By Pamela McClintock
Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the second movie in the toy-to-film franchise to hit the $1 billion mark worldwide.
The Paramount tentpole reached the milestone thanks in large part to a massive showing in China, where Age of Extinction is the top-grossing title of all time, with more than $300 million in ticket sales (it’s the first film to ever cross $300 million at the Chinese box office).
Age of Extinction, the fourth installment in the series, is the first film of 2014 to reach $1 billion in global ticket sales. It’s done far more internationally, earning $763.8 million overseas, compared to $241.2 million domestically, a franchise low.
The last film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon took in $1.12 billion globally in summer 2011. The first Transformers grossed $709 million, while sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen earned $836 million.