‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ Grosses $60.6 million for Wednesday Debut
‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’, the much awaited sequel to the original, debuted in the US and Canada on Wednesday, grossing about $60.6 million in tickets sales. This has set a record for the most tickets sold for a non-Friday opening, passing the Saturday record of $51.3 million set by ‘Spider-Man 3′ in 2007.
In Wednesday’s worldwide figures, ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ grossed $120 million in ticket sales. The robot film also set a new record for a Wednesday opening, grossing more that the previous record of $44.2 million set by ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ in 2007. The only mark the new film hasn’t surpassed is the record for the largest gross in a single day, which is $67.2 million set by ‘The Dark Knight’ on its Friday debut last year.
This very impressive debut sets ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ up for a big first weekend, as it is estimated that the film will break the 5-day record for a film opening on a Wednesday, where ‘The Dark Knight’ holds the record at $203.8 million. The only way this will happen is if moviegoers turn out to be more positive about the film than most critics have been. Public enthusiasm could decline quickly if this turns the other way.
The overall performance of the film will depend on its international grosses as well. The movie cost just a little less than $200 million to produce, and its predecessor earned 55% of its total box office revenue this way. The film opened in nearly every major foreign country on Wednesday after debuting in Japan and Britain over the weekend.