Michael Bay’s Biggest Box Office Hits

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Michael Bay’s Biggest Box Office Hits

Michael Bay’s Biggest Box Office Hits


A Michael Bay movie usually means three things: explosive fights, sexy ladies in tiny shorts, and big box office returns. His last directorial effort Transformers: Age of Extinction was a bit of a disappointment at the box office, though, and it is rumored that he won’t direct the next Transformers film. That being said, which Michael Bay’s movie made the most money, and which ones were a bit of a bomb? Read on for all of Michael Bay’s films, ranked by their box office gross.

Transformers: Revenge of the FallenRevenge of the Fallen is the second Transformers film. In the film, Sam Witwicky, Shia LaBeouf’s character from the first film, goes off to college and tries to live a normal life. When he starts having visions of Cybertronian symbols, he gets caught up in a war between the Autobots and Decepticons and travels to Egypt.

Box Office – $402,111,870

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 19% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “The movie is like the play date from hell, the kind where a crew of children reduce your home to rubble and conduct endless bouts of loud war on the living-room floor while you ponder the propriety of opening a bottle of wine. On occasions like that, another set of parents, no matter how irritating, can be as welcome as Optimus Prime rising from the dead.” Mary Pols, Time Magazine

Transformers: Dark of the MoonTransformers: Dark of the Moon is the third Transformers film and the final Transformers film starring Shia LaBeouf. Mark Wahlberg starred in the fourth Transformers film, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Box Office – $352,390,543

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 36% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “In what the effects guys dubbed the “Tilted Building Sequence,” my eyes widened: yes, this was artistry, special effects artistry, and in potent 3D that actually made a case for shelling out the extra bucks. All hail Industrial Light & Magic! But those few minutes of orgiastic agog-ery can’t make up for the fundamental problem with these movies: they are intensely juvenile, casually sexist, and blatantly stupid in ways that few if any over the age of “T for Teen” or bereft of a Y chromosome could enjoy.” Peter Cavanese, Groucho Reviews

Transformers – Based on the cartoon series and popular toy line, Transformers is about cars called the Autobots that transform into giant robots and Sam Witwicky, a typical teenage boy, who gets caught up in their battle with the Decepticons, evil transforming robots.

Box Office – $319,246,193

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 57% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “Cars that morph into building-size robots, monster robots that morph into monster trucks, toys run explosively amok: For the bot-crazed 20-something Hasbro customer-of-old, Michael Bay’s latest blow-’em-up extravaganza has it all. For the bot-neutral rest of us, two-and-a-half hours of mostly incoherent special effects may be a bit much.” Bob Mondello, NPR

Transformers: Age of Extinction – The fourth Transformers film introduces Mark Wahlberg as a Texas inventor and a whole bunch of new transforming dinosaurs called the Dinobots. Even with the novelty of the Dinobots, though, it had the lowest box office numbers of the entire Transformers series.

Box Office – $ 245,439,076

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 18% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “The two hours and forty-five minutes of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” reveal [Michael Bay’s] attention and concern, with each moment crafted to hold the audience through hysterical and vulgar excess. Bay doesn’t deign to extend his extraordinary control to the images; he substitutes attitude for comprehension and swagger for observation, and, for all his meticulous command over the movie’s elements of action and design, performance, and effect, his taste is cheerfully execrable. He’s the Wes Anderson of dreck.” Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Armageddon – A team of oil drillers headed up by Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck have to save the world from an asteroid that threatens all life on Earth.

Box Office – $201,578,182

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 39% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “Armageddon is the weirdest combination of the absolutely horrible and the surprisingly watchable. The film’s action scenes are indeed sometimes tough to follow. But the special effects are generally impressive. And while character development is next to nil (as it is in most Bruckheimer-related movies), the characters are certainly colorful… There’s a lot of very solemn stuff in this film. Stiff-upper-lip dialogue about facing the end of the world and father-daughter encounters of the manipulative kind. But then, just when you think you’ve had it with this movie, there comes a farcical, rock ‘n’ roll sort of comedy sequence, or a hilariously goofy line by the roughnecks’ resident mad genius (Steve Buscemi of Fargo and Con Air) or the group’s spaced-out flake (Owen Wilson of Bottle Rocket).” Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

Pearl Harbor – A complicated love triangle develops between two pilots and a nurse leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Box Office – $198,542,554

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 25% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “The Bay-Bruckheimer formula of treating people as secondary to explosions worked just fine in ‘The Rock’ and ‘Armageddon.’ Those movies bordered on live-action cartoons. But Bay and Bruckheimer are now dealing in something bigger than a terrorist siege on Alcatraz or even a planet-killing asteroid. Their subject is real, fresh in the collective memory and vital in recent world history. You can’t tell the story of Pearl Harbor without blowing a lot of things up, but with so much money to burn, the filmmakers could have channeled a little more to script and character development.” David Germain, Associated Press

Bad Boys II – In Bad Boys II, detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey are back, and they are investigating the sale of ecstasy and gang activity in Miami. Along the way, they take on the Ku Klux Klan, drug lords, and Russian gangsters.

Box Office – $138,608,444

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 23% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “Some of the scenes are hilarious — intentionally…For most of the film, however, the laugh lines take gallows humor even beyond Hollywood’s boundaries of taste…Mr. Smith has genuine screen charisma, and his chemistry with Mr. Lawrence is fun and funny to watch. Fans of the genre will appreciate the expensive automobiles turned to Swiss cheese and bad guys in bad suits. But, like our two loose cannons with badges, the movie misses its target at least as often as it hits it. Along the way, as well, it will likely batter a few brain cells into a premature grave.” Collin Levey, Wall Street Journal

The Rock – A renegade general and his men take control of Alcatraz Island, and they threaten the city of San Francisco and a number of hostages with VX-gas rockets. The FBI is forced to ask for help from the only man to ever escape from the Alcatraz Island prison.

Box Office – $138,608,444

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 66% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “Our Flick of the Week is ‘The Rock,’ a hyperactive thriller that plays like ‘Speed’ on speed. By comparison, ‘Mission: Impossible’ is paced like a film by Jean Renoir. There isn’t a shot, scene or sequence in ‘The Rock’ that doesn’t move furiously, typically with colored lights flashing into our faces or onto those of the actors. The phrase ‘all frosting and no cake’ comes to mind. Except there is some cake in ‘The Rock.’” Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

Bad Boys –Michael Bay’s directorial debut Bad Boys is a buddy-action movie with two detectives, who are partners and best friends, working in the Miami Police Department.

Box Office – $138,608,444

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 43% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “[T]he banter is so heavy that the movie seems to be doing all your laughing for you. The cops never seem to know what they’re doing, but then neither do the filmmakers, though I can’t imagine that casual audiences will care since there are plenty of big explosions at the end to reward them.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Pain & Gain – Based on bizarre true events, Pain & Gain follows a gym owner with delusions of grandeur and extremely flexible morals. With the help of two of his associates, he takes a wealthy gym member hostage and tries to force him to sign over the entirety of his fortune.

Box Office – $138,608,444

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 50% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “Pain & Gain’s biggest asset and biggest flaw is its director. Bay offers his signature tongue-in-cheek machismo that gives the film a Bad Boys-style charisma, but it makes the movie’s more serious moments incredible… While not a faithful re-enactment of a horrific true story, Pain & Gain will certainly please those looking for cheap thrills.” James Luxford, The National

The Island – In a dystopian future, people are selected via a lottery to move to a perfect island, but not everything is as it seems.

Box Office – $138,608,444

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 40% Fresh

Critical Assessment – “The Island is the latest effort from bombastic director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor), and probably his best film yet. It’s twisty plot aside, it is certainly the most straightforward film he has yet made. He locks into the story from the beginning and never strays, giving it a strong narrative drive that has few extraneous scenes with even the extended action beats moving the plot forward. There are a few moments, however, of such extreme Bay excess (most particularly a literally unbelievable fall off a building with a giant company logo and a helicopter) that even within the heightened reality of the film, credibility is strained past the breaking point.” Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net

Related topics Armageddon, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, film, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Movies, Pain and Gain, Pearl Harbor, Shia LaBeouf, The Island, The Rock, Transformers, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
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