Transformers Transforms Record Books
Although analysts had expected that it would perform strongly, Paramount/DreamWorks' Transformers surpassed even the most sanguine predictions, taking in an estimated $67.6 million over the weekend and $152.5 million since it opened with a single, "preview" screening last Monday. The seven-day total represented a record for a nonsequel, surpassing the original Spider-Man, which earned $151.6 million in 2002. (Spider-Man registered more admissions, however -- 26.1 million versus 22.5 million for Transformers.) Overseas, the film's take was equally impressive as it earned $246.1 million in 29 countries. In second place, Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille also packed 'em in, earning $29 million in its second weekend to bring its total to $109.5 million. Fox's Live Free or Die Hard also remained very much alive as it placed third with about $17.4 million, raising its total to $84.1 million. Also racking up healthy ticket sales, The Weinstein Co.'s Sicko earned $3.6 million on just 702 screens, bringing its total to $11.5 million. Noting that the film declined only 18 percent from the previous week, Harvey Weinstein told USA Today, "We said we were going to do steady as she goes, and I think we are going to get there, with room to spare."
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Media by Numbers:
1. Transformers, $67.6 million; 2. Ratatouille, $29 million; 3. Live Free or Die Hard, $17.4 million; 4. License to Wed, $10.4 million; 5. Evan Almighty, $8.1 million; 6. 1408, $7.1 million; 7. Knocked Up, $5.2 million; 8. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, $4.15 million; 9. Sicko, $3.65 million; 10. Ocean's Thirteen, $3.5 million.