Clapboard: Transformers Storms to Top

LOS ANGELES ~ Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a blockbuster action movie starring Shia LaBeouf, stormed to the top of the North American box office, pushing The Proposal to number two.

Director Michael Bay’s follow-up to 2007’s first Transformers movie pulled in US$112 million over the three-day period, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The high-action, special effects-laden sequel rolled out with the second largest five-day gross on record, hauling a massive $201 million.

Only 2008 Batman movie The Dark Knight pulled in more – $203 million in its first five days.

The Proposal, a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock as a pushy boss who marries her assistant to keep her US visa, fell to the number two spot to take in $18.6 million in box office receipts.

Critically acclaimed adult comedy The Hangover kept a hold near box office heights at third, earning $17.2 million. The low budget picture about a Las Vegas bachelor party gone awry increased its three-week run to $183.2 million – a massive gain for its $35-million budget.

Pixar’s animated feature Up, which tells the story of a grumpy old man who finds adventure in South America, came in fourth place, taking $13 million.

At fifth was My Sister’s Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz, which took $12 millions in its first week.

Year One, a comedy about prehistoric hunter-gatherers fell to the sixth spot, earning $5.8 million in its second week.

At seventh, down two spots, was The Taking of Pelham 123, a remake of a classic 1974 movie about a subway hijacking, which earned $5.4 million.

Sci-fi blockbuster Star Trek hung onto a top ten box office spot for the eighth week, earning the number eight position and taking in $3.6 million.

Comedy sequel Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian took $3.5 million over the weekend, bringing its six-week earnings to $163.2 million.

In 10th place, taking in $1.7 million, was Away We Go from director Sam Mendes, which tells the quirky tale of a couple expecting their first child who travel America looking for the perfect place to start their family.

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