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Thursday, June 25, 2009

'Transformers 2' wallops box office with record smashing $60.6m Wednesday

In a summer where mostly the stronger reviewed films have fared the best -- Star Trek, Up and The Hangover have all enjoyed strong openings and long lucrative box office runs -- here comes Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to hit the reset button and restore the summer box office blockbuster back to its old habits.

Garnering some of the worst reviews of the entire year (a dismal 21% on Rottentomatoes.com), Transformers 2 exploded in its opening day bow, raking in over $60.6 million on Wednesday, including a staggering $16 million from midnight screenings alone. That annihilates the previous record holder Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which debuted with $44.2 million in 2007. Surging past even the most optimistic predictions from Paramount themselves, the $200 million budgeted sequel looks certain to beat the overall gross of its 2007 blockbuster predecessor Transformers, which took in $319 million domestic and $708 million worldwide.

The Megan Fox-Shia LeBeouf starrer looks on pace to shatter the current 5-day record holder, Warner's The Dark Knight with $203 million.

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