Paramount Picture’s “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise is now the highest grossing film in China, earning US$225.1M (1,396M RMB) in just 12 days of release, surpassing the prior record holder “AVATAR”.
“Achieving this historic benchmark with the unparalleled support from our partners in China has been a spectacular experience for our studio,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “We’re honored by the deeply passionate response from Chinese audiences – and audiences throughout the world –to ’TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION’ and the unique storytelling of Michael Bay. The many new relationships we have built with members of the creative community in China is a source of great pride and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future.”
Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures announced, “We want to acknowledge the great work of China Film Group in the distribution of TRANSFORMERS. We also want to thank Jiaflix and China Movie Channel for their tremendous contributions, our partners since early 2013, they were integral to delivering these record breaking results. The opportunity to later partner with M1905, China Movie Media and Hua Hua, and to reach this level of success, is beyond even our expectations. We are humbled by the passion and interest of the Chinese audiences for the TRANSFORMERS universe and look forward to future productions, including the already announced co-production ‘MARCO POLO’ with China Film Group, as we jointly aim to bring the very best in entertainment to audiences around the world.”
In China, where “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION” was partially shot, the film earned $92M in its opening weekend, more than doubling the TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON result and representing a record for the largest opening weekend for a film. On its opening day Friday, June 27, the film earned $30M, a record for the largest opening day for a film in China.
The fan favorite movie continued the series’ tradition of box office reign with over $600M earned worldwide since its opening on June 27th. Opening in 37 international territories and North America, and introducing a new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS universe, the film earned $185,397M domestically and $421.2M internationally thru Tuesday, July 8th.
Bay’s “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 7th highest grossing film of all time and earning $165M in China.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - THE BIGGEST 4-DAY OPENING OF ALL TIME IN SINGAPORE
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION dethrones IRON MAN 3 to become the no. 1 movie with the biggest 4-day opening weekend box office of all time in Singapore.
With a 4-day opening weekend box office of 5.2 million, it was a phenomenal success for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, beating not only the top blockbusters so far this year such as THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, but also every other movie title ever released in Singapore, including Marvel’s THE AVENGERS and all three previous Transformers movies.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION was also the only movie being released in Singapore on its opening day of June 26.
The 4th installment of the immensely successful Transformers franchise, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION picks up after events of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, in which an epic battle left a great city torn, but the world saved. Besides the return of fan favorites Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, the larger than life Dinobots will be making their debut in this movie.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION also stars an all new live action cast lead by Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing , Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver. The film is produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay. TRANSFORMERS AGE OF EXTINCTION is now showing in Singapore at all 3D & IMAX 3D cinemas.
The movie is also available in Dolby Atmos and D-Box cinemas.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - THE FALL OF CHICAGO
To bridge the gap between the end of the third film, and the beginning of AGE OF EXTINCTION - in the world post–Chicago, the existence of Transformers is no longer a secret and they are being hunted down because of the threat they pose to humans. The site will function as a propaganda site within the world of this fiction and will feature videos and articles pertaining to the threat the Transformers pose to our world.
JOHN GOODMAN AND KEN WATANABE JOIN THE AUTOBOT VOICE CAST IN MICHAEL BAY'S "TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION"
Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures.
Goodman and Watanabe will join legendary voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker.
Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron.
“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I've been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”
Rounding out the voice-over cast are actors John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth and Reno Wilson. DiMaggio and Ryan will take on the new characters Crosshairs and Lockdown respectively, while Foxworth reprises the role of Ratchet and Wilson returns as Brains.
A new chapter in the Transformers universe, “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION” stars an all new live action cast lead by Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing , Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver.
“TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION” begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.
The film is produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay.
Peter Cullen is known throughout the world as the voice of the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, on the popular 1980s cartoon series “The Transformers” and in Michael Bay’s “TRANSFORMERS” film franchise. Additionally, he has voiced the robots Ironhide, Slugslinger, Streetwise, Wingspan and Nightstick. He has lent his voice to “Winnie the Pooh’s” Eeyore on everything from cartoons and television commercials to theatrical promotions. His film credits include the voice of the title role in the remake of “KING KONG,” and the inhuman alien sounds in “PREDATOR.”
Frank Welker has voiced many recurring characters in “The Transformers” animated series, including eight of the original 14 Decepticons, Megatron, Galvatron, Soundwave, Skywrap, Laserbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage and Ratbat. On the big screen, he appeared as Soundwave and Ravage in “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” and as Soundwave and Shockwave in “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON.”
Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor John Goodman has lent his voice to numerous animated projects, including the films “CARS,” “MONSTERS, INC.,” “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY,” “THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG,” “THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE” and “THE JUNGLE BOOK II,” as well as NBC’s animated series “Father of the Pride.” His recent live action films include the Academy Award®-winning “ARGO” and “THE ARTIST,” “THE MONUMENTS MEN,” “TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE,” “FLIGHT,” and “EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE.” His many television credits include “Roseanne,” “Damages,” “Community,” “You Don’t Know Jack” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”
Stage, film and television actor Ken Watanabe played General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in “LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA,” the Chairman in “MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA” and Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in “THE LAST SAMURAI,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor. His most recent work includes roles in “BATMAN BEGINS,” “INCEPTION” and the upcoming “GODZILLA.”