Called “the stupidest movie of the year” and “one of the most atrocious movies I have ever seen in my life” — so bad that even Peter Travers, a man who loved King Kong, urged viewers to not watch it – Transformers: Age of Extinction just might be the frontrunner for worst movie of the year. Funny thing: it’s also the frontrunner for highest grossing movie of the year, after Chinese audiences just made this film the No. 1 movie in China of all time.
That’s right, move aside, Avatar and James Cameron, because Michael Bay’s fourth Transformers film has just surpassed you. Via The Hollywood Reporter:
After only 10 days in release, Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the top-grossing movie of all time in China with $222.7 million in ticket sales, eclipsing the $221.9 million grossed by James Cameron’s Avatar. The 3D tentpole achieved the milestone over the weekend.
I have not and will not be watching this film unless I’m black-out drunk and ensured of not remembering any of it, but a friend that did see it recently watch raved (is that the right word?) about the “fellatio” of Chinese products. Apparently China Construction Bank now has ATMs in Texas?
A co-production between Paramount and Chinese studios, the film includes Chinese actors and Chinese product placements, from Lenovo computers to Yili milk and some of China’s largest banks.
The box-office success of such an epic cinematic failure makes us think though: there just might be hope yet for Empires of the Deep.
China Box Office: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Is No. 1 Film of All Time (The Hollywood Reporter)