing on a Wednesday, held by 2004's $152.4 million-grosser "Spider-Man 2."
Last summer's Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" sits atop all five-day openers with $203.8 million, based on a Friday-Tuesday span.
This session's other wide opener -- Warner Bros.' Cameron Diaz-toplined family drama "My Sister's Keeper" -- posted a first-day tally of $5 million on Friday. That was good for fourth place on the day.
Disney's romantic comedy "The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, was the second-highest Friday grosser with $6 million to shape an eight-day cume of $56.6 million. Warners' leggy comedy "The Hangover" was third with $5.3 million and a $171.3 million cume.