Weekend Box Office: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Hits $100M

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No surprise, then, as predicted yesterday, Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of the franchise based on Hasbro’s popular toys earned an estimated $100 million this weekend.

By Sunday, Mark Wahlberg-led latest installment of morphing robots series had grossed $301.3 million worldwide.

The poorly-reviewed franchise reboot bested the last film in the series, 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which had a $97.9-million debut.

There’s no doubt that the first Transformers movie to not feature Shia LaBeouf was of no concern for moviegoers, though early audience reaction to the film on Flixster has been far less impressive. (Well, duh, it was never about the humans.)

Paramount reports that Transformers 4 has already brought in $90 million in China alone as well as $21 million-plus debuts in both Russia and South Korea.

The successful buddy comedy sequel 22 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum placed in a second with an estimated $15.4 million.

The CGI animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 was down by 47% on its third weekend, which is $12 million less than the original’s gross after three weekend.

The Kevin Hart-led ensemble comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too dropped three spots to land in fourth with an estimated $10.4 million.

Angelina Jolie‘s fairy tale epic Maleficent maintains fifth place with $8.2 million and is the fourth movie of the year to pass $200 million domestically.

Age of Extinction’s biggest competition next weekend will come from the Melissa McCarthy‘s comedy Tammy, but I think Autobots should remain on top.

Hit the jump for more estimates listed by title.

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All U.S. movie box-office figures provided by Box-Office Mojo.

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