Nicola Peltz
Box office: 'Transformers' roars with $8.75 million on Thursday
Box office: 'Transformers' roars with $8.75 million on Thursday

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" has begun its box-office fight. The Paramount Pictures film grossed a studio-estimated $8.75 million in ticket sales in the United States on Thursday night, marking a robust start in its race to become the biggest box-office opener of the year. However, there's no guarantee it will hit the $100-million milestone this weekend. Michael Bay's fourth "Transformers" movie, which cost $210 million to make and runs two hours and 45 minutes, could be the first movie of 2014 to hit the $100-million mark in its first three days in release in the United States and Canada, if it does as well as analysts had predicted going into the weekend. Paramount Pictures...