'Transformers' Scores a $100 Million Opening

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Welcome to the Box Office Report, where Michael Bay's fourth Transformers movie obliterated the box office with a bunch of explosions and stuff.

1. Transformers: The Age of Extinction (Paramount): $100 million in 4,233 theaters.

Good god! Critics hated it, audiences lukewarmed it, but the people paid to see the new Transformers flick in record-breaking fashion. This is both the strongest opening day ($41.6 million) and the strongest opening weekend of 2014. And it made another $200 million worldwide! Good for Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammar, we suppose.

2. 22 Jump Street (Sony): $15.4 million in 3,426 theaters.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill continue to perform well this month, managing to hold onto the second spot after being knocked off the box office throne last week by Think Like a Man Too. Good reviews have helped, especially since nobody outside America is seeing this movie.

3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox): $13.1 million in 3,750 theaters.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 , the third of the four sequels on our list this week, has performed sluggishly, perhaps because of the four-year pause between the first and second installment. Nevertheless, strong reviews are keeping this animated flick in the game into its third week.

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4. Think Like a Man Too (Screen Gems): $10.4 million in 2,225 theaters.

Think Like a Man sank like a stone after winning the box office last week. A possibly historic divide between audience and critic reviews may speak to how quickly the franchise loyalists fled the theaters. 

5. Maleficent (Buena Vista): $8.2 million in 3,073 theaters.

What staying power! This movie, you may remember, came out all the way back in May. And despite some middling reviews (chalked with praise for Angelina Jolie), Maleficent outperformed Clint Eastwood's doozy Jersey Boys, which fell off the list in only its second week. Maleficent also cleaned up overseas, netting nearly double its take elsewhere.

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