Film: 2009: Transformers

$300 Million in 14-Days for Transformers Sequel

Milestone achieved in record time

After only 14-days in release, the worldwide hit "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" became the 2nd fastest film in movie history to earn $300 million in U.S. ticket sales, eclipsing the previous record-holder "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," by 2-days. From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, the Paramount Pictures release trails only "The Dark Knight" in this record-setting achievement.

"Moviegoers everywhere propelled the film to this great success, paving the way for a phenomenal run," said Paramount Pictures Vice Chairman Rob Moore.

2007's "Transformers" earned $319.2 million in its theatrical run, and more than $700 million worldwide. The sequel has already taken in over $600 million worldwide to date, conquering several records including:

  • Biggest Wednesday-Sunday opening of all time.
  • Biggest Wednesday opening of all time.
  • Paramount's biggest international opening of all time.
  • 3rd biggest worldwide opening weekend of all time.
  • 4th biggest international opening of all time.

'Transformers 2' Revenge of the Fallen Rolls Out with 2,000 Sold Out Midnight Shows on Fandango

Transformers original release date: July 4, 2007
Paramount Pictures

(Left to right) Ranger Team Member (LUIS ECHAGARRUGA), Sergeant Epps (TYRESE GIBSON) and Shep (AMAURY NOLASCO) run for their lives from Skorponok in “Transformers.” DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Present, in Association with Hasbro, a Di Bonaventura Pictures Production, a Tom DeSanto and Don Murphy Production of a Michael Bay Film, “Transformers,” starring Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Megan Fox, with John Turturro and Jon Voight. Directed by Michael Bay from a story by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman and John Rogers and a screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, the film is based on Hasbro’s Transformers® Action Figures. Producers are Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and Ian Bryce and Executive Producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner, and Mark Vahradian. This film is not yet rated.

TRANSFORMERS Breaks July 4th Record in US

Following its outstanding international start last weekend TRANSFORMERS has seen a record-breaking US box office opening.

Officially in theatres on Tuesday (July 3) for the July 4 Independence Day Holiday TRANSFORMERS grossed a colossal US$29.082m . This first day was over 30% stronger than the domestic launch days of WAR OF THE WORLDS and last summer's SUPERMAN RETURNS.

Combining with Monday-night previews TRANSFORMERS had grossed US$36.25m before heading into the Wednesday holiday

The domestic success comes on the heels of stunning international launches last weekend which set a wealth of records for Paramount, DreamWorks,, director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

TRANFORMERS will open across the UK and Ireland on Friday, July 27th.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures UK.
Source: Paramount Pictures (UK)
LONDON, July 5, 2007/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures' 'TRANSFORMERS' Smashes Industry and Studio Records in First Week of Release

Paramount Hits $1 Billion Domestic Gross Mark July 9 Fastest of Any Studio

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures' co-production "TRANSFORMERS" set an industry record for a non-sequel of $155.4 million in its opening week, surpassing the previous record held by the original "Spider Man" in 2002. In addition, during its first full day of release on Tuesday, July 3, "TRANSFORMERS" grossed $27.8 million, the biggest Tuesday in industry history, surpassing the second "Pirates of the Caribbean" adventure. The following day, July 4th, the Michael Bay-directed action adventure posted another industry best for the holiday of $29 million, outstripping "Spider-Man 2" in 2004.

For DreamWorks and Paramount, "TRANSFORMERS" three-day debut of $70.5 million was the top non-sequel and top live-action film ever. This propelled Paramount over the $1 billion mark in domestic gross in 189 days, the earliest any studio has reached that benchmark in a calendar year. The year 2007 will be Paramount's highest grossing since 1998, when it reached $1.046 billion, a figure that will be surpassed by the end of the coming weekend.

Over the past week, Paramount reclaimed its status as the #1 studio in market share, which it held earlier in the year, from April 21 to May 3. In addition, "TRANSFORMERS" was DreamWorks' fourth straight #1 opening film following "Norbit," "Blades of Glory" and "Disturbia."

Other records established by "TRANSFORMERS" include:

-- Top July 4th weekend ($70.5 million) for a non-sequel, surpassing
the studio's own "War of the Worlds" in 2005 ($64.9 million).

-- Best July opening weekend ($70.5 million) for a non-sequel, surpassing
2001's "Planet of the Apes" ($68.5 million).

-- Top daily gross in July ($29.073 million) for a non-sequel, besting
"Planet of the Apes" ($24.6 million).

-- Top Wednesday gross of all time ($29.073 million) for a non-sequel,
beating the previous record holder 2004's "The Passion of the Christ"
($26.6 million).

-- Top Thursday gross ($19.177 million) for a non-sequel, beating 1996's
"Independence Day" ($17.3 million).

-- Best live action movie debut ($70.5 million) for Paramount or
DreamWorks, with the previous personal bests being "War of the Worlds"
($64.9 million) and 2005's "The Ring 2" ($35.1 million) respectively.


DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Present, in association with Hasbro, a di Bonaventura Pictures Production, a Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production of a Michael Bay Film "TRANSFORMERS" starring Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Megan Fox, Rachael Taylor with John Turturro and Jon Voight. Directed by Michael Bay from a story by John Rogers and Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman and a screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, the film is based on Hasbro's Transformers(TM) Action Figures. The producers are Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and Ian Bryce and the executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. The director of photography is Mitchell Amundsen. The production designer is Jeff Man. The film is edited by Paul Rubell, A.C.E. and Glen Scantlebury. The costume designer is Deborah L. Scott. The music is by Steve Jablonsky. The music supervisor is Dave Jordan. The special visual effects are by Industrial Light & Magic.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and DreamWorks Studios. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studios, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

About DreamWorks Pictures
DreamWorks Studios was formed in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. The company won three consecutive Best Picture Academy Awards with "American Beauty," "Gladiator" and "A Beautiful Mind" (both co-produced with Universal.) Among the company's other successes have been such films as "Saving Private Ryan," "War of the Worlds," "Dreamgirls" (all co-produced with Paramount), and "Blades of Glory." Among its upcoming productions are "Things We Lost in the Fire," "The Kite Runner (distributed by Paramount Classics), and "Sweeney Todd" (co-produced with Warner Bros.).

'Transformers' Will Be More Than Meets The Eye at Theatres Nationwide on 07-04-07

The live-action "Transformers" movie has been set to open nationwide on 07-04-07, it was jointly announced today by DreamWorks Pictures, Hasbro, Inc.(NYSE:HAS) , and Paramount Pictures.
The feature, based on the globally popular Transformers franchise, will be directed by Michael Bay (upcoming "The Island," "Armageddon") from a screenplay being written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (upcoming "The Island").

Steven Spielberg ("War of the Worlds") is executive producing the film, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura (upcoming "Four Brothers"), Tom DeSanto ("X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United") and Don Murphy ("The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") serving as co-executive producers.
In making the announcement, DreamWorks head of distribution Jim Tharp stated, "Under the direction of Michael Bay, and with Steven Spielberg executive producing, we know that 'Transformers' is going to be the kind of explosive action movie that is perfect for the height of the summer movie season.
By staking our claim on the 4th of July, 2007, we ensure that we not only have the time to make this movie the way it should be made, but also to build excitement and awareness leading up to its release." Continue reading...

(Photo: left) Mikaela Barnes (MEGAN FOX, left) and Sam Witwicky (SHIA LABEOUF, right) are hunted by an alien race in “TRANSFORMERS.” DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Present, in Association with Hasbro, a di Bonaventura Pictures Production, a Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production of a Michael Bay Film, “TRANSFORMERS,” starring Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Megan Fox, Rachael Taylor with John Turturro and Jon Voight. Directed by Michael Bay from a story by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman and John Rogers and a screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman and John Rogers, the film is based on Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS™ Action Figures. Producers are Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and Ian Bryce and Executive Producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner, and Mark Vahradian. This film is not yet rated. Photo Credit: Robert Zuckerman

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"Transformers" (2007) DVD

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox Director: Michael Bay

Plot Outline Dueling alien races, the Autobots and the Decepticons, bring their battle to Earth, leaving the future of humankind hanging in the balance.

• US Theatrical Release Date: July 4, 2007
• Production Company: Prime Directive, Paramount Pictures, Angry Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Hasbro, Kurtzman/Orci, Platinum Dunes, Thinkfilm
• Also Known As: Prime Directive / The Transformers / Transformers: The Movie 2
• Filming Locations: Broadway & 8th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA | Detroit, Michigan, USA | Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA | El Mirage Dry Lake, San Bernardino County, California, USA | Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA | Hoover Dam, Arizona-Nevada Border, USA | Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA | Los Angeles, California, USA | Michigan Central Depot - W. Vernor and W. Michigan Avenues, Detroit, Michigan, USA | New Mexico, USA | Rialto, California, USA | USS Shoup, San Diego, California, USA | Valley of Fire State Park - Route 169, Overton, Nevada, USA | Washington, District of Columbia, USA | White Sands Missile Range, near, Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA

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