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Transformers Smashes Tammy at Start of Slower Box Office Weekend

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Optimus Prime, 2014. Ph: Industrial Light & Magic/©Paramount

Sequel adds to $100 million earned last weekend

Transformers: Age of Extinction netted almost $10 million at the box office on Thursday, adding to the $100 million it earned last weekend and transforming Tammy into a dud as Hollywood kicked off what looks to be a quieter-than-usual Fourth of July weekend.

The science fiction film is expected to earn another $55 to $60 million by the end of the holiday weekend, Variety reports, but the weekend is shaping up to be far less lucrative than in previous blockbuster years. Early figures show Tammy, which opened Wednesday, coming in second at the box office. The Melissa McCarthy comedy netted $5.5 million, Variety reports.

Other movies rounding out the top five earners Thursday included the family friendly Earth to Echo, horror film Deliver Us From Evil, and comedy 22 Jump Street.

The Independence Day weekend typically yields high profits for Hollywood, but this year’s offerings are on track to earn less than usual.

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