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$8.8M Thursday Night Sets “Transformers” Up For Weekend Grab Of Close To $100 Million

$8.8M Thursday Night Sets "Transformers" Up For Weekend Grab Of Close To $100 Million

I will admit to being rather perplexed by “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.  It has all the street cred of a big summer tentpole…Michael Bay, a bankable star in Mark Wahlberg, robots, noise, great special effects and a built in audience.  Yet it appears that the film won’t crack the $100 barrier as the its’ Thursday night shows totaled $8.8 million, which is still a hefty number but only ranks 3rd for the year behind “Captain America: Winter Solider” and “Godzilla”.  Both of those films topped out at $95 million and “Transformers” looks to fall in that range as well, extinguishing industry hopes for (finally) a $100 million opening.  

Elsewhere, “22 Jump Street” continues to enjoy strong midweeks so look for a drop in the 40’s fueling a battle between themselves, Sony’s other title in the marketplace, “Think Like A Man Too”, and “How To Train Your Dragon 2”.   Here’s the projected Top 10 for the weekend…

PROJECTED TOP 10
1)   TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION—PARAMOUNT—$96 MILLION
2)   22 JUMP STREET—SONY—$15.3 MILLION—44% DROP
3)   HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2—FOX/DREAMWORKS—$14.5 MILLION—41% DROP
4)   THINK LIKE A MAN TOO—SONY/SCREEN GEMS—$13.7 MILLION—DROP 53% 
5)   MALEFICENT—DISNEY—$9.1 MILLION—30% DROP
6)   JERSEY BOYS—WARNER BROTHERS—$8.7 MILLION—34% DROP
7)   EDGE OF TOMORROW—WARNER BROTHERS—$5.2 MILLION—47% DROP
8)   THE FAULT IN OUR STARS—FOX—$5.1 MILLION—39% DROP
9)   X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST—FOX—$3.2 MILLION—47% DROP
10) CHEF—OPEN ROAD—$1.2 MILLION—28% DROP

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