Michael Bay is back with the fourth installment of his toy-based, explosion-happy franchise. Boasting an all-new cast and some renewed fan excitement, Transformers: Age of Extinction could very well open north of $100 million this weekend—and become the highest opener of the year, punching Captain America: The Winter Soldier to the No. 2 spot.
The nearly $200 million film opens in 4,200 locations domestically, including late Thursday night showings. It also opens in 37 markets internationally, including Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia and Australia. No matter how you shake it, the debut will be a monster one, even if Paramount is hedging its bets by putting the pic in the high $90 million range. It’s the only movie opening wide this weekend, Mark Wahlberg is a solid box-office draw, and ticketing pre-sales are off the charts — representing 96 percent of Fandango’s weekend ticket sales and 58 percent of tickets sold on MovieTickets.com in the past 24 hours.
Here’s how things might play out:
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