Paramount’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is already transforming itself into the biggest debut of the year, grossing $42.8 million so far as it smashes its way toward $175 million in North America by the end of the long holiday weekend.
With the first two films in Michael Bay’s critically-challenged sci-fi franchise earning a combined $1.5 billion worldwide, and with the added benefit of 3-D, IMAX and some ticket inflation, “T3” could easily make $500 million globally in its first week of release.
Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 2” roared to a first-place finish last week and is set for a solid holiday weekend in the No. 2 position at around $40 million. The family-friendly film should cross Monday’s finish line with over $130 million in total North American revenue and nearly $200 million in worldwide receipts.
Sony’s R-rated comedy “Bad Teacher” starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake will likely place third in the class after a stronger-than-expected debut last week, earning about $17 million and bringing its overall domestic total to around $60 million.
Universal’s debuting “Larry Crowne,” boasting Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts but hampered by disappointing reviews, will offer a more sophisticated alternative to the summer’s typically boisterous fare and likely gross in the low to mid teens.
Warner Bros.’ “Green Lantern” in its third weekend and Paramount’s “Super 8” entering its fourth will battle it out for fifth place with four-day grosses in the $8 million to $10 million range.