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'Transformers' climbs to $97.5M, aims for records

'Transformers' climbs to $97.5M, aims for records

July 3rd, 2011 in News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The latest "Transformers" sequel might set some revenue records over Fourth of July weekend.

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" has $97.5 million in the bank at the domestic box office since opening Tuesday night. Distributor Paramount estimated Saturday that the movie could top the holiday weekend records held by "Spider-Man 2" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

"Spider-Man 2" holds the three-day record for the Fourth of July with $88.2 million from Friday to Sunday. Paramount says "Dark of the Moon" should come in about $10 million above that.

The studio also says "Dark of the Moon" could finish slightly ahead of the five-day record $157.6 million that "Eclipse" took in from Wednesday to Sunday over the holiday weekend last summer.

But today's admission prices are much higher than they were for 2004's "Spider-Man 2," while 60 percent of business for "Dark of the Moon" came from 3-D tickets, which cost a few dollars more than regular 2-D screenings.

Neither "Spider-Man 2" nor "Eclipse" had that 3-D price advantage, meaning both movies likely sold more tickets over opening weekend than "Dark of the Moon" will.

Still, the sequel has joined the previous two "Transformers" movies as global blockbusters. Paramount estimates that "Dark of the Moon" will have taken in $200 million overseas in 111 countries through Sunday.

The studio says that by the end of the holiday weekend Monday, combined domestic and international grosses for "Dark of the Moon" will be about $400 million.

The new movie still trails the domestic haul of the last "Transformers," though. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" pulled in $127.9 million in its first three days, Wednesday to Friday, in 2009. That's about $30 million more than "Dark of the Moon."