28 June 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction delivered a $41.6 million Friday at the North American box office after earning an A- CinemaScore from moviegoers who disregarded dismal reviews. And unless traffic drops off dramatically on Saturday, the $210 million tentpole should become the first movie of 2014 to earn $100 million in its first weekend, a needed boost for Hollywood and easily the biggest opening of star Mark Wahlberg's career. Age of Extinction -- featuring a new leading man in Wahlberg, who replaces the troubled Shia Labeouf -- is also doing huge business overseas, where it earned another $52 million Friday for

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