The “Transformers” film franchise is far from extinct.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth installment in Paramount’s morphing robots series, earned $100 million in North America during its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie this year.
The sequel starring Mark Wahlberg as a human inventor who aids the hulking alien robots rolled over “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and its $95 million opening in April.
“Age of Extinction” was distantly followed at the box office by “22 Jump Street” in second place with $15.8 million and “How To Train Your Dragon 2″ in third place with $13.2 million.
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:
1. “Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” Paramount, $100,038,390, 4,233 locations, $23,633 average, $100,038,390, 1 week.