Michael Bay famously makes movies for 14 year-old boys. He gives ‘em what they want, and evidently they want robot dinosaurs. $243m in the bank and the only film of the summer to open north of $100m suggests that the man knows his audience. That said, Extinction is the lowest grossing movie in the franchise so far (the first to fall short of the $300m mark), though Paramount will be cheered to read that it is now the biggest movie of all time in China, Hollywood’s new best friend.
Perhaps if it wasn’t 165 minutes long (longer than 2001: A Space Odyssey for Christ’s sake!) they could have squeezed in a few more showings. Special mention to Mark Wahlberg who wins this year’s Cole Trickle Award™ for the most absurd character name – Cade Yeager.