8. Autobots (And Decepticons) Roll Out!
Despite posters and trailers claiming it would hit on July 4th (traditionally a big release window for movies across the pond), the pic jumped the gun and arrived on July 2nd.
Reviews were mixed, stretching from “better than sex” to “the most spectacularly stupid film ever made” and everything in between.
But it was a huge launch, with more than $70 million trousered in its first weekend.
LaBeouf’s career was kicked up a notch and Megan Fox suddenly went from who-she? to international sex vixen.
Oh, and people liked the robots, too. Which, after all, hogged most of the characterisation.
Bay's ILM team bagged plenty of awards for their work – all the mechanical characters were amazing feats of intricate CG animation, with Ironhide’s guns alone made up of 10,000 individual parts.
Bay could add another 'Box-Office Total' poster to his office walls (yes, he does have them) and the 's' word began to heat up.
The Transformers' return was inevitable...
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