By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount, Variety
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The critics can eat it. Though Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen has not done that well with the er, critical, that wasn't enough to stop moviegoers from crowding theaters on a Wednesday. Michael Bay can now take credit as the guy who made the biggest Wednesday opening ever.
Opening Day Box Office: Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
A title once held by Warner Bros' Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which opened to $44.3 million on a Wednesday during July of 2007, that number was absolutely crushed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The sequel's opening day haul of $60.6 million was not only the best Wednesday opening ever, but the second best opening of all time behind The Dark Knight; which opened on a Friday. With an opening like this, Transformers 2 also has a strong shot of shooting by Spider-Man 2's five-day record of $152.4 million.
The film's exceptional opening owes credit to its midnight showings, which grossed a record of $16 million for the timeslot. A lot of records being broken, right? Well, here's one more: Transformers 2 also earned $1 million during midnight showings at IMAX, a record for the medium.
While the earnings are great, I'm even more amazed about how Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has completely polarized both critics and general moviegoers. The general consensus would suggest that you are either going to love the film and find it better than the first installment, or hate the film and find it a waste of your time. I, for one, loved the film.