The giant Transformers robots have shrunk a bit in the early going at the US box office.
Distributor Paramount Pictures says Transformers: Dark Of The Moon launched with 13.5 million dollars in screenings on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
That is less than the 16.6 million dollars that the second of the three Transformers flicks, Revenge Of the Fallen, took in from midnight screenings alone two years ago. Revenge Of The Fallen went on to top 400 million domestically and 800 million worldwide.
Dark Of The Moon pulled in 5.5 million dollars from screenings that started at 9 pm or later Tuesday at about 2,700 theatres. The movie added eight million dollars at about 3,000 cinemas in post-midnight showings overnight.
Paramount has expanded the movie in the US to about 4,000 theatres.