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“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soars past $1 billion mark


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Bay’s third Transformers film, “Dark of the Moon,” has crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office, making it the highest-grossing film in Paramount history.

“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,” Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Gray said.

Oddly enough, “Transformers” becomes the third film this summer to reach the billion-dollar mark after “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and the final “Harry Potter” film. That’s why sequel talk already has swirled around Disney’s “Pirates” franchise, with Johnny Depp contemplating another go-round in Capt. Jack Sparrow’s boots. (“Potter,” of course, is finished, so Warner has to put that cash cow out to pasture.)

“Transformers,” on the other hand, has not had much sequel talk just yet … quite the opposite. While promoting “Dark of the Moon,” Shia LaBeouf told anyone who would listen that he was finished with the franchise, while Bay has stayed mum.

Could these numbers help Paramount to convince Bay to return? Producer Don Murphy has gone on record saying another “Transformers” trilogy is possible (even likely). Will another director be at the helm, a la James Cameron walking away from the “Terminator” franchise? Or could Bay hop back in the saddle with new actors in his leads? So long as there’s giant robots, audiences will turn out. Right?

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