June 28, 2009

‘Transformers’ a big hit in U.S. theaters

The science-fiction movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen proved a box office smash in its opening weekend in U.S. theaters, Box Office Mojo said Sunday.

Estimated gate receipts showed 'Transformers,' starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, piled up $112 million in sales at 4,234 theaters.

Last week's top show, The Proposal, moved to No. 2 with $18.47 million in estimated ticket sales, followed by The Hangover with $17.22 million and Up with $13.05 million.

Another new movie, My Sister's Keeper, a Nick Cassavetes-directed drama starring Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva and Cameron Diaz, opened to a luke-warm reception and took in $12.03 million for the No. 5 spot.

Filling out the top 10 were Year One, $5.8 million; The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, $5.4 million; Star Trek, $3.61 million; Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, $3.5 million; and Away We Go, which pushed its way up to 10th from No. 13 in its fourth week in theaters with $1.68 million.

'Away' stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph in a Sam Mendes-directed romantic comedy about a couple expecting their first child traveling the country looking for a place to raise it.

Dismissed from the top tier were Land of the Lost, Terminator Salvation and Imagine That."