The Fallen Rises

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Paramount's Transformers Revenge of the Fallen came within inches -- well, $2.6 million -- of overtaking last year's The Dark Knight as the film with the best 5-day opening of all time. According to studio estimates, it grossed $201.2 million versus $203.8 for Warner Bros.' Knight . The figure included estimated results for Sunday, therefore final actual ticket sales, to be released on Monday, could push the total past Knight 's record mark. Then again, the Los Angeles Times reported that some competing studios estimated that the total will come in closer to $197-199 million. The newspaper said that Paramount spent about $200 million to produce the film and $150-175 million on worldwide marketing and distribution. IMAX, which has been expanding its giant-screen venues (some critics contend that the size of the newer screens is being misrepresented), contributed $14.4 million to the gross. Although IMAX theaters accounted for less than 4 percent of those screening the movie, they nevertheless produced 7.2 percent of the estimated gross. The Transformer s sequel performed nearly as impressively overseas, raking in $162 million in 58 countries, including $21.9 million in China, setting a record for an English-language film in that country. Warner Bros./New Line attempted to counter-program Knight with the female-oriented My Sister's Keeper , but showed little success in doing so. The film opened with an estimated $12 million to place fourth. It had been expected to earn $15-20 million.

The top ten films for the regular three-day weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, $112 million; 2. The Proposal, $18.5 million; 3. The Hangover , $17.2 million; 4. Up , $13 million; 5. My Sister's Keeper, $12 million; 6. Year One , $5.8 million; 7. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 , $5.4 million; 8. Star Trek , $3.6 million; 9. Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian , $3.5 million; 10. Away We Go , $1.7 million.



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