Transformers 4 became the first flick to have a $100 million opening weekend so far this year!
Or at least that├óΓé¼Γäós what Paramount wants you to think!
But others in Hollywood say those box office numbers just don├óΓé¼Γäót add up!
While the studio claimed that Mark Wahlberg and Transformers: Age of Extinction officially made $100,038,390 in U.S. and Canada ticket sales, experts outside of Paramount say that├óΓé¼Γäós impossible.
Rentrak, the data reporting system used in the biz, tracked the over 4,000 theaters that showed Transformers this weekend. Their numbers have the blockbuster sequel raking in just over $97 million since Thursday night!
That├óΓé¼Γäós still a HUGE opening weekend! But it ain├óΓé¼Γäót $100 million!
So why would Paramount make up those figures?
It├óΓé¼Γäós actually not just because they wanted their movie to have the biggest opening of 2014 so far! It could be because they wanted to save some employees├óΓé¼Γäó jobs!
An insider at Paramount spilled that the studio was planning more layoffs if the fourth installment of the action flick didn├óΓé¼Γäót have a $100+ million opening weekend!
So did someone boost the box office figures in order to avoid being fired??
Whatever the case, Transformers and Paramount made A LOT of money!
But maybe rather than telling us about all the cash they├óΓé¼Γäóre counting, they should focus on the absolutely AWFUL reviews this film is getting!
Because with a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, we doubt Transformers will break $100 million (in reality or Paramount├óΓé¼Γäós imagination) next weekend!
[Image via Paramount.]