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Transformers: Age of Extinction” stampeded into theaters on Thursday, racking up $8.75 million from evening showings, according to studio estimates.

The film screened at approximately 2,990 locations in the U.S. starting at 9 p.m., with Imax representing $1.4 million of that estimate.

It’s a big number, but it’s also a new low for the franchise in terms of late-night results. The most recent film in the series, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” earned $13.5 million from late-night showings, while the second installment, 2009′s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” snagged a series-leading $16.6 million from midnight showings. The previous low-water mark was 2007′s “Transformers,” which earned $8.8 million from its preview and midnight screenings.

Paramount compared the late-night results with a number of recent Thursday releases such as the $9.3 million that “Godzilla” brought in and the $10.3 million start for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” both of which began showings earlier in the evening.

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- Brent Lang

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