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'Transformers: Age of Extinction': How big a hit is it?

'Transformers: Age of Extinction': How big a hit is it?

On Monday morning, before the official numbers came in, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" had reached a benchmark β€” studio estimates had the film scoring a $100-million opening weekend. Exactly $100 million, in fact.

This is significant for at least two reasons: a) no other movie opening has managed to get to nine digits thus far this year; and b) "Transformers" has set that $100-million number as a standard for itself, having reached it with all but the first film when accounting for inflation

β€ŽThe first reason means that box office, otherwise down double digits so far this summer, is not as troubled as previously thought β€” for the...