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'Transformers' tops 'Tammy' on weak July 4 weekend
'Transformers' tops 'Tammy' on weak July 4 weekend

The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and the Melisa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade. The North American box office was down a striking 44 percent over July 4 weekend last year, when “Despicable Me 2” and “The Lone Ranger” opened. “This ranks as one of the lowest Fourth of Julys ever,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “We always think of Fourth of July being a big weekend. This year, we just have to lick our wounds and look forward to `Planet of the...

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