Paramount’s holdover ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ easily holds on to first place at the box office over a slow Fourth of July weekend, topping the Wednesday-Sunday holiday stretch with $53.8 million for a domestic total of $174.7 million.
Paramount’s holdover Transformers: Age of Extinction easily held on to first place at the box office over a slow Fourth of July weekend, topping the Wednesday-Sunday holiday stretch with $53.8 million for a domestic total of $174.7 million. Overseas, Age of Extinction remained a juggernaut, earning $95.8 million from 37 territories and crossing the $400 million mark in just 12 days for a worldwide total of $575.6 million.
In China, Age of Extinction added $50.9 million this weekend for a total of $212.8 million, over $35 million more than it has made in the U.S. The film is on track to pass Avatar ($217.7 million) to become the highest-grossing movie ever in China.
In North America, the pack of new films opening over the patriotic holiday all did less than expected after launching on Wednesday, with revenue for the holiday frame the lowest since 1999.
Melissa McCarthy's new R-rated comedy Tammy came in second place, posting a Wednesday-Sunday debut of $32.9 million, including $21.2 million for the weekend. Marking the feature directorial debut of McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone, Tammy cost New Line and Warner Bros. $20 million to make.
Supernatural horror film Deliver Us From Evil, directed by Scott Derrickson, opened to roughly $15 million for the five days. For the weekend it took in $9.5 million, narrowly beating fellow Sony title 22 Jump Street for the number three spot. 22 Jump Street, now in its fourth week at the box office, made $9.4 million for a domestic total of $158.9 million.
DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 came in fifth place, earning $8.8 million over its fourth weekend at the box office for a domestic total of $140 million. Overseas, the animated sequel added $33.5 million for an international total of $152.6 million and a worldwide total of $292.6 million.
Relativity’s Earth to Echo posted a five-day debut of $13.5 million. For the weekend itself, the family film came in sixth place with $8.2 million. Disney made the found-footage film about a tiny alien robot but put it into turnaround last summer. Relativity paid $13 million to acquire the movie and do reshoots.
Disney’s Maleficent -- now in its sixth week out -- brought in $6.1 million for a total of $213.9 million and a seventh place finish at the domestic box office. Overseas Maleficent earned $17.3 million, taking the top spot away from fellow Disney feature Frozen in Japan and bringing its international total to $416.3 million.
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys came in eighth place, taking in $5.2 million over its third weekend at the box office for a total of $ 36.7 million.
Sony’s ensemble comedy Think Like a Man Too, starring Kevin Hart, came in ninth, making $4.9 million for a total of $57.2 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Tom Cruise's sci-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow made $3.6 million over its fourth weekend at the box office for a domestic total of $90.9 million. To date, the $178 million feature from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow has made $248.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $339.5 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.