Transformers: Age of Extinction
|Transformers: Age of Extinction|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Bay|
|Written by||Ehren Kruger|
|Music by||Steve Jablonsky|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Transformers: Age of Extinction (or simply Transformers 4) is a 2014 science fiction action film based on the Transformers franchise. It is the fourth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role, with Peter Cullen reprising his role as Optimus Prime. It is both a sequel to 2011's Dark of the Moon and a soft reboot of the franchise, and takes place five years later, after the Decepticon invasion of Chicago. Like its predecessors, the film is directed by Michael Bay and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Ehren Kruger is the film's screenwriter, having written every Transformers film since Revenge of the Fallen. The film features an entirely new cast of human characters and is the first in the series to feature the Dinobots. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Leadfoot & Brains. The film was released on June 27, 2014, in IMAX and 3D.
Upon its release, reception to the film was mostly negative among film critics. It received an average rating of 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the lowest rated film of the franchise. However, many praised the visual effects, the action sequences, Steve Jablonsky's musical score, and the performances of Wahlberg, Grammer, and Tucci. Despite the poor reviews, the film was a massive box office success, grossing over $1.087 billion worldwide, making it the tenth highest-grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing film of 2014, the second highest-grossing film in the Transformers series, and the nineteenth film to gross over $1 billion.
A fifth installment is set for a 2016 release.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Marketing
- 5 Release
- 6 Authenticity over box office performance
- 7 Sequel
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Sixty-five million years ago, alien beings begin wiping out most life on Earth. In the present, somewhere in the Arctic, a geologist named Darcy Tirrel discovers dinosaur corpses covered in a strange metal.
Five years after the Battle of Chicago, humanity has grown fearful of the Transformers. Cemetery Wind, an elite CIA black ops unit led by paranoid agent Harold Attinger and team leader James Savoy, has been assigned to hunt down the remaining Decepticons, but have been secretly hunting down the Autobots as well, believing them to be a threat also, despite the Autobots officially granted sanctuary by the government. With the aid of a Transformer bounty hunter Lockdown, they ambush and brutally kill Ratchet, as well as Leadfoot. However, their primary target is Optimus Prime, whom Lockdown personally wants alive.
In rural Texas, Cade Yeager, a struggling inventor, and his friend Lucas buy an old truck to strip it for parts in hopes of sending Cade's daughter Tessa to college. Cade soon discovers that the truck is an injured Optimus Prime and repairs him after unexpectedly bringing him back to life. Locating Optimus in Texas, Cemetery Wind and Lockdown confront and threaten the Yeagers before Optimus attacks the operatives. Cade, Tessa and Lucas are saved by Tessa's secret boyfriend, Shane Dyson. After a long chase through the town, one of Lockdown's grenade instantly kills Lucas while the others escape. Tensions rise between Cade and the two teenagers over their secret relationship while Optimus rallies the remaining Autobots: Bumblebee, Hound, Drift, and Crosshairs. Cade hacks into a drone he took from the Texas attack, learning of Cemetery Wind's partnership with a robotic corporation called KSI. They decide to infiltrate KSI headquarters in Chicago for more information.
Meanwhile Joshua Joyce, the head of KSI, shows Darcy that he has perfected Transformium, the metal that the Transformers are composed of, but needs more. He has imprisoned Brains to decode dead Transformers' and utilize their data for human-created Transformers. Joshua shows Darcy his prized creation Galvatron, created using data from Megatron. The Autobots storm the facility, but Joshua stops them, explaining that now they can create their own Transformers, that they don't need the Autobots anymore, and the Autobots leave.
Joshua, forced by Attinger, launches Galvatron and Stinger (a man-made Transformer similar to Bumblebee) to pursue the Autobots. Optimus fights Galvatron before Lockdown wounds him, capturing him and Tessa on his ship. He explains that beings he calls the Creators want Optimus back. Before leaving, Lockdown gives Cemetery Wind a Seed, giving the Autobots time to board the ship. Cade and Shane save Tessa and escape with Bumblebee while the others save Optimus and escape on a detachable ship before Lockdown's ship leaves Earth. Optimus and Brains reveal that Galvatron is Megatron reborn and has manipulated KSI in order to steal the Seed and create more Decepticons. Cade warns Joshua, who retreated to Beijing to use production facilities there, about Galvatron and Attinger. Joshua backs off his deal with Attinger while Galvatron activates by himself and infects all the KSI prototypes, recreating the Decepticon army. Joshua flees with the Seed to Hong Kong, with Attinger chasing him.
When the Autobots try to retrieve the Seed, their ship is shot down by the Decepticons, leaving the Yeagers, Hound and Bumblebee to fight. After Cade kills Savoy in a fist fight, the Decepticons leave the Autobots outnumbered. Knowing this, Optimus releases and tames the Dinobots. With their help, they defeat the Decepticons. However, Lockdown returns with a magnetic weapon to reclaim Optimus and the Dinobots. Optimus destroys it and fights Lockdown. Cade tries to help, but is held at gunpoint by Attinger, who is angered by Cade's choice to side with the Autobots. Optimus saves Cade by killing Attinger, but is immediately impaled by Lockdown with his sword to a wall. As Cade and Bumblebee distract Lockdown, Tessa and Shane use a tow truck to pull the sword out of Optimus, who then kills Lockdown. They finish off the remaining Decepticons and escape as Galvatron retreats and vows to fight Optimus another day.
Optimus sets the Dinobots free but decides to confront the Creators, knowing the Seed must be kept away from Earth. He requests the Autobots to protect Cade and his family before flying into space with the Seed, sending a message to the Creators that he is coming for them.
- Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, a single father and struggling inventor, who discovers Optimus Prime and is drawn into the Transformers' war.
- Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, the arrogant head of KSI who wants to build his own Transformers.
- Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger, a paranoid CIA agent who created the Cemetery Wind to eliminate all Transformers from Earth.
- Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, Cade's daughter who is secretly dating Shane and has a straining relationship with Cade.
- Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, Tessa's boyfriend and an Irish race car driver.
- Titus Welliver as James Savoy, field leader of the Cemetery Wind working for Attinger.
- Sophia Myles as Darcy Tirrel, Joshua's geologist assistant.
- Li Bingbing as Su Yueming (苏月明 Sū Yuèmíng), owner of the Chinese factory used by KSI to build their artificial Transformers.
- T. J. Miller as Lucas Flannery, Cade's best friend and a mechanic.
- James Bachman as Gill Wembley, a scientist working for Joshua.
- Thomas Lennon as Greg, the White House Chief of Staff.
- Charles Parnell as the CIA Director.
Melanie Specht and Victoria Summer both played Joshua's executive assistants. Ray Lui played a motorcyclist in Hong Kong, while Michael Wong was cast as a Hong Kong police officer. Han Geng had a cameo, singing and playing the guitar in a parked car that is magnetized by Lockdown's ship. General Motors Vice President of Design Edward T. Welburn had a cameo appearance as a KSI executive.
- Peter Cullen voices Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots who transforms into a rusty Marmon 97 semi truck and later, a blue and red Western Star 4900 Phantom Custom semi-trailer truck. Optimus has since lost his faith in humanity after the ambush that caused his injury and even considers leaving the planet until Cade convinces him to reconsider his faith in humanity.
- Bumblebee, an Autobot scout who transforms into a modified 1967 Camaro and later, a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro concept.
- John Goodman voices Hound, an Autobot commando who transforms into an Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle.
- Ken Watanabe voices Drift, an Autobot tactician and a former Decepticon who transforms into a black and blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and a helicopter.
- John DiMaggio voices Crosshairs, an Autobot paratrooper who transforms into a green 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray who speaks in a English accent.
- Robert Foxworth voices Ratchet, the Autobots' medical officer who transforms into a light green Rescue Hummer H2. / Leadfoot, an Autobot Wrecker who transforms into an armored version of the #42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Target car.
- Reno Wilson voices Brains, a former Decepticon drone turned Autobot.
- Grimlock, the leader fierce and territorial leader of the Dinobots who transforms into a horned, mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Strafe, a Dinobot who specializes in assault infantry and transforms into a mechanical two-headed and two-tailed Pteranodon.
- Slug, the savage destroyer amongst the Dinobots who transforms into a mechanical spiked and bestial Triceratops.
- Scorn, the Dinobots' demolition specialist who transforms into a mechanical three-sailed Spinosaurus.
- Frank Welker voices Galvatron, a human-made Transformer who becomes possessed by Megatron's mind, thus making him a new body for the Decepticon leader. He molecularity transforms into a black and grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over trailer truck. He has been secretly manipulating the human governments into creating their own Transformers for him to control so he can steal the Seed for himself and rebuild the Decepticon army.
- Stinger, a human-made Transformer inspired by Bumblebee who becomes a Decepticon spy and sabotage specialist. He molecularly transforms into a red and black 2013 Pagani Huayra.
- Junkheap, a human-made Transformer who becomes a Decepticon under Galvatron's control. He molecularly transforms into a Isuzu Giga garbage truck of Waste Management, Inc.
- Two-Heads, three two-headed recreations of Shockwave who become Decepticons under Galvatron's control.
- Traxes, mass-produced human-made drones who become Decepticons under Galvatron's control. They molecularly transform into different colored Chevrolet Traxes.
- Mark Ryan voices Lockdown, an intergalactic bounty hunter, aligned with neither side, who transforms into a grey 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700–4 Coupe, is working with Attinger to capture Optimus Prime for the humans in exchange for the Seed from him, being provided unlimited access to all of Attinger's CIA resources. Lockdown is working for unknown alien life forms whom he claims are the creators of the Transformers. He has a group of alien humanoid mercenaries and a pack of techno-organic wolves called Steeljaws under his command.
- The Creators, an unknown race of aliens whom Lockdown claims to be the Transformers' creators. They are seen very briefly in the film's opening when they use multiple Seeds to cyberform Earth, exterminating the dinosaurs. Years later, they hired Lockdown to apprehend Optimus Prime for unknown reasons.
During production for Dark of the Moon, Shia LaBeouf and Bay confirmed that they would not return for a fourth installment of the franchise. Roland Emmerich, Joe Johnston, Jon Turteltaub, Stephen Sommers, Louis Leterrier and David Yates were rumored to replace Bay. Jason Statham was rumored to star in the fourth installment. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner revealed that he was able to announce the film as he was talking with Steven Spielberg, Bay and Paramount. There were rumors that the fourth and fifth installment would be shot back-to-back with Statham as the lead role, which he and Bay denied. Spielberg hoped Bay would return for a fourth installment.
After final negotiations with Bay to direct the film, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed that there would be a fourth film in the franchise. In February 2012, Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay announced that Bay would be producing and directing a fourth Transformers film, scheduled for a June 27, 2014 release. The film continues the story in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, taking place four years later. Ehren Kruger and Steve Jablonsky returned to write the script and the score, respectively. In April 2013, it was announced that China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises would co-produce the film with Paramount.
On September 1, 2013, Fusible revealed three possible subtitles for the film, which were Last Stand, Future Cast, and Apocalypse. On September 2, TFW 2005 revealed one last possible title, Age of Extinction. On September 3, 2013, Paramount released an official teaser poster for the film, revealing the title to be Transformers: Age of Extinction.
In November 2012, Mark Wahlberg was cast in the film. Also in November 2012, The Hollywood Reporter reported that casting had begun for two additional leads: the daughter to Wahlberg's character and her boyfriend, a race car driver. Isabelle Cornish, Nicola Peltz, Gabriella Wilde, and Margaret Qualley were all considered for the role of the daughter, while Luke Grimes, Landon Liboiron, Brenton Thwaites, Jack Reynor, and Hunter Parrish were all considered for the boyfriend. The leads are contracted for three films. In January 2013, Reynor was cast as the boyfriend, and in March 2013, Nicola Peltz was cast as Wahlberg's daughter.
Peter Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime. Glenn Morshower stated in September 2012 that he would appear in the next two films, reprising his role of General Morshower, but Morshower announced in May 2013 that he would not be able to appear in the new films due to a scheduling conflict. In April 2013, Bay revealed that actor Stanley Tucci had joined the cast. On May 1, 2013, actor Kelsey Grammer was cast as the lead human villain named Harold Attinger. On May 6, 2013, actress Sophia Myles was cast in a major role. That same month, Chinese actress Li Bingbing and comedian T. J. Miller joined the cast. On July 14, 2013, Bay announced that Han Geng had joined the cast. That same month, Titus Welliver also joined the cast.
Bay announced that filming had begun on May 28, 2013, alongside the announcement that they had begun filming in Monument Valley, Utah. Detroit, Michigan, was used as a stand-in for Hong Kong while McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, was redressed to portray a city in China. It was the first feature film to be shot using smaller digital IMAX 3D cameras. In addition, the film was shot on a variety of other formats, including IMAX 70mm film cameras, digital stereo 3D, and anamorphic and spherical 35mm film. Through May 28 to June 24, 2013, Michael Bay uploaded photographs of several cars that will feature in the film, all of which are apparently Autobots. They were uploaded to his social networks including Facebook and Flickr. The film featured two unknown Autobots who transformed into a black and blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (going by production name "Drift"), and a green 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray concept (going by production name "Slingshot"). Also revealed is a truck from Western Star Trucks would be Optimus Prime's new alternate mode. The Dinobots and Lockdown were confirmed to appear. On October 29, Michael Bay's Official Twitter Account tweeted that the principal photography of Transformers 4 is done in Hong Kong and they would be heading to Chinese mainland. According to previous reports, Bay and crew would be filming in China for 1 week. Additional filming in Detroit began in early 2014; a pair of steamships (Columbia and Ste. Clair) which once joined Detroit to Bois Blanc Island's amusement park were partially restored as props for the film.
On October 17, 2013, while filming in Hong Kong, Bay was assaulted by two brothers surnamed Mak, who demanded a payment of HK$100,000 (US$12,900). The elder brother had also assaulted three police officers during the incident. Both brothers and a third man surnamed Chan were arrested on suspicion of assault, with the younger Mak also charged on suspicion of blackmail. The Mak brothers pleaded guilty to both charges in February 2014. The two brothers were incarcerated, with the prosecutor citing that the case had attracted a great deal of media attention and affected Hong Kong's image.
Industrial Light & Magic's VFX supervisor Scott Farrar who supervised on all four films in the Transformers franchise was brought in to render the visual effects. He said the film contains about 90 minutes (of the 165 minutes) of visual effects.
Imagine Dragons wrote a single specifically for the film itself, titled "Battle Cry", that was implemented in key parts of the film by Bay. Imagine Dragons also worked with Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer to contribute additional music to the film's score.
The first televised advertisement for Transformers: Age of Extinction aired during Super Bowl XLVIII. In a poll by Fandango, the spot was determined to be the most anticipated film trailer to be shown, receiving 48% of the vote in the poll. The first official teaser trailer was released on March 4, 2014. A viral marketing campaign was started for the film upon the teaser trailer's release. On March 30, 2014, a shortened version of the teaser trailer was aired during the season 4 finale of The Walking Dead. Another shortened version of the teaser trailer was aired during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
Hasbro released an app on May 8 surrounding the film available for iOS and Android devices, allowing users to access exclusive material such as character biographies, images, and interviews with the stars, among other things. A clip featuring never-before-seen scenes from the film and an interview with Imagine Dragons aired during The Voice on May 12, 2014.
DeNA and Hasbro teamed up to construct an official mobile video game for the film. The game was first announced on May 13, 2014, though, the title is still in active development. Also on this date, Oreo launched a marketing campaign to promote the film. This included a television commercial where a boy gives a wounded Optimus Prime an Oreo cookie to continue the fight.
An exclusive theatrical trailer debuted on May 15 on iTunes Movie Trailers at 12:01 AM Pacific Standard Time. On May 21, 2014, two television spots appeared online, both containing new footage from the film. The film's viral campaign updated on May 22, showcasing all-new posters and realistic news reports of the damage done to Chicago from the third film. Three more television spots, all sporting new footage, appeared online on May 30, 2014.
Imagine Dragons's single for the film officially released online on June 2, 2014.
Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz made multiple appearances in the Twin Cities on June 8, 2014. During an appearance on the Canadian version of The Morning Show, both Reynor and Peltz promised big things that would please fans. Kelsey Grammer made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on June 9, 2014. During his visit, the very first clip from the film debuted, showcasing Grammer's character and Wahlberg's in a heated argument. During the first commercial break for the show, a brand new television spot aired. On June 10, 2014, two television spots appeared online, both containing extensive new footage from the film.
Three more television spots appeared online on June 14, 2014, containing new footage of the Dinobots transforming and of Lockdown speaking. On June 17, a brand new television spot aired on Comedy Central containing new footage. Another television spot appeared online on June 18, sporting new footage as well.
In February 2014, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, developed by Edge of Reality, published by Activision was announced as a companion to the film. It was released in June 2014 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Transformers: Age of Extinction was a box office success like its predecessor despite being panned by critics and became the only film of 2014 to cross the $1 billion mark. It grossed $245,439,076 in the United States and $841,850,000 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1,087,404,499. Worldwide, in its opening weekend, the film earned $302.1 million, which is the 13th highest ever, the highest in 2014 and second largest for Paramount behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($382.4 million). It became the tenth highest-grossing film worldwide, as well as the highest-grossing film of 2014, the second highest-grossing film in the Transformers film series, the eleventh highest-grossing film of Paramount (domestically). It is the second film in the Transformers installment to earn over $1 billion following Dark of the Moon. It reached a milestone of $300 (3 days), $400 million (6 days), $500 million (10 days), $600 million (13 days), $700 million (16 days), $800 million (23 days), $900 million (28 days) and $1 billion (38 days).
Transformers: Age of Extinction is the 88th highest-grossing film in North America. The film was released on June 27, 2014 in across 4,233 theaters in North America. It earned $8.75 million from midnight screenings which is the fifth biggest of 2014 behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ($17 million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($11.2 million), Godzilla ($10.5 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($9.2 million). On Friday the film grossed an additional $31.25 million bringing it's total day gross to $41.6 million, which includes $10.7 million from IMAX theaters. In its opening weekend the film earned $100,038,390[nb 1] ($22,633 per theater), which is the second largest opening of 2014 behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ($121.9 million), the 4th largest for Paramount and the 28th largest overall. It is the fourth largest opening for a film released in June behind Man of Steel ($116 million), Toy Story 3 ($110 million), and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($108 million). The opening-weekend audience was evenly split among those under and over the age of 25, with 58%, male, 64%, and 27% under 18 years old. The film grossed $36.4 million in the Fourth of July weekend (down 64%) and earned $54.8 million (Wednesday to Sunday) for a second week total of $174.7 million in North America.
In its third week, the film was knocked off from the top of the box office by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($73 million) and earned $16.5 million (down 55%) for a total of $209 million and became the fifth film of 2014 to cross the $200 million mark. The film closed down its theatrical run on October 9, 2014 and earned a total of $245,439,076 making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2014 and the 88th highest-grossing film in North America.
Outside North America, the film is the sixth-highest grossing film. Transformers: Age of Extinction was released internationally on more than 10,152 screens. The film earned $202.1 million from 37 foreign markets in its opening weekend which is the eight-largest overseas openings of all time. The film set a worldwide IMAX opening-weekend record with $27.3 million (previously held by The Dark Knight Rises) and only behind Iron Man 3 ($28.6 million from 592 IMAX theaters). Its biggest opener outside the U.S. was in China, where it scored one of the biggest non-North American openings of all time with $92 million from 4,400 screens which is also the second biggest opening in China behind Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons ($92.46 million). After five days of its release, the fourth Transformers movie surpassed its North American run with $134.5 million. In Russia the film opened at number one with $21.7 million from 1,100 screens which is the second largest in the territory for which 3D accounted for 80% of the total gross. It earned $2.6 million from IMAX screens. Other high openings include South Korea ($21.5 million), Australia ($10 million), Taiwan ($8.3 million), and Hong Kong ($4.8 million). In India, the film was distributed by Viacom 18 and opened in 1400 screens in 770 locations and earned around 32 crore (US$5.0 million) in its opening weekend which is the third highest for a Hollywood title behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($6.92 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man ($5.7 million) and has so far earned $10.22 million at the Indian box office.
Age of Extinction earned $95.8 (down 52%) million in its second week from 37 territories. In China, the film earned an additional $50.9 million in its second weekend for a total of $212.8 million. In only 10 days of its release, it became the highest-grossing film in China with $222.74 million, thus overtaking Avatar's previous record. In its third week, the film earned an additional $102 million (up 6%) from 50 territories, for which China contributed $25 million alone. Adding to the film's revenue and popularity were product placements of Chinese brands edited into the movie specifically for Chinese audiences.
The film was released to a further 59 territories after the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and earned $81.2 million (down 20%) in its fourth weekend, pushing its foreign gross to $659.1 million and $886.3 million worldwide, making it the first film of 2014 to pass the $800 million mark. The highest debut weekend from the newly released markets came from Brazil ($16.5 million), Germany ($11.2 million), France ($8.8 million) and Italy ($5 million). On a worldwide base, the film had the second highest global weekend gross during its fourth weekend with $91.2 million only behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($97 million). In its fifth weekend, the film earned $37.5 million (down 53%) pushing it's global gross to more than $966 million. It became the first film of 2014 to gross more than $900 million. In its sixth weekend (August 1–3) the film added $19.1 million overseas pushing it's global gross to over $1 billion. Thus, it became the first film of 2014 and the nineteenth film overall to reach this milestone and second in the Transformers film series following Dark of the Moon.
Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the highest-grossing movie in China, with over $301 million in revenue surpassing 2009's record set by Avatar ($204 million). It is also the first and only movie in China to gross more than $300 million at the box office.
At the end of its theatrical run outside North America, the film earned $841,965,423 which is 77.4% of its total gross. The highest revenue came from China ($301 million), Russia ($45.2 million), South Korea ($43.3 million), Germany ($38.2 million), Mexico ($33.5 million) and the UK ($33.1 million).
As of October 2014, based on 176 reviews collected by the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Age of Extinction has received an overall rating average of 18%, with an average score of 3.8 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads: "With the fourth installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 32 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". In CinemaScore polls, users gave the film an "A-" on an F to A+ scale compared to the "B+" that the original film had scored and "A" for both the second and third movie.
Richard Roeper gave the film a D, saying that: "the longer the movie goes on, the less interesting it becomes; it just wears you down. As we were finally reaching the 165-minute mark, all that noise and fury was about as exciting as the special effects in an Ed Wood movie." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film zero out of four stars, calling it "the worst and most worthless Transformers movie yet." Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film one-and-a-half out of four stars, commenting that "This series was never good, but it was once fun, or at least flashy. Now that its gears have gone rusty, it’s time for an Alien vs. Predator-style rethink." A. O. Scott of The New York Times said in his review that: "The story is scaffolding for the action, and like every other standing structure it is wrecked in a thunderous shower of metal, glass, masonry and earth."
Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter commented on his review that it "barely skirts the idea that humankind and planet Earth are about to be totally annihilated. What is extinguished is the audience's consciousness after being bombarded for nearly three hours with overwrought emotions ('There's a missile in the living room!' Tessa hollers — twice), bad one-liners and battles that rarely rise above the banal. A trio of editors make a technical marvel out of the fight scenes, but can do little to link the story's multiple threads into something coherent." Roth Cornet of IGN gave the film a score of 6.3 out of 10, praising the slightly darker/surprising tone and Lockdown and his ship while criticizing the logic/script issues and long running time. Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave the film one out of five stars, commenting that "If the 'human scenes' all reek of adolescent dialogue and dopey snark masquerading as character development, it's a toss-up if that's better or worse than seeing clattering collections of caliginous junk."
Transformers: Age of Extinction was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Blu-ray 3D formats on September 30, 2014 in North America. The film was also released on digital download through iTunes and Google Play on September 16, 2014.
Authenticity over box office performance
On July 1, 2014, there was controversy over the film's North American box office performance. In its debut weekend, the film grossed $100,038,000, which is the highest opening for a film in 2014. However, various critics and reviewers have assumed that Paramount inflated the number. Rival Studio claimed that the figure was close to $97 million; the source of their information remains unknown. Anita Busch from Deadline wrote:
"They're lying," said one distribution head at a major studio. Said another, "I don't get it. Is it just arrogance? What is the point of inflating your box office numbers? So they can claim the first $100M movie opening of the year? Oh please, who cares? It's a great opening anyway." One insider at Paramount with knowledge of the financials told Deadline that "[t]here [have] been concerns that there could be more layoffs if Transformers 4 didn't hit the $100M mark. So maybe that's what's going on. Even so, everyone in town and I mean everyone has it much less than $100M."
A fifth Transformers film is planned for release in 2016. Bay will not return to direct the film. However, during an interview with MTV in December 2014 while promoting his film The Gambler, Walhberg confirmed to return for another film, despite Bay's departure.
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- The $100 million opening for Transformers: Age of Extinction is disputed within the industry. According to Rentrak—which has a direct line into the vast majority of theaters in the United States and Canada to track actual ticket sales—about 4,100 of the 4,233 theaters playing the film generated $95.9 million. The projected total from the Rentrak sales data would put the opening three-day weekend gross at around $97.5 million. For Transformers to have crossed the $100 million threshold, it would have needed to gross more than the nation-wide average in the theaters not tracked by Rentrak. Some media outlets have elected to go with the Rentrak figure.
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