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'Transformers 4' tramples its way to a huge win

Escapism often works at the box office.
Escapism often works at the box office.
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Paramount

Go ahead and call it morphing or transforming, but a movie that did not get praised across the board conquered in a big way at the weekend box office. But fans saw it and like it. That is all that matters when the numbers come in.

According to The Wrap, it is also proving huge overseas. In China, too, to the tune of $90 million. That bodes well for future films, and is just another revenue stream for the studios, even if less people in the United States see movies.

"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" took over with a whopping $100 million at the weekend box office. No other film this year has done that. "Captain America: The Winter Solider" opened with $93 million and "Godzilla" took in $91 million.

"Transformers" also opened to the best Friday of the year with an estimated haul of $41.6 million (figure includes Thursday). That bested both both "Godzilla" ($38 million) and "Captain America: The Winter Solider" ($36.8 million). So, things were looking up for the weekend.

Again, this movie was pretty much panned going in, so this is even bigger news. Mark Wahlberg, Optimus Prime and the Autobots certainly transformed this film into a hit somehow. One reason would be the male audience. The Wrap noted that the audience was 64 percent, with 58 percent over the age of 25.

If one is a fan of a genre or a series of films, one goes to the movie. That doesn't mean they have to like it, but at least they see it once. There are also people who simply do not like anything that is popular so they troll the message boards and spew the negativity and hatred. Movies are still, for the most part, an escape for many. There is a huge portion of the audience that do need not a deep analysis of every scene and the finer points of acting, special effects and directing. They just want to see a movie. It is sometimes that simple.

It may also prove that once again, the over-abundance of critics may cloud things up a bit. And the younger crowd does not get their information in the traditional ways, so they ignore many of them anyway.

Last week's winner, "Think Like a Man Too" fell to fourth behind "22 Jump Street" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which it is bit odd. "Man Too" over-achieved last week and fell hard this weekend.

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