Paramount/DreamWorks' sci-fi action blockbuster Transformers
obliterated the competition over the weekend, opening on an estimated
$67.6m over three days that rose to $152.5m including previews over
the six-day July 4 holiday week.

If estimates hold up this will be the biggest first week result for a
non-sequel, overtaking Spider-Man's $151.6m mark set in May 2002.

Michael Bay's heart-shuddering tale of warring robots on Earth is the
latest incarnation of the 23-year-old Hasbro toy line and stars Shia
LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox.

Disney's critically acclaimed animated Ratatouille swept past $100m in its
second weekend, slipping to second place on $29m for $109.5m, while
Fox's Live Free Or Die Hard ranks third on $84.2m after the same
amount of time.

Opening fourth on $10.4m was Warner Bros' counter-programmer comedy
License To Wed with Robin Williams, Mandy Moore and John Krasinski
from the hit US TV comedy The Office. The film stands at $17.8m since
opening on July 3.

Despite the heroic effort of Transformers, weekend box office trailed
the same weekend in 2006 by 23% as the top 12 films combined for
$161.5m. Last year Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opened
on $135.6m.

Meanwhile Disney's third Pirates episode exited the top 10 and became
the third domestic release of the year after Spider-Man 3 and Shrek
The Third to cross $300m after adding $3m for $301.7m in the seventh

Michael Moore's Sicko, released in North America through Lionsgate, held firm in ninth place on $3.7m for $11.5m after three weekends.

MGM's Vietnam POW thriller Rescue Dawn starring Christian Bale and
Steve Zahn enjoyed a strong limited opening and took $104,000 from six

Next weekend's wide release is Warner Bros' family sequel Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton.

Estimated Top 10 North America July 6-8, 2007

Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend
gross/Estimated total to date

1 (-) Transformers (Paramount) PPI $67.6m $152.5m
2 (1) Ratatouille (Buena Vista) BVI $29m $109.5m
3 (2) Live Free Or Die Hard (Fox) Fox Int'l $17.4m $84.2m
4 (-) License To Wed (Warner Bros) WBPI $10.4m $17.8m
5 (3) Evan Almighty (Universal) UPI $8.1m $78.1m
6 (4) 1408 (MGM) TWC $7.1m $53.8m
7 (6) Knocked Up (Universal) UPI $5.2m $132m
8 (5) Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (Fox) Fox Int'l $4.2m $123.8m
9 (9) Sicko (Lionsgate) TWC $3.7m $11.5m
10 (7) Ocean's Thirteen (Warner Bros) WBPI $3.5m $109.1m