29 June 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transformers: Age of Extinction” dominated the global box office this weekend, debuting to an estimated $100 million in the U.S. and $301.3 million worldwide, while announcing itself as a box office blockbuster in a summer defined by welterweights.

Both the domestic and international figures represent high-water marks for the year and set the film up for what promises to be a competitive Fourth of July holiday.

Backed by Paramount Pictures, the film cost $210 million after rebates, while trading in the troubled star of the original films Shia Labeouf for the more press-friendly Mark Wahlberg, a move that seemed to extend the life of the $2.6 billion-grossing series.

“All of the new elements worked out great,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures. “Mark Wahlberg has taken on the leadership of the franchise and Michael [Bay] has re-energized this franchise.”

Stateside, the Michael Bay production unspooled over 4,233 locations, more than 350 of them boasting Imax. »

- Brent Lang

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