It seems like if you have a good story and marketing at a fast food place and you spend enough years making your toys cool for kids that includes a saturday morning cartoon, sooner or later you will have a string of big movies about them. Oh did I mention a hot supporting cast?

Distributor Paramount Pictures said Sunday that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" took in $97.4 million domestically in its first weekend. That beat the $90.2 million debut of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

But the domestic haul for the sci-fi sequel was down from the $127.9 million first weekend for 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Since opening Tuesday night, the new "Transformers" pulled in $162 million through Sunday, a drop from $200.1 million for "Revenge of the Fallen" in its first five days.

Paramount estimates "Dark of the Moon" will hit $180.9 million domestically by the end of the long Fourth of July weekend Monday.

 

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