Even Paramount Pictures can't believe how well the "Transformers" sequel is doing.
After a spectacular $36.7 million on Friday, the film's third day of release, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" has already grossed $129.9 million. Negative reviews have had little effect on Michael Bay's latest blockbuster and the action flick is well within range of beating "The Dark Knight's" 5-day box office record of $203. million set only last year. "Fallen" would have to average over $40 million on both Saturday and Sunday to reach the new mark, however. Not out of the realm of possibility, but not a slam dunk either.
In comparison, "Fallen" is now #4 for all-time 3 day openings behind "Knight," "Spider-Man 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." Of course while all three of those films opened on a Friday, "Fallen" opened in the middle of a work week on a Wednesday. Earlier this week, "Fallen" shattered the single day Wednesday record of $44 million "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" held by opening to a jaw-dropping $60.6 million.
Coming in no. 2 on Friday was "The Proposal." According to Box Office Mojo, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds hit raked in another $6.1 million and has already made $56.7 million in only 8 days. At this point, ending with $100 million plus is a sure bet for the romantic comedy and look for Disney (and other studios) to try and get both actors to try to rekindle their wicked chemistry on screen once again.
Still holding strong in the third slot was "The Hangover." The WB cash cow brought in another $5.3 million for a total cume of $171.3 million. The question now is how far past $200 million the comedy will go. At this pace, $225 is not out of the question.
Debuting in fourth place is the Cameron Diaz melodrama "My Sister's Keeper" with $5 million. Considering the competition -- from "Transformers" especially -- a solid weekend take of $14-15 million will be a sigh of relief for New Line/Warner Bros.
Rounding out the top five was "Year One." The disappointing comedy brought in another $2 million for a $28 million take so far. It appears to be performing similarly to another summer under performer, "Land of the Lost," which is slowing down at a current $45 million take.
Look for final weekend estimates and news on whether "Fallen" broke "Knight's" record, Sunday on HitFix.