Transformers: Age of Extinction opened to an estimated $41.6 million yesterday. That's the biggest opening day of the year so far, and sets the movie up to earn at least $100 million this weekend.
The fourth installment in the Transformers franchise opened ahead of last month's Godzilla, which previously held the 2014 opening day record with $38.4 million. Among Transformers movies, it lagged significantly behind Revenge of the Fallen ($62 million) and was a bit lower than Dark of the Moon ($43.2 million when counting day-early previews).
For the weekend, Age of Extinction is on track to earn around $105 million (Paramount is more conservatively estimating $100 million).
The movie is doing even more impressive business overseas, where it has already earned $80 million. It opened to an estimated $30 million in China, which is the biggest opening day ever for a non-Chinese movie. It has also racked up huge two-day totals in Russia ($10.4 million), South Korea ($9.1 million) and Australia ($4.6 million).
In a distant second place, 22 Jump Street fell 46 percent to an estimated $5 million. To date, the comedy sequel has earned $129.4 million, and could pass the first movie's $138 million total on Sunday. How to Train Your Dragon 2 added $4.1 million yesterday, which was off 46 percent from last week. The animated sequel has grossed $112.8 million so far. Think Like a Man Too took fourth place yesterday with $3.4 million. That's a massive 72 percent drop from opening day. The comedy sequel has now earned $41.2 million. Maleficent rounded out the Top Five with $2.59 million, which is off 35 percent from last Friday. The fantasy hit could pass $200 million sometime today. Jersey Boys dropped to sixth place with $2.25 million (down 52 percent). Through eight days, the Clint Eastwood-directed musical has earned $22 million.