Paramount’s latest outing records year’s biggest opening to date with $20.1m (£11.75m); Universal’s Boyhood scores strong $565,000 (£330,000) debut.
As expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction has recorded the year’s biggest opening to date as it exploded into life at the UK box office.
Paramount’s latest outing for the popular franchise shot to a $20.1m (£11.75m) debut from its 533 sites, including $13.7m (£8m) in previews. As with last weekend’s Sat-Sun take, the film’s Fri-Sun tally of $6.3m (£3.7m) would have also seen it top the chart, based purely on Fri-Sun takings.
The debut also marks the biggest opening of the Transformers series to date, surpassing Transformers: Dark of the Moon’s $18.4m (£10.7m) which included $7.2m (£4.23m) in previews.
If we consider this Fri-Sun to be its first ‘weekend’ though, Age of Extinction’s $6.3m (£3.7m) gross is actually the lowest of the franchise.
Dark of the Moon is currently the highest grossing Transformers outing in the UK at $48.1m (£28.11m), and the arrival of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will provide stiff blockbuster competition for Transformers: Age of Extinction this coming weekend in its attempt to overtake that result.
Expanding nationwide after two weeks of release in Scotland and Ireland, How to Train Your Dragon 2 climbed up to second with a $13.3m (£7.8m) weekend, including $8.3m (£4.9m) from its England and Wales previews over the past month.
Just taking into account Fri-Sun, Fox’s animated sequel took $5m (£2.9m) for a boost of 11% over last Fri-Sun when the film previewed across the UK and Wales. With its predecessor’s $29.7m (£17.4m) in its sights, How to Train Your Dragon 2 stands at $16.4m (£9.6m).
Also for Fox, The Fault in Our Stars is on the cusp of £10m after a $956,000 (£558,357) weekend lifted it to $16.9m (£9.9m).
X-Men: Days of Future Past stands at $46.2m (£27m).
Last week’s champion Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie fell to third with a $1.8m (£1.06m) third weekend through Universal. The big screen outing of the popular TV sitcom is up to a healthy $20.3m (£11.84m) in the UK, and still has a good chance of hitting £15m.
Also for Universal, the critically acclaimed Boyhood is off to a strong start with a $565,000 (£330,000) debut, including $34,000 (£20,000) in previews, at a site average of $5,827 (£3,402).
That marks director Richard Linklater’s second highest opening in the UK, behind School of Rock’s $4.6m (£2.7m) debut from a considerably wider release (377). Linklater’s acclaimed Before trilogy all missed the £1m mark in the UK, a target that looks the minimum aim for Boyhood.
Landing in 347 sites through eOne, Begin Again started its UK run with $777,000 (£454,139) and was arguably hit by the unexpected good weather this weekend.
It is, however, director John Carney’s best-ever UK debut by some distance and it will shortly overtake Once’s $1.2m (£682,000) UK result.
With a further slim drop in its sixth weekend, Sony’s 22 Jump Street added $711,000 (£415,000) for an excellent $30m (£17.5m) to date.
Also with a minimal drop of 32% was Disney’s Maleficent, conjuring up $526,000 (£307,000) for $30.8m (£17.96m) after seven weeks in play. Worldwide, the reimagining of Sleeping Beauty is the fourth biggest film of the year at $670m.
Falling almost 50% in its second weekend, Warner Bros’ Tammy added $414,000 (£242,000) for $1.9m (£1.13m) in the UK.
Also for Warner Bros, Edge of Tomorrow has amassed $13.3m (£7.75m).
Chef cooked up a $133,000 (£77,588) third weekend through Lionsgate for $2.3m (£1.3m) to date.
Now in its third week of release, Vertigo Films’ Walking on Sunshine grossed $93,000 (£54,436) from its 91 sites for $1.9m (£1.1m) to date.
Currently playing in 65 sites, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared added $79,000 (£46,251) for $394,000 (£230,638) after ten days in play through StudioCanal.
This week sees saturation releases for Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (opens July 17) and Vertigo’s Pudsey the Dog: the Movie (opens today in Ireland and Scotland).
Soda’s Finding Vivian Maier, Peccadillo’s I Am Divine and StudioCanal’s Grand Central are among the films receiving a limited release.