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'Transformers 4' is not extinct at the box office

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UPDATE: The biggest Friday opening so far this year helped boost the prospects for "Transformers 4" at the box office. It made an estimated $41.6 million on Friday (that does include Thursday's numbers).

With no real new competition this weekend, "Transformers 4: Age of Distinction" will take over, but by how much remains to be seen. The last couple weeks comedy ruled, but now it is time for action to get back on top.

"Transformers 4" did not show signs of extinction as people showed up Thursday and for the midnight showings. They already pushed the box office to $8.8 million. It is also in 4,233 theaters and that certainly will help push it in the $90 million range for the weekend.

It will be interesting to see how much the comedies drop this weekend, especially last week's winner, "Think Like a Man 2." A drop is also expected, but comedy was on a roll. It should stay solid since "Transformers 4" is, again, the only new wide release. The others can fight it out for second and beyond.

It will also be a loud weekend for fans of this series. It is laced with all the gadgets and effects one would expect, even if one would rather have more story. "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci. Oh, and also Optimus Prime and the Autobots. The battle is between good and evil and what will be the direction of history as the world moves forward.

Make no mistake about it, a fan may get wrapped up in this, but for those who are not fans, head's up - it is long at 2 hours and 45 minutes.

For another sci fi adventure of sorts comes "Snowpiercer." It has a climate story line, where an experiment goes wrong, and the intrigue begins. This film boast a stellar cast which includes Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer. Movie-goers enter a train of suspense here.

The per screen average films to follow are "Begin Again" and the politically-tinged "America." "Begin Again" is a drama mixed with comedy and has music as well. Keira Knightley and her Adam Levine are an item and also songwriting partners in the film. Fame gets in the way and the relationship goes with it.

It is from writer-director John Carney, who also did the same with "Once." The film will connect if the audience wants to see a movie about making it is music. But, perhaps all the competition shows with their over-produced and contrived back stories, will pop into their heads. Kind of like the ones in which Levine is a judge, "The Voice."

"America" will split the crowd for sure. In politics, it seems to be 50/50 these days and this film will be no different.
One more now as Paramount confirms "Transformers 5" for 2016. No matter how good or bad the film does, it is safe.


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