“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” delivered the action to moviegoers for the July 4th holiday weekend, and in return, moviegoers delivered a #1 spot at the box office in a really big way. The Michael Bay helmed movie took in $97.5 million for the three day, and $116.4 million for the four-day holiday weekend, making it the biggest Fourth of July opening ever, and the best weekend opener of 2011. Attendance-wise, “Dark of the Moon” actually fell short of 2009′s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” Poor reaction to that movie gave “Dark of the Moon” an uphill battle, but a record number of higher priced 3D tickets and screens (it debuted on 2,789 3D screens) helped push the movie’s gross over the top. We wondered whether “Dark of the Moon” helped bring retribution to Bay’s franchise after the disastrous “Revenge of the Fallen,” so we turned to Travis Oscarson at FanReviews.com who was at Muvico in Thousand Oaks, CA to get reaction from the first fans to see the movie.
Fans had plenty to say about “Transformers” and clearly showed up to see what it was all about. Unfortunately, for stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, the same cannot be said for their new movie “Larry Crowne.” The Hanks-directed comedy, which was co-written by Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), bombed, bringing in just over $13 million for the three day, and $15.7 for the four-day weekend putting it at #4 at the box office. That’s behind second week runs from “Cars 2,” which landed at #2 with over $32 million, and the Cameron Diaz comedy “Bad Teacher” snagging the #3 spot with $17.6 million – both totals for the four-day weekend.
Here’s how the top ten played out for the four-day holiday weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com: