Transformers: Age of Extinction Is Rubbish, But Just How Much Money Can It Make?

Subscribe to Mark Wahlberg alerts

It’s been a mixed week for Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg and Transformers: Age of Extinction. First off, weak reviews emanated from the press, threatening to derail the bandwagon that had, until then, been moving pretty steadily.

Transformers: Age of ExtinctionTransformers: Age of Extinction has been a flop with the critics, but the money is rolling in

Of course, studios will happily ignore reviews if the box if good, and Age of Extinction seems to be making up for that poor critical reception with cold, hard, countable cash - $312,642,664 of it to be exact. 

Of that $300m, $100m came on opening day. And there’s more to come: The Transformers will arrive in the U.K this Friday, while lucrative markets in brazil, Mexico and Japan are yet to be tapped. It’s safe to say that, despite a critical mauling of sorts, T:AoE will hit the $600m with ease, placing it firmly within the ‘successful’ landing target. 

More: With 18%, 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Looks Another Dud for Michael Bay

About those reviews, though; Age of Extinction didn’t just get ‘mixed reviews’, it didn’t polarize opinion of split the critics – it’s a stinker. “There's no good reason to justify how a film that's essentially about robots bashing other robots can be stretched out to such gargantuan lengths, especially with a plot as hole-ridden and lightweight as this,” wrote Rob Carnevale of The List.

“Bay has said that this film will kick off a second trilogy of Transformers movies - and I think he's serious. That means there will be (at least) two more of these things. God help us all,” said Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly.

And finally, Tom Shone writes in his 1-star review for The Guardian: Rather touchingly, a hotel chain has complained about its portrayal in the movie, not understanding that to be turned to rubble in a Michael Bay film is the surest sign that you have arrived, geo-politically, cinematically, existentially.So is the baton passed. Let the Chinese now fret the stage. Tis’ their turn to withstand the sound and fury of Michael Bay. 


Tags: Mark Wahlberg - Michael Bay

Subscribe to Mark Wahlberg alerts

More Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg Wants A One-On-One Meeting With Assault Victim

Mark Wahlberg's criminal past resurfaced last week after he filed for a petition on November 28th to seek a pardon for a felony assault charge...

Mark Wahlberg Opens Up About Pardon Request On 1988 Felony Assault Charge

Since news broke that Mark Wahlberg filed for a petition on November 28th to seek a pardon for a felony assault charge stemming from 1988,...

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Wants to Win Oscar for Best Picture

It currently boasts just 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and is ranked the worst film in one of the most critically derided franchises of all time,...

Mark Wahlberg Reportedly Requested Pardon On 1988 Assault Charge To Become A Police Officer

Late last week it was reported that Mark Wahlberg filed for a petition on November 28th to seek a pardon for a felony assault charge...


Mark Wahlberg Requests Pardon From 1988 Assault Charge Committed As A Teen

Former bad boy Mark Wahlberg was known to have several run-ins with the law during his youth, but there is something in his past he...

Mark Wahlberg Talks Losing 60 Pounds For 'The Gambler' Role

As well as being known as a Hollywood star, and for his brief rap career, Mark Wahlberg has always boasted a muscular physique, but the...

Can Mark Wahlberg Finally Reach Oscar Glory In The Gambler?

Despite the fact that Mark Wahlberg reportedly lost a staggering 60 pounds for his role in the new film, The Gambler, he could gain a...

The Gambler Trailer

Jim Bennett is an English professor at a college and he's also always been one for taking risks. By day he is the sensible, bookish...



Mark Wahlberg Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Mark Wahlberg

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All