When you look at the second and third Transformers movies, you have to wonder why they keep making them but then this news comes out which explains everything! Paramount have just released a press release stating that Transformers: Dark of the Moon has now surpassed bn worldwide. Bear in mind this is simply from cinema takings and not including any DVDs, Blu-rays or digital downloads. Madness!

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen made 6,297,228 with the original movie (which was by far the best), making 9,709,780. I guess inflation and 3d helped the most recent movie. Transformers: Dark of the Moon joins the following (courtesy of Wikipedia) which is now slightly out of date with this new news.

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1 Avatar $2,782,275,172 2009
[# 1]
2 Titanic $1,843,201,268 1997
[# 2]
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119,110,941 2003
[# 3]
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066,179,725 2006
[# 4]
5 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 2010
[# 5]
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $1,033,033,768 2011
[# 6]
7 Alice in Wonderland $1,024,299,904 2010
[# 7]
8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $1,012,239,842 2011
[# 8]
9 The Dark Knight $1,001,921,825 2008
[# 9]
10 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $994,715,769 2011
[# 10]


HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 3, 2011) – Worldwide box office receipts for TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, have hit $1 billion, Paramount Pictures announced today. To date, the third installment of the hit Transformers franchise, and the first shot in 3-D, has grossed $338 million in U.S. (through Monday) and $663 million internationally (through Tuesday).

“TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is the first billion dollar grossing movie in the history of Paramount Pictures, marking a substantial milestone in the 99 year life of this legendary studio,” said Brad Grey, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures. “We are grateful for the extraordinary work of Michael Bay and his film-making team, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and everyone at Paramount around the globe who played a part in helping make this latest TRANSFORMERS one of the 10 highest grossing films worldwide of all time”.

Earlier this summer, Paramount was the first studio to reach $1 billion in domestic grosses, aided by the $180.7 million opening of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON over the July 4th holiday. This is the fifth year in a row that Paramount has reached the milestone before any other studio. Paramount Pictures International crossed the $2 billion mark on July 30th, making it the first for any studio this year to reach the benchmark. The studio has had six consecutive movies earning over $100 million at the domestic box office in 2011.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.