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"Transformers" breaks billion mark

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Paramount's fourth installment of their Transformers franchise, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is the first film this year to surpass the billion USD mark in global box office receipts.

Made for more than 200 million with Mark Walhberg installed as the franchises new star, the film pits Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and other Autobots against new villains. It met industry projections for its opening weekend.

The nearly three-hour movie garnered mostly poor reviews but ticket buyers apparently had the last say.

For the recently completed weekend, it was all "Guardians of the Galaxy." The offbeat space adventure featuring extraterrestrial misfits and a talking raccoon, raked in 94 million in ticket sales this weekend, setting a record for an August film opening.

The film's strong beginning, however, isn't likely to jump-start a lackluster summer box office season. Which besides a few bright spots has been rather dull.

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