'Transformers' hauls in $27.45 mil Tuesday

Biggest Tuesday gross in history

On its first full day of national release, Michael Bay's "Transformers" steamrolled into theaters Tuesday. Playing in 4,011 locations, the Dreamworks/Paramount Pictures coproduction grossed an estimated $27.45 million, according to the studio.

Having also picked up an estimated $8.8 million on Monday, when it played a partial day at theaters that began screening the film at 8.p., "Transformers" had amassed an estimated cumulative gross of $36.25 million as it headed into the July 4 playdate, when it will have to compete with family gatherings and fireworks displays.

The movie's Tuesday haul ranked as the top-grossing Tuesday of all time, surpassing the previous record holder, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which pulled in $15.7 million on July 11, 2006, that movie's fifth day of release following a traditional Friday opening.

Among all-time opening-day grosses, "Transformer's" Tuesday number ranked twentieth – the current record holder is "Spider-Man 3," which bowed to $59.8 million on May 4 of this year. However, the opening day figures make for apples vs. oranges comparisons, since "Transformers" chose a relatively rare Tuesday to make its stand, while most of the record-setters chose the more traditional Friday-opening route.