‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ passes $1 billion threshold worldwide

Now with $1 billion.

Somewhere, Michael Bay’s bank account is transforming into a pot of gold. This week, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” entered rare company as it become the 10th film ever to pull in a whopping total of $1 billion in worldwide box-office sales. (It has also become the top-grossing film ever for studio Paramount.)

In a statement, studio chairman Brad Gray had this to say about the tremendous accomplishment:

“We are grateful for the extraordinary work of Michael Bay and his film-making team, executive producer¬†Steven Spielberg, and everyone at Paramount around the globe who played a part in helping make this latest¬†Transformersone of the 10 highest grossing films worldwide of all time.”

“Dark of the Moon” is actually the third film of the summer to make it past this plateau, as it is joining “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and the final chapter in the “Harry Potter” saga. Considering that it is just over one month into its run, it is possible that “Dark of the Moon” (thanks to some strong 3-D sales) could end up getting close to the top five movies of all time worldwide. However, it’s not expected to get anywhere close to competing against “Avatar” ($2.78 billion) or “Titanic” ($1.84 billion) at the top of the list.

Do you think that 3-D is inflating these numbers higher than they really deserve to be?

Poster: Paramount Pictures

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