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'Tammy' trampled by 'Transformers'

Monday, July 07, 2014 - Updated: 7:17 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and the Melisa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.

The North American box office was down a whopping 44 percent over the July Fourth weekend last year, when "Despicable Me 2" and "The Lone Ranger" opened.

This weekend sputtered not because of an oversized bomb like "The Lone Ranger," but because of numerous factors, including that Hollywood simply didn't aim for big fireworks this year. The holdover "Transformers" led all films with an estimated $36.4 million, while "Tammy" had a below expectations Friday-to-Sunday haul of $21.2 million.

Paramount's "Transformers," the fourth in the series, opened the weekend prior to the year's biggest debut with $100 million. The movie, with a rebooted cast led by Mark Wahlberg, dropped considerably (63 percent) in its second week of release despite relatively little competition.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included.

1. "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," $36.4 million ($95.8 million international).

2. "Tammy," $21.2 million ($2.5 million international).

3. "Deliver Us From Evil," $9.5 million ($2.5 million international).

4. "22 Jump Street," $9.4 million ($10 million international).

5. "How to Train Your Dragon 2," $8.8 million ($33.5 million international).

6. "Earth to Echo," $8.3 million.

7. "Maleficent," $6.1 million ($17.3 million international).

8. "Jersey Boys," $5.1 million ($2.7 million international).

9. "Think Like a Man Too," $4.9 million.

10. "Edge of Tomorrow," $3.6 million ($8.4 million international).

     

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