Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Transformers: Age of Extinction
Transformers Age of Extinction Poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Bay
Produced by
Screenplay by Ehren Kruger
Based on Transformers 
by Hasbro
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Amir Mokri
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19) (Hong Kong premiere)
  • June 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) (China and United States)
Running time
165 minutes[2][3]
Country
Language English
Budget $210 million[4]
Box office $1.104 billion[4]

Transformers: Age of Extinction (or simply Transformers 4) is a 2014 American 3D science fiction action film based on the Transformers franchise. It is the fourth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a stand-alone sequel to 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, taking place five years after the battle of Chicago. Like its predecessors, it was directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, with Steven Spielberg and Bay as executive producers. It stars Mark Wahlberg, with Peter Cullen reprising his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, as the lead roles. It is the first film in the series to not feature the original human characters from the first three films, but features a new cast of human characters and many new Transformers, including the Dinobots. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Leadfoot and Brains. The film was released on June 27, 2014, in IMAX and 3D.[5]

The film received overwhelming negative reviews from critics. It received an average rating of 18% from all critics, and 6% from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, it is the worst reviewed film in the series.[citation needed] It also received seven nominations at the 35th Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, with Bay and Kelsey Grammer winning the awards for Worst Director and Worst Supporting Actor respectively.[6] 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. The film grossed over $1.104 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2014, the second highest-grossing film in the Transformers series, the 19th film to gross over $1 billion, and the 16th highest-grossing film of all time. It is also the only film to gross over $1 billion in 2014.

A fifth film, Transformers: The Last Knight, is set to be released on June 23, 2017, with Cullen and Wahlberg returning and Bay directing again. A sixth film, serving as a Bumblebee spin-off, is scheduled for a 2018 release and a seventh film, Transformers 6, is scheduled for a 2019 release and will serve as the sixth main entry in the series.

Plot[edit]

65 million years ago, an alien race known as "the Creators" invade prehistoric Earth, wiping out most of life on the planet with "Seeds". One baby dinosaur is seen and survives the attack. In the present, the public has become fearful of Transformers following the Battle of Chicago and the U.S. government has terminated all joint operations with the Autobots. Cemetery Wind, an elite CIA black ops division formed by Harold Attinger, was requested to destroy the remaining Decepticons. However, they have also been hunting down Autobots, believing that all Transformers are a threat. Aided by Cybertronian bounty hunter Lockdown, Cemetery Wind tracks down and kills Ratchet, who refuses to expose the whereabouts of Optimus Prime, whom Lockdown wants alive.

In Texas, financially struggling inventor Cade Yeager and his friend Lucas Flannery discover an old truck in an abandoned theater and buy it to repair and sell it for Cade's daughter, Tessa, and her college funds. Cade discovers that the truck is an injured Optimus and revives him. Having tracked them down, Attinger's right-hand man James Savoy leads Cemetery Wind to the Yeagers home where they threaten the family and Lucas just before Optimus rescues them. Cade, Tessa and Lucas escape with Tessa's secret boyfriend, Shane Dyson, but after a lengthy chase, Lucas is killed by Lockdown's grenade. Optimus rallies the remaining Autobots, Bumblebee, Hound, Drift, and Crosshairs in the desert. Using a spy drone Cade took during the attack, the Autobots learn of Kinetic Solutions Incorporated (KSI), a technology firm partnered with Cemetery Wind, and decide to infiltrate KSI headquarters in Chicago.

Meanwhile, Joshua Joyce, KSI's founder, reveals he has imprisoned Brains to decode dead Transformers' minds for raw materials and utilize their data for human-created Transformers. The Autobots storm KSI, but Joshua stops them, proclaiming they are no longer needed. Disillusioned, the Autobots leave the facility. Forced by Attinger, Joshua launches prototypes Galvatron and Stinger, created using data from Megatron and Bumblebee, to pursue the Autobots. Optimus fights Galvatron, who becomes autonomous due to Megatron's influence, but the fight is cut short when Lockdown disables Optimus, capturing him and Tessa; Lockdown reveals that the Creators want Optimus back.

Lockdown moves his ship into downtown Chicago to give Savoy a Seed, allowing the Autobots to board the ship and rescue Optimus and Tessa, escaping using a detachable part of Lockdown's ship. Meanwhile, Joshua decides to retreat to China for production facilities. Optimus explain to Cade that Galvatron is actually Megatron, who has been plotting to steal the Seed so he can rebuild his Decepticon army. Cade contacts Joshua and warns him about Galvatron and Attinger. Joshua, now aware of Attinger's true motivations and intentions, betrays him. Elsewhere, Galvatron activates himself and infects all KSI prototypes, transforming them into Decepticons. Joshua flees with the Seed to Hong Kong, with Attinger and Galvatron in pursuit.

When the Autobots try to retrieve the Seed in Hong Kong, their ship is shot down by the Decepticons, leaving Bumblebee, Hound, Cade, Tessa and Shane to fight. Cade and Savoy fight, which ends in Savoy falling to his death. With the Decepticons overwhelming the Autobots, Optimus releases and tames legendary warriors, the Dinobots, who assist them in fighting the Decepticons, where Bumblebee successfully kills Stinger. Afterwards, Lockdown returns and confronts Optimus. When Cade arrives to help Optimus, he is held at gunpoint by Attinger. Optimus saves Cade by blasting Attinger dead, but Lockdown impales Optimus with his sword. Cade and Bumblebee fight and manage to distract Lockdown long enough for Tessa and Shane to pull the sword from Optimus' chest, which Optimus uses to finally kill Lockdown. Witnessing the Autobot victory, Galvatron retreats, with an ominous promise to return now that he is reborn. Optimus, Cade, Tessa and Shane reunite with the other Autobots, and Optimus sets the Dinobots free. After asking the Autobots to protect the Yeagers, Optimus flies into space with the Seed, sending a message to the Creators that he is coming for them.

Cast[edit]

Humans[edit]

  • Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, a single father and struggling inventor.[7]
  • Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, the ambitiously arrogant head of KSI who wants to build his own Transformers.[8][9]
  • Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger, a paranoid CIA director and government official who created the CIA black-ops unit Cemetery Wind to eliminate all Transformers, Autobot or Decepticon, from Earth.[10]
  • Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, Cade's daughter who is secretly dating Shane.
  • Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, Tessa's boyfriend and an Irish rally car driver.[11][12]
  • Titus Welliver as James Savoy, a ruthless CIA Agent and field leader of the Cemetery Wind unit working for Attinger.[13]
  • Sophia Myles as Darcy Lewis, Joshua's geologist assistant and ex-girlfriend.[14][15]
  • Li Bingbing as Su Yueming (苏月明 Sū Yuèmíng), owner of the Chinese factory used by KSI to build their artificial Transformers.[16]
  • T. J. Miller as Lucas Flannery, Cade's best friend and a mechanic.[17]
  • James Bachman as Gill Wembley, a scientist working with Joshua Joyce at KSI.
  • Thomas Lennon as the Chief of Staff.

Greg Anderson, Melanie Specht and Victoria Summer play Joshua's assistants.[18][19] Han Geng portrays himself, playing the guitar and singing in a parked car that is magnetized by Lockdown's ship.[20] Edward T. Welburn plays a KSI executive.[21] Kevin Covais plays a motorist.[22]

Transformers[edit]

Autobots[edit]

Ironhide, Arcee, Prowl and Wheeljack make cameos, depicted on cards stamped with an X to indicate their deaths. An Autobot Wrecker, Leadfoot, makes a cameo in video footage shown after Cade steals the KSI spy drone. Sentinel Prime's head is seen in the KSI labs, where they download data from the dead Transformers' remains.

Dinobots[edit]

Decepticons[edit]

  • Frank Welker voices Galvatron, a human-made KSI Transformer modeled after Optimus Prime, but using data downloaded from the remains of Megatron, becoming possessed by the Decepticon leader. He molecularly transforms into a black and grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over trailer truck.[26][27][28][29]
  • Stinger, a human-made KSI Transformer modeled after Bumblebee who later becomes a Decepticon and molecularly transforms into a red and black 2013 Pagani Huayra.[24][25][26][27]
  • Junkheap, a human-made KSI Transformer who has a three-man splitting technique and later becomes a Decepticon under Galvatron's control. It molecularly transforms into a Mack garbage truck of Waste Management, Inc.[30]
  • Traxes, human-made KSI Transformers modeled after Roadbuster who later become Decepticons under Galvatron's control and molecularly transform into red, blue, black or white Chevrolet Traxes.[31]
  • "Two-Heads", two-headed human-made KSI Transformers modeled from the remains of Shockwave who later become Decepticons under Galvatron's control.
  • "KSI Bosses", human-made KSI Transformers modeled after Barricade who later become Decepticons under Galvatron's control.

Starscream and Loader make cameos depicted on cards stamped with an X to indicate their deaths. Barricade and the Decepticon Protoforms make cameos in footage from the Battle of Chicago. Megatron's head is seen in the KSI labs, where they download data from the dead Transformers' remains. The Insecticons make a cameo, transferring data from Megatron's mind, infecting the Galvatron drone.

Others[edit]

  • Mark Ryan voices Lockdown, a Cybertronian bounty hunter and a former Decepticon who transforms into a grey 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700–4 Coupe and works for the Creators to bring Optimus Prime to them.[24][26]
  • Steeljaws, the techno-organic dog-like minions of Lockdown.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

During production for Dark of the Moon, Shia LaBeouf and Bay confirmed that they would not return for a fourth installment of the franchise.[32] Roland Emmerich, Joe Johnston, Jon Turteltaub, Stephen Sommers, Louis Leterrier and David Yates were rumored to replace Bay.[33] 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.[34] 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.[35] Spielberg hoped Bay would return for a fourth installment.[36]

After final negotiations with Bay to direct the film,[37] producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed that there would be a fourth film in the franchise.[38] 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.[39][40] The film will not be a reboot but a sequel to Dark of the Moon,[12] taking place four years later.[41] Ehren Kruger and Steve Jablonsky returned to write the script and the score, respectively.[42] In April 2013, it was announced that China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises would co-produce the film with Paramount.[43][44]

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.[45][46] On September 3, 2013, Paramount released an official teaser poster for the film, revealing the title to be Transformers: Age of Extinction.[47]

Casting[edit]

In November 2012, Mark Wahlberg was cast in the film.[7] 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.[11] In January 2013, Reynor was cast as the boyfriend,[12] and in March 2013, Nicola Peltz was cast as Wahlberg's daughter.[48]

Peter Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime.[23] 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.[49] In April 2013, Bay revealed that actor Stanley Tucci had joined the cast.[50] On May 1, 2013, actor Kelsey Grammer was cast as the lead human villain named Harold Attinger.[51] On May 6, 2013, actress Sophia Myles was cast in a major role.[14] That same month, Chinese actress Li Bingbing and comedian T. J. Miller joined the cast.[52] On July 14, 2013, Bay announced that Han Geng had joined the cast.[20] That same month, Titus Welliver also joined the cast.[13]

Filming[edit]

Michael Bay filming Transformers: Age of Extinction; actresses Abigail Klein, Melanie Specht and Victoria Summer are walking in a corridor.

Bay announced that filming had begun on May 28, 2013, in Monument Valley, Utah. Detroit, Michigan, was used as a stand-in for Hong Kong[53] while McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, was re-dressed to portray a city in China.[54] The movie was the first feature film to be shot using smaller digital IMAX 3D cameras.[50] It also was shot in various other formats, including IMAX 70mm film cameras, digital stereo 3D, and anamorphic and spherical 35mm film.[55] From May 28 to June 24, 2013, Michael Bay uploaded photographs of several cars featured in the film, all apparently Autobots, to social networks including Facebook and Flickr. The film featured two unknown Autobots that 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 was a truck from Western Star Trucks as 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 principal photography of Transformers 4 had been completed in Hong Kong, China and the cast and crew were heading to the Chinese mainland. (According to previous reports, they would be filming there for one week.)[56] Additional filming in Detroit began in early 2014; a pair of steamships (Columbia and Ste. Clair) which had once traveled between Detroit and Bois Blanc Island's amusement park were partially restored and used as props for the film.[57]

Incidents[edit]

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 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.[58] The Mak brothers pleaded guilty to both charges in February 2014 and were incarcerated, with the prosecutor noting that the case had attracted a great deal of media attention and affected Hong Kong's image.[59]

Post-production[edit]

Industrial Light & Magic's VFX supervisor Scott Farrar, who had also supervised the three prior films in the Transformers franchise, rendered the visual effects. He said the film contains about ninety minutes of visual effects (out of the movie's 165-minute length).[60] Farrer said it was the biggest project, using the largest crew, of his career, and noted that over five hundred crews had worked on it, using various facilities.[61]

The nine different formats used in the film included IMAX film, IMAX digital, single-frame anamorphic film, GoPros, crashcams, Red cameras on 3Ality stereo 3D gigs, and red cameras for 2D.[61]

Music[edit]

Like its predecessors, Steve Jablonsky composed the film's score, marking his sixth film collaboration with director Michael Bay, four of which are Transformers films. The film's score was praised by critics and fans. The soundtrack album sold more than 15,000 units worldwide. It is also the first Transformers film not to feature a Linkin Park song.

Skrillex worked on sound design for the film, having said that he was creating "the craziest Skrillex sounds I could ever make" and mentioned working on sounds for the Dinobots.[62][63]

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.[64]

Linkin Park's new single "Until It's Gone" is included in the video game soundtrack of the movie.[65]

On June 30, 2014, an extended play was digitally released on iTunes, featuring four tracks as a teaser for the full official score, which features variations of the four themes.[66] On July 4, 2014, the long play was released digitally on iTunes containing the full score of the film.[67] The soundtrack album was released on CD by record label La-La Land Records on October 7, 2014.

On November 20, 2014, Steve Jablonsky released a statement via Facebook saying that the score would no longer be available on iTunes and other digital music stores after it had reached its limit of 15,000 units before re-use fees would have to be paid. Jablonsky personally expressed his own disappointment in the turn of events, hoping there would be a way to eventually re-release the score, along with the score to Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which had also been removed from iTunes and other digital music stores several months prior when it too reached the 15,000 unit limit.[68]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere in Hong Kong on June 19, with a live concert by Imagine Dragons.[69]

Marketing[edit]

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.[70] The first official teaser trailer was released on March 4, 2014.[71] A viral marketing campaign was started for the film upon the teaser trailer's release.[72] 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.

Chevrolet aired a commercial at the New York International Auto Show featuring General Motors vehicles with clips from the film, along with putting them on display.[73]

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.[74] 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.[75] Also on this date, Oreo launched a marketing campaign to promote the film.[76] This included a television commercial where a boy gives a wounded Optimus Prime an Oreo cookie to continue the fight.[77]

An exclusive theatrical trailer debuted on May 15 on iTunes Movie Trailers at 12:01 AM Pacific Standard Time.[78] On May 21, 2014, two television spots appeared online, both containing new footage from the film.[79] 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.[80] Three more television spots, all sporting new footage, appeared online on May 30, 2014.[81][82][83]

Imagine Dragons's single for the film officially released online on June 2, 2014.[84]

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.[85] 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.[86] On June 10, 2014, two television spots appeared online, both containing extensive new footage from the film.[citation needed]

At the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on March 29, 2014, Mark Wahlberg, who stars in the film, hosted the event. There was also a transmission from Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, and Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor assembled with Wahlberg to take out cannons that fired slime.

Three more television spots appeared online on June 14, 2014, containing new footage of the Dinobots transforming and of Lockdown speaking.[87] On June 17, a brand new television spot aired on Comedy Central containing new footage.[citation needed] Another television spot appeared online on June 18, sporting new footage as well.[citation needed]

The film's unusual marketing strategy of letting people video the shooting of the film in select locations was the subject of film critic Kevin B. Lee's critical video essay Transformers: The Premake.[88]

Video games[edit]

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.[89]

In summer 2014, Rovio and Hasbro announced Angry Birds Transformers. The game has Transformers movie designs on two of the characters.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

Transformers: Age of Extinction grossed $245,439,076 in the United States and $858,600,000 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1,104,039,076.[4] It was the only film of 2014 to earn over $1 billion at the box office worldwide.[90] Deadline.com calculated the net profit of the film to be $250.2 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film, making it the most profitable film of 2014.[90] Worldwide, in its opening weekend, the film earned $302.1 million, which is the 14th highest ever, the highest in 2014, and the second largest for Paramount behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($382.4 million).[91] It was the 15th highest-grossing film worldwide, the highest-grossing film of 2014, the second highest-grossing film in the Transformers film series, and the 11th highest-grossing film of Paramount (domestically).[92] It is the second film in the Transformers installment to earn over $1 billion following Dark of the Moon[93] and the 19th film overall.

North America[edit]

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fifth highest-grossing film of 2014 in the U.S. and Canada.[94] It was released on June 27, 2014 in across 4,233 theaters in North America. It earned $8.75 million from Thursday late-night run, which was the fifth biggest of 2014.[95] On Friday, the film grossed an additional $31.25 million bringing its total day gross to $41.6 million, including $10.7 million from IMAX theaters. In its opening weekend, the film earned $100,038,390[nb 1] setting an opening record of 2014 (overtaken by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with $121.9 million),[98] which is the fourth-highest opening for Paramount,[99] and the fifth-highest for a film released in June.[100] The opening-weekend audience was evenly split among those under and over the age of 25 (with 58%), male (64%), and under 18 (27%).[101] The film remained at the summit for two consecutive weekends before being overtaken by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in its third weekend. It also crossed the $200 million mark in its third weekend, becoming the fifth film of 2014 to do so.[102][103] The film closed down its theatrical run on October 9, 2014[104] and earned a total of $245,439,076, making it the highest-grossing film of 2014. But despite being the second highest grossing film in the series, and the highest grossing film of 2014, it's total box office gross fell below the total of the previous films.[104][105]

Outside North America[edit]

Outside North America, it is the highest-grossing film of 2014,[106] and the sixth-highest-grossing film.[107] Transformers: Age of Extinction earned $202.1 million in its opening weekend from 37 countries in 10,152 screens, which is 35% bigger than Dark of the Moon and marking the biggest overseas opening of 2014 (breaking X-Men: Days of Future Past's record set one month prior).[108] It scored the biggest IMAX overseas opening weekend with $16.6 million from 266 theaters (overtaken by Jurassic World).[108][109] The film topped the box office outside North America for four consecutive weekends despite coinciding with the 2014 FIFA World Cup before being overtaken by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in its fifth weekend.[110]

International openings of over $5 million occurred in South Korea ($21.7 million), Brazil ($16.5 million), Germany ($11.2 million), Australia ($9.6 million),France ($8.8 million), Taiwan ($8.1 million), Malaysia ($6.7 million), Japan ($6.4 million), the Philippines ($5.7 million), India ($5.35 million), Hong Kong ($5.1 million), and Italy ($5 million).[108] In Russia, the film opened to 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. IMAX comprised $2.6 million of the total gross from 34 IMAX screens.[108] 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 $91.2 million from 4,400 screens, which was once the second biggest opening of all time there.[108][111] The film set an all time IMAX opening record with $9.7 million.[108][112] After five days of its release, Age of Extinction surpassed its North American run with $134.5 million.[113][114] 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.[115][116][117] Adding to the film's revenue and popularity were product placements of Chinese brands edited into the movie specifically for Chinese audiences.[118]

It became the highest-grossing film in China, with $301–$320 million[nb 2] in revenue surpassing 2009's record set by Avatar ($204 million),[120][125][126] until it was surpassed by Furious 7 in 2015 over $390 million.[127] It is also the first movie in China to gross more than $300 million at the box office.[128] A large part of the success in China has been attributed to the large fan base there and because of its accompanying animated TV series–which ran during the 1980s and 1990–was one of the highest quality TV programs at that time which resulted in many children getting attached to it. Transformers toy merchandising was one of the first successful cases by a foreign company in China at its time, its line of transforming robot toys was highly sought after, especially by boys.[129]

At the end of its theatrical run outside North America, the film earned $858,600,000 which is 77.8% of its total gross. In total earnings, 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).[130]

Authenticity over North American box office opening[edit]

The $100 million opening announced for Transformers: Age of Extinction is disputed within the industry. According to Rentrak—which has a direct line into the vast majority of theatres in the United States and Canada to track actual ticket sales—about 4,100 of the 4,233 theatres 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 nationwide average in the theatres not tracked by Rentrak. Some media outlets have elected to go with the Rentrak figure.[96][97]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a "rotten" rating of 18% (the lowest rating for a Bay film) based on 181 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9 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."[131] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 32 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[132] In CinemaScore polls, users gave the film an "A-" on an A+ to F scale compared to the "B+" that the second film had scored and "A" for both the first and third movies.[133]

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."[134] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film zero out of four stars, calling it "the worst and most worthless Transformers movie yet."[135] 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."[136] 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."[137]

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."[138] 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."[139] 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."[140]

Home media[edit]

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.

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Winner/Nominee Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain Kelsey Grammer Nominated
Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nicola Peltz Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Transformers: Age of Extinction Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star Mark Wahlberg Nominated
2014 Golden Trailer Awards Best Summer 2014 Blockbuster Trailer Paramount Pictures and Creative Buzz Industries Nominated
2014 Hollywood Film Awards Best Visual Effects of the Year Scott Farrar Won
2014 Houston Film Critics Society Awards Worst Film Transformers: Age of Extinction Nominated
2015 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production Michael Balog, Jim Van Allen, Rick Hankins, and John Hansen Nominated
2015 Satellite Awards Best Visual Effects John Frazier, Patrick Tubach, Scott Benza, and Scott Farrar Nominated
Best Sound (Editing & Mixing) Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van Der Ryn, and Peter J. Devlin Nominated
2015 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Transformers: Age of Extinction Nominated
Worst Director Michael Bay Won
Worst Supporting Actor Kelsey Grammer (also for The Expendables 3, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, and Think Like a Man Too) Won
Worst Supporting Actress Nicola Peltz Nominated
Worst Screenplay Ehren Kruger Nominated
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Transformers: Age of Extinction Nominated

Sequels[edit]

A fifth Transformers film was planned for release on June 24, 2017.[141] Bay will return to produce the film.[142][143] In an interview with MTV in December 2014 while promoting his film The Gambler, Walhberg confirmed that he will return for another installment.[144] Voice actor Peter Cullen commented about Transformers 5 and a possible sixth installment, stating that both films will go back to more of their original roots.[145] According to his Facebook and Twitter page, composer Steve Jablonsky has said that his involvement for the sequel is still undetermined. In March 2015, it was reported that the studio was in talks with Akiva Goldsman to write the fifth film.[146] In April 2015, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner confirmed Goldsman's involvement, announcing that Goldsman would be "leading a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers". Goldner also stated that he "would expect the sequel to Transformers: Age of Extinction to happen in 2017". On January 4, 2016, Rolling Stone confirmed that Bay would be returning to direct, with filming starting early 2016, for a summer 2017 release date.[147] In April 2016, The Wrap reports that Isabela Moner is cast in the female lead role of Izabella, a street-smart tomboy who grew up an orphan and was raised in foster care. She counts a small Transformer as her only friend until she meets heroic inventor Cade Yeager. The site also reports that Bay is eyeing Jean Dujardin and Stephen Merchant for supporting roles and Jerrod Carmichael in talks for a role. On May 16, 2016, the film's title was announced on its Instagram page as Transformers: The Last Knight. It was announced the next day that Josh Duhamel would return for the film as William Lennox. On June 2016, original cast member Tyrese Gibson was also confirmed to return as Robert Epps for Transformers: The Last Knight.[148][149][150][151][152][153][154][155]

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  1. ^ 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.[96][97]
  2. ^ A final number on Transformers: Age of Extinction tends to vary between the Paramount reported $301 million and local data that rises it to $320 million.[119][120][121][122][123][124]

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