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Transformers posts $30M on Friday as controversy swirls

By Sean O’Connell Michael Bay’s dominance over the box office continued as moviegoers flocked to theaters to see the latest “Transformers” film, “Dark of the Moon.”

The third installment in the robotic franchise grossed an estimated $30 million on Friday to push its overall take up around $96M since opening on Tuesday, THR reports. While impressive for most films, that’s a “slow build” for a Bay feature. In comparison, Bay’s second “Transformers” movie, “Revenge of the Fallen,” had grossed $168 million by the end of its fourth day, so this one is tracking far off its predecessor.

Perhaps everyone’s staying home to watch Bay’s “The Island,” instead? Have you seen this clip making the round on YouTube, which suggests Bay recycled footage of cars crashing on a highway from his little-seen 2005 thriller and worked them into “Transformers?” It’s a must watch:

Pay attention to the backgrounds of those shots. The “borrowing” of his own footage is pretty blatant. Do you have a problem with this? At the very least, it confirms the critique made in reviews that every Bay action sequence looks the same. It’s because he has been re-using the same footage!

Or maybe we’re all just Transformered-out.

People are lukewarm to Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Selena Gomez, as well. “Larry Crowne” and “Monte Carlo” opened to $4M and $3M, respectively, on Friday.

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