However, there's no guarantee it will hit the $100-million milestone this weekend.
Michael Bay's fourth
Paramount Pictures has projected between $90 million and $100 million through Sunday.
The $8.75-million start comes from Thursday showings that started at 9 p.m. and includes $1.4 million from
The early numbers are essentially in line with the year's other big openers. "Godzilla's" $93.2-million opening began with $9.3 million from its Thursday night launch that started at 7 p.m., while "
The biggest opening weekend of the year so far stands as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The Marvel movie's $95-million weekend started at 8 p.m. on a Thursday with $10.3 million in ticket sales.
The latest "Transformers" movie, which stars
That's especially true in China, where it easily set a record by generating $3.5 million from midnight previews. Counting results from 22 countries outside the United States, the movie has grossed $30 million internationally so far.
Reviews have been generally poor, evidenced by a 17% "freshness" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.