Michael Bay has done it again. The action movie director has hit gold with the new Transformers sequel, which debuted at the box office on June 27 in the United States, China and in many countries overseas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Transformers: Age of Extinction is currently the top grossing film of 2014 and amazingly the movie accomplished this feat during its opening weekend.
The 3D movie was the first to reach the $100 million mark in North America, and debuted at $90 million in China. The film grossed $201.3 million overseas, totaling a whopping worldwide accomplishment of $301.3 million. In addition, the majority of the movie attendees were male and accounted for 64 percent of the audiences. Transformers: Age of Extinction was the first film to break a record in China, marking the top opening ever for any motion picture. The movie also featured many of China’s memorable landmarks in the film including the Great Wall.
Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman, stated that the movie’s exceptional performance in China was possible because of their partnership with China Film Group. He mentioned that working in the country was very educational and that Age of Extinction was the first major studio film to release a worldwide première in China.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is already the top grossing film of 2014, even though it will not be released throughout most parts of Europe and Latin America until after the World Cup.
Although many people were infuriated by Bay’s decision to leave Shia LaBouf out of the fourth chapter of the film, it seems that the director made the right choice with LaBouf’s replacement. Mark Wahlberg is the action flick’s new hero and plays Cade Yeager, a single father who discovers a dormant transformer as an old beat up semi truck. Wahlberg’s character is an inventor from Texas who is constantly on the lookout for scraps that he can use for his creations. Nicola Peltz portrays Tessa Yeager, Wahlberg’s love-struck daughter in the film and Jack Reynor portrays Peltz’s boyfriend. The movie also stars Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammar, and T.J. Miller.
The sequel begins four years after the last major battle that occurred between the Decepticons and the Autobots in Chicago, (Dark of the Moon) and establishes the existence of the Dinobots for the first time. An epic brawl between the Autobots and Decepticons emerges later in the film in Hong Kong, which is probably the reason for its huge success in China.
Quite a few movie critics have stated that Transformers: Age of Extinction lacks much of a plot, and that the film does not compare to the works by Steven Spielberg. One aspect that is certain is that the movie contains limitless amounts of action, special effects, fast cars, beautiful women, and of course the massive Decepticon transformers that enjoy wrecking havoc on the human race.
It seems that a weak story line has no effect on the viewers who enjoy transformer movies, because Transfomers: Age of Extinction has slaughtered the competition at the box office and is the top grossing film of 2014. Who needs a plot or greatly defined characters when there is plenty of action, destruction, and cool-looking transformers? Not this movie.
By Amy Nelson