Transformers destroy Tom & Julia and the Box Office

It was a good holiday for Paramount Pictures and their wacky alien robots as Transformers: Dark of the Moon (hi, worst title ever) took in a record Independance Day gross of $116 million over four days. The film, which is a big loud ridiculous mess (I gave it a D+ grade), has now taken in a massive $181 million since Wednesday (including Tues midnight showings) and is easily on its way to become 2011’s top grosser thus far. (I think Harry Potter may have something to say about that in a couple weeks though….). Transformers is clearly a smash, but it’s running a bit behind that last film’s grosses. Nonetheless, audiences apparently enjoy mind numbing crap over boring unfunny crap as the new Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts dramedy, Larry Crowne, (I gave it a C- grade) tanked debuting in 4th place with just $15.7 million over the long weekend. It’s a sad number for two of the biggest stars from the past few decades. Hopefully their next collaboration will be a better film! Also, getting bad news was Monte Carlo, the new comedy from Selena Gomez which netted a paltry $8.7 million for 6th place… As for the rest of the top ten, Super 8 and Bridesmaids held up very well while Cars 2 and Bad Teacher fell the expected amounts. Check out the complete top ten below and for more on all the movie money grosses, head to BoxOfficeMojo here.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Transformers: Dark of the Moon P/DW $116,400,000 – 4,013 – $29,006 $181,125,000 $195 1
2 1 Cars 2 BV $32,072,000 -51.5% 4,115 – $7,794 $123,002,000 $200 2
3 2 Bad Teacher Sony $17,600,000 -44.3% 3,049 – $5,772 $63,045,000 $20 2
4 N Larry Crowne Uni. $15,742,000 – 2,973 – $5,295 $15,742,000 $30 1
5 4 Super 8 Par. $9,525,000 -20.8% 3,088 -336 $3,085 $110,061,000 $50 4
6 N Monte Carlo Fox $8,750,000 – 2,473 – $3,538 $8,750,000 $20 1
7 3 Green Lantern WB $7,985,000 -55.7% 3,280 -536 $2,434 $103,677,000 $200 3
8 5 Mr. Popper’s Penguins Fox $6,850,000 -32.5% 2,861 -481 $2,394 $51,875,000 $55 3
9 8 Bridesmaids Uni. $4,424,000 -15.9% 1,389 -642 $3,185 $153,798,000 $32.5 8
10 11 Midnight in Paris SPC $4,316,000 +3.5% 858 -93 $5,030 $34,516,000 $30 7

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