It took three movies but the toys turned animated series turned live-action blockbuster finally broke the billion dollar mark worldwide. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (with the help of 3D, obviously) managed what Transformers in 2007 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009 could only dream of.
With $1,003,920,148 in just 35 days, Transformers: Dark of the Moon became the 10th movie to reach the billion dollar mark and is now 9th worldwide after just passing The Dark Knight. Thanks to this the worldwide top 10 becomes a billionaire club:
- Avatar $2.782 billion
- Titanic $1.843 billion
- The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King $1.119 billion
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1.066 billion
- Toy Story 3 $1.063 billion
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $1.033 billion
- Alice in Wonderland $1.024 billion
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $1,015 billion
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon $1.003 billion
- The Dark Knight $1.001 billion
As you can see, there are no less then three movies that opened this year above, all with over a billion, not bad for a year that started so lousy. Oh, and if you were wondering, yes, this is the first time such a thing has happened and yes, I blame it on the increased popularity of 3D around the world.
To conclude, Transformers made $709.7 million worldwide while Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen grossed $836.3 million, with over a billion so far, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a big leap forward (at least money wise) that should ultimately become the 5th highest grossing movie of all time with about $1.1 billion, if not more (Return of the King ain’t safe).