'Transformers: Age of Extinction' looking to give box office a jolt with over $100 million

By Daniel Levine,

Let’s face it, after last weekend, Hollywood could use a Transformers movie and the industry is getting one. Transformers: Age of Extinction rolling into theaters Thursday night and is the only big release of the weekend.

Paramount’s Age of Extinction replaces Shia LaBeouf with Mark Wahlberg, but don’t expect it to be anything other than your standard Michael Bay movie. The film only has a 16 percent fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with many noting that it’s as big and loud as the last three. On top of that, the movie runs an astonishing 167 minutes, so this is going to take a lot of slots away from other movies at your local cinema.

The film cost $200 million to produce and should at least make a hair over $100 million this weekend, predicts Entertainment Weekly. It will also open in 37 foreign markets, including Russia and China.

Bay’s first three Transformers films grossed a combined $2.7 billion. According to Variety, the previous film, 2011’s Dark of the Moon, reeled in $97.8 million in its first weekend.

The rest of the Top 5 will be holdovers left in the dust. 22 Jump Street should be able to hold on to the No. 2 spot with around $15 million. The film has already made $138.4 million, so a 23 Jump Street might be in order.

Think Like A Man Too, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Jersey Boys are expected to hang around another week.

image courtesy of INFphoto.com

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