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July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Final weekend box office figures confirmed on Monday that Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction did indeed earn more than $100 million, the first film of 2014 to cross that threshold. (It did so just barely, winding up with $100,038,390, including Thursday-night previews.) But even with such a striking debut for the No. 1 film, the overall box office was down 6 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago when Disney’s Monsters University, going into its second week, led with $45.6 million. The difference is that all of the top five films earned more than $20 million over the same weekend in 2013, while no film other than Transformers was able to cross even $16 million this times around. For the year, domestic revenue and attendance are both down nearly 2 percent from 2013. There were a few positive signals in this week’s results, however. Disney’s Maleficent in its fifth week crossed the $200 million mark, while the ultra-low-budget Chef, which is playing in only 801 theaters, dropped just 3 percent from last week. It has spent six of its eight weeks in release in the top ten, buoyed by terrific word-of-mouth.