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  • 30 June 2014, 13:59

Transformers Has 2014's Biggest First Weekend

The fourth instalment of the hit Transformers franchise has shot to the top of the US box office in its opening weekend.

Despite a few bad reviews, Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the first film of the year to open with $100m (£58m), according to industry monitors.

This chapter, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz, sees a powerful group of scientists scrambling to break new tech barriers.

Shia LaBeouf does not reprise his Sam Witwicky role of the three previous films.

The actor has had a rocky few months and was arrested for disorderly conduct at a theatre in New York last week.

Speaking at the Berlin premiere, Wahlberg said he approached the role the same way as he would with any other: "As an actor you just wanna be believable in the role.

"And you want to make sure that you're servicing the director's vision. Michael (Bay) is an amazingly talented guy. If you think about that sort of pressure, whether it'd be in a revising, a franchise, any of those things, it kind of distracts you from the big challenge.

"And the big challenge really is just make sure that you live up to Michael Bay's expectations and you make him happy on a daily basis. That's pressure enough."

The film is released in the UK on July 5.

22 Jump Street, featuring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, pulled in $15.4m in second place, for a total of $139.8m after three weeks in cinemas.

Another blockbuster summer sequel, How To Train Your Dragon 2, was third with $13.1m over the weekend, and $121.8m total, Exhibitor Relations said.

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