30 Jun – Despite lackluster movie reviews and lukewarm reception from moviegoers, Michael Bay's latest, "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" has proven to be 'more than meets the eye', having made its way as Malaysia, Singapore and China's biggest box office opening weekend of all-time.
In Malaysia, the fourth "Transformers" movie had beat out previous record holders; "Iron Man 3" (USD4.72 mil), "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (USD4.57 mil), "Fast And The Furious 6" (USD4.41 mil), "Thor: The Dark World" (USD3.63 mil), "Marvel's The Avengers" (USD3.30 mil) including all three of the previous "Transformers" films as recorded by BoxOfficeMojo.
The movie's local distributor, United International Pictures issued a statement today with a message from Managing Director Nicholas Yong:
"Malaysians have always been huge fans of this franchise and we have seen astounding results even from the first film. The fan base here is very strong and gone from strength to strength. By now putting Mark Wahlberg as our new lead, the introduction of new dinobots and robots plus the Asian setting only serve to push this film even further, bigger and better."
In Singapore, the movie also had the biggest opening weekend of all-time, having collected SGD5.2 mil over four days since it's opening on 26 June 2014.
As reported by FilmBiz.Asia, in China, the movie also broke records by having the biggest opening day gross of all-time.
Released only in 3D and IMAX 3D version in China, the film made USD26.7 million, breaking the record set this year by "The Monkey King" which collected USD16.9 million in the country.
Over the weekend, "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" had collected a whopping USD90 million in China, for which some reports state that it may now also hold the record for the biggest weekend opening of all-time.
Over its opening weekend in North America, the movie had collected USD100 million, making it the biggest opening of the year surpassing "Captain America: The Winter Soldier's" USD95 million opening weekend.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" opened in Malaysia and Singapore on 26 June and is currently showing in cinemas nationwide in 2D, 3D, Dolby Atmos and IMAX 3D.