Michael Bay has done it again. Transformers: Age Of Extinction has now officially crossed $1B, with a worldwide cume of $1.005B. That includes $241.2M domestic and $763.8M international. This is the second film in the Transformers franchise to cross the billion dollar mark, following Dark Of The Moon in 2011. TAOE, which released in late June, is the first film of 2014 to hit the milestone.
It added $19.1M at 5,853 locations overseas in its sixth frame this weekend to push it over the top. Last month, the movie had already become the highest-grossing film ever in China with over $300M. It ended its run there last week with an official $301M. TAOE has yet to bow in Spain and Japan (Aug. 8) and Venezuela (Aug. 22), meaning its global run is far from over. This weekend’s notable holdovers included Germany, where it now has a cume of $30.5M, making it the top movie of 2014; France, where the cume is now $19.6M; and Brazil, with a cume of $25.3M to date.
Ahead of today’s news, Paramount Pictures had already extended its first-look deal with tentpole director-producer Bay and his Platinum Dunes. The studio has reason to like being in the Bay business. His films have made more than $6B worldwide, and his Transformers series now includes two $1B+ grossers. The first movie in 2007 earned more than $700M worldwide, and the sequel, Revenge Of The Fallen, grossed more than $830M in 2009.
“Time and again, Michael has delivered pictures that audiences around the globe truly love,” said Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey. “Along with the immensely talented and versatile Mark Wahlberg, the great Steven Spielberg as executive producer, and a superb cast, he created a powerful re-launch of this franchise. This tremendous accomplishment – to be the first film of 2014 to earn over $1 billon at the box office – proves once again that Michael is a world-class filmmaker at the top of his game. We are proud to have expanded our relationship with him and that he will continue to make Paramount his home for years to come.”