UPDATE: Variety is now reporting a $60.6 million dollar first day
Despite pretty much universally poor reviews (The Guardian described it as “like watching paint dry while getting hit over the head with a frying pan”), Michael Bay’s Transformers sequel earned $55 60.6 million in a single day. On a Wednesday. For comparison, consider that Watchmen made $55.7 mil in its entire first weekend.
Transformers ROTF [which stands for "Revenge of the Fallen," though I keep reading it as "Rolling Over Table Farting"] easily scored the best opening day ever for a Wednesday release at the domestic box office. Previous record-holder was “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which grossed $44.2 million in its first day.
[NEW] “Transformer 2’s” opening day haul also is the second best of all time after “The Dark Knight,” which grossed $67.2 million on its first day in release (a Friday).
“Transformers 2,” playing in more than 4,200 theaters in the U.S., has a strong shot at eclipsing the $152.4 million earned by “Spider-Man 2″ in its first five days. That film opened on the same Wednesday in 2004. The opening day haul in the U.S. included $16 million in midnight runs, the best run ever for a film released on a Wednesday. And it’s the third-best of all time after “The Dark Knight” ($18.5 million) and “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” ($16.9 million). [Variety]
Before he begins work on Transformers 3, Michael Bay said he plans to use some of his money to travel the world in a unicorn-shaped zeppelin, bringing explosions to underprivileged children. Then he made a crass joke about “record opening” and giggled for 10 minutes.