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'Transformers' tops box office with $112 million weekend

Alien robots have transformed into box-officesuperstars with $200 million in domestic ticket sales in just fivedays.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" took in $112 million inthe sequel's first weekend and $201.2 million since openingWednesday, according to Sunday estimates from Paramount, which isdistributing the DreamWorks movie.

That was a few million dollars higher than other studios weretracking the movie, and the figures could change a bit when finalnumbers are released Monday.

Still, it was a colossal start for the "Transformers" sequel,whose opening five days amounted to nearly two-thirds of the $319million domestic total the franchise's first movie did over itsentire run in 2007.

Now playing in almost every other country except India, themovie added $185.8 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $387million. That's well over half the $708 million global total forthe first "Transformers."

That first movie began with a $70.5 million weekend. Based onhow well the sequel has done, "Revenge of the Fallen" could jointhe handful of movies that have topped the $400 million markdomestically.

"I'd say given the momentum it has, it's got a real shot,"said Rob Moore, vice chairman at Paramount.

For the first five days, the "Transformers" sequel was secondonly to last summer's "The Dark Knight" with $203.8 million.

This was the biggest opening weekend of this year, surpassingthe $85.1 million debut of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in earlyMay.

The sequel began with $60.6 million on its opening dayWednesday. That also was second only to "The Dark Knight," whichhad the biggest box-office day ever with $67.2 million on openingday.

With a $13 million weekend, Disney and Pixar Animation's "Up"became the year's top-grossing film domestically at $250.2 million.It surpassed Paramount's "Star Trek," which did $3.6 million overthe weekend to hit a $246.2 million total.

The reign of "Up" at the top of the year's box-office chartwill be short-lived, though. The "Transformers" sequel shouldshoot past it in a matter of days.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. andCanadian theaters, according to Final figures willbe released Monday.

1. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," $112 million.

2. "The Proposal," $18.5 million.

3. "The Hangover," $17.2 million.

4. "Up," $13 million.

5. "My Sister's Keeper," $12 million.

6. "Year One," $5.8 million.

7. "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," $5.4 million.

8. "Star Trek," $3.6 million.

9. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $3.5million.

10. "Away We Go," $1.7 million.


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