Box Office Mojo has posted the weekend estimates for Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the results are looking good. The movie made $97.4 million for the weekend with $32.9M from Friday, $34.6 for Saturday and $29.8 on Sunday. This brings the 5-day US total to $162.1 million which is right in alignment with studio expectations.
For record counters, the $97.4 total gives DOTM the highest July 4th weekend record, passing Spider-Man 2 and highest weekend of 2011 passing Pirates 4. The reputation of Revenge continues to haunt Moon. The weekend total is still behind TF2's $109 million opening weekend. At the five day point, ROTF was at $200.1M. On the international box office, its five day total is a very good $210 million, accounting for 56.4% of Dark of the Moon's worldwide five day total of $372.1 million.
Next weekend Transformers 3 will drop more than 50% compared to this weekend. While the entertainment media will twist it into a sign of failure, it really is just a reality that maintaining these kinds of numbers for two consecutive weekends doesn't happen unless your name is James Cameron. Determining the box office longevity of this film, critical for crossing the $1 billion threshold, is going to be difficult to nail down for a few weeks because next weekend numbers will not provide any definitive proof and after that Harry Potter 7 will mop the floor with the competition much like TF3 did this weekend.
Update: THR is reporting that DOTM has the third best worldwide opening weekend ever with its $372M total behind Harry Potter 7 Part 1 ($394M) and Spider-Man 3 ($382) once again proving that doing a single worldwide release is very beneficial. If China and Japan had been able to release the movie this weekend, the crown would likely have been Transformers. These numbers put Moon 50% ahead of Revenge on International box office so the decline in the US is being made up everywhere else.