'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' tops weekend box office with $47 million
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" took the top spot at the box office once again this weekend, earning an estimated $47 million. The film's domestic sum now stands at an estimated $261 million, according to the Associated Press. That total makes the Michael Bay movie the highest grossing film domestically of 2011.
The movie, starring Shia LaBeouf, and Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, knocked "The Hangover Part II" from the top domestic spot for the year. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," whose combined domestic and international box office totals $1.02 billion, is the top film of 2011 worldwide with "Transformers" in a close second with over $600 million.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" depicts a fictional account of what happens when it is revealed that a Apollo 11 moon landing mission in 1969 had found a wrecked alien robot spacecraft with no survivors during a secret mission on the dark side of the moon, confirming that mankind is not alone in the universe.
The two new releases for the weekend, "Horrible Bosses" and "The Zookeeper," came in a distant second and third for their box office debuts.
"Horrible Bosses" was the runner-up for the weekend with $28.1 million. The movie stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as disgruntled workers who plot to murder their bosses, portrayed by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell.
Kevin James' comedy "The Zookeeper" came in third place with a box office haul of $21 million. The film, which also stars Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb, reportedly cost $80 million to make, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Pixar animated film "Cars 2" dropped to fourth place for the weekend. The family friendly movie took in 15.2 million, which raises its three-week total to $148.8 million.
"Bad Teacher," with Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel came in fifth place with $9 million, raising its box office sum to $78.8 million.