Shia LaBeouf's Transformers: Dark Of The Moon has destroyed the competition at the U.S. box office, grossing $97.4 million (£60.9 million) to score the biggest opening weekend of the year so far.
The third installment of the action franchise, directed by Michael Bay, opened on Tuesday night (28Jun11) and had pulled in $162 million (£101.25 million) by Sunday (03Jul11), according to early studio estimates.
Its weekend (01-03Jul11) gross of $97.4 million (£60.9 million) beats the $90.2 million (£56.4 million) taken by Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides when it was released in May (11).
The Transformers sequel also makes history as the largest Independence Day (04Jul11) weekend draw since Spider-Man 2's $88.2 million (£55 million) haul in 2004.
Meanwhile, animated film Cars 2 was a distant second on the box office chart with $25.1 million (£15.67 million), while Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts' Larry Crowne enters at four, followed by another new release, Monte Carlo.