2. “The Proposal” ($18.5 million)
3. “The Hangover” ($17.2 million)
4. “Up” ($13 million)
5. “My Sister’s Keeper” ($12 million)
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is now the proud holder of a five-day box office record of $201.2 million, but Optimus Prime still comes in behind Batman. Poor reviews aren’t keeping audiences away from the latest Michael Bay spectacle, which has continued to exceed expectations and break records every day that it’s in theaters.
“Transformers” had a Saturday haul of $39.5 million, and made an estimated $112 million just this weekend. Combined with its record-breaking Wednesday of $60.6 million, that’s enough to snag it the record of having the second best five-day haul, right behind “The Dark Knight” and its $203.8 million record. The numbers are pretty close though, and don’t be surprised if you hear about a Sunday night finish that knocks “The Dark Knight” down from its spot in the movie history books.
Spurred on by “Transformers,” the rest of the box office did pretty solid business. “The Proposal” benefited from being a popular film without giant robots, holding onto #2 with $18.5 million, bringing it to a tidy $69 million in wedding presents so far. “The Hangover” settled at #3 with $17.3 million, and it hasn’t quite cracked the $200 million glass ceiling set by blockbusters like “Star Trek” and “Up,” which is Saturday’s #4 with $13 million. The Todd Philips comedy has grossed $183.2 million so far, and if it holds steady with these $20 million weekends, it’ll probably join that exclusive $200 million club.
“My Sister’s Keeper” is being considered a bit of a flop. The family drama debuted at #5 with a thin $12 million, meeting only the lowest expectations for New Line/Warner Bros. While studios were wise to offer some counter-programming, would a story about a sick child really have done well in the summer blockbuster season? How could Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin have taken on any of summer’s heroes, let alone the Autobots of “Transformers”?