Director Michael Bay: By the Numbers Box Office Chart

June 26, 2009

Shia LaBeouf and Michael Bay

If you haven't already heard, Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is kicking some box office ass. It made a record breaking $60.6 million on Wednesday alone and has amassed a worldwide total of $170 million so far (and its only been out in theaters in the US for three days!). But that's not what this is necessarily about. put together an awesome visual chart and box office graph called Michael Bay: By the Numbers this week. It's fairly self-explanatory - they compare Bay's budgets to the worldwide gross to the opening weekend for all seven of his past movies, not including Transformers 2. Check it out!

Michael Bay: By the Numbers

Click that photo above to see the entire big chart with more facts, figures, and details over at This is cool to see beyond the fact that it's Michael Bay and his movies always have interesting results, but just because it's rather interesting to see that up-down-up graph shape of the worldwide numbers. Oddly, his budget has been roughly the same for the past 11 years, with the latest low point at The Island being the same low point of worldwide grosses graph. So does that mean that the bigger the budget, the more likely it'll be a bigger hit? That can't be true, but maybe it is. Maybe that's just the magical Michael Bay touch?

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I'd rather watch The Dark Knight on DVD than venture out to see Transformers. Maybe I'll catch it on DVD off of Netflix next fall.

Dave Lister, JMC on Jun 26, 2009


I know everybody hates this guy but you can't argue with the numbers. I think Bay is good at what he does I like most of his films and those who want to see him burn in the depths that just ain't gonna happen with earnings like you see above.

CLAW on Jun 26, 2009


what up guys, I still haven't seen it, I'm going tomorrow and I haven't read people's comments but I know 70% are at least bashing him....why, who knows, it's a movie about 80's cartoon, there's no Oscar awards for that type of stuff long as there's action and sexy women, I'm good, but anyway reading this article, I agree with you CLAW....his numbers talk, if everyone hated him shit by the 3rd film he ever took out there would've shown sometime of decline but it doesn't happen.....I compare Bay to AROD after seeing this.....AROD all season puts up MVP #'s but postseason doesn't come a way Bay has MVP numbers but people feel that he fails.....I'm cool with his movies, he's a blow up shit type of director.....he's not a Oscar Award director, people need to realize it....

Blue & Orange NY on Jun 26, 2009


Bay is Laughing his Ass off! .... You know why ..... Cause he gets to wipe his ass With 20 dollar bills every time he takes a shit! If he keeps directing adaptations that are Huge/ really big franchise's that people love but hate the fact the bay is directing, but still go to see it anyways ... if so ... He might just get to be George Lucas rich some day ... BAY is a awful story teller ... But he will most likely always be successful - "financially Successful" ..... At least until people get really really tired of giant explosions and the bull shit that comes along with it ... He drowns you in Action which will catch up to him sooner or later!

WHO on Jun 26, 2009


Transformers Revenge of The Fallen was AWESOME. The Theater I went to was packed, and everyone was really into the movie, everyone enjoyed themselves. People were cheering, laffing etc. The critics may bash it, but the average moviegoer likes this film. Again the Film was AWESOME. Don't Miss It.

Ted on Jun 26, 2009


There are times when I love dramas and thrillers with a deep plot and a bunch of twists... maybe some social commentary thrown in there. But then there are times that I just want to sit back and watch some ass kicking. People love movies that are constantly exciting and fun for them, and offers a complete escape from the drudgery of real life.

Chris H. on Jun 26, 2009


I hated at least half of his movies prior to 2007. (Only The Rock and The Island were watchable twice for me). But he's made a believer out of me with how he's handled the bringing-to-life of my favorite childhood toys. I still feel like I'm in dreamland to know there are two beautiful big-budget adaptions of Transformers, both of which even the harshest critic must agree did their source material justice. For those like me who loved the cartoon, which makes Bay's movies and dialogue appear to be Shakespeare. I can't wait to watch this destroy some more records, much to the dismay of the many hateful critics to viciously panned this flick - and so terribly missed the point in doing so. This movie, I feel, is perfect in what it is.

Mark on Jun 26, 2009


I'm not the biggest fan of Bay only because he doesn't deliver what I'm looking for in a film - good (deep) characterization, engaging plot, etc etc. But I will say this, Michael Bay is superb at what he does, that is, direct big budget films with ridiculous and forgettable characters but a bevy of explosions and badass-ness. He is an entertainer first and is very very good at it. Adrenaline is his forte and he knows how to get it pumping. By sticking to his patented formula of quick over-the-top action and cookie cutter storylines he has put his own stamp on every one of his films. You watch other films like his and you say, "Oh, this is like a Michael Bay film." I won't go so far as to call him an auteur but you have to give credit where credit is due. He does what he loves, and does it better than anyone else.

Taylor on Jun 26, 2009


Well said Number 8!

SS on Jun 26, 2009


This go's out to everyone that is being a hater for the new transformers film, if you could come up with a movie that can top this one then ill give you credit, till then shut the fuck up and enjoy a badass movie. All you shit talker's went to go see it and loved it and hate it just cause bay maid it, your all a bunch of two face dum asses. Transformers is the best action film this year. so if you have anything to say think before you speak ok.

Koolaid on Jun 26, 2009


All great movies and very entertaining. This shows you how incorrect and out of touch with the public some of this "professional" reviewers/editors are.

Heinz on Jun 26, 2009


The numbers are staggering to say the least.

Cat on Jun 27, 2009


Pearl Harbor made $500,000+? It's one of those moments you just say wow. I love Bayhem but please don't do anything based on fact ever again. That thing was painful.

Moviegimp on Jun 27, 2009


His movies are entertaining, that much i can guarantee

NeoSlyfer on Jun 27, 2009


This is just one of the reasons why cinema is going downhill, its not because its a bay movie, he did great movies imo, and much better than TF2 (although the first one was ok) like The rock and others, but this movie is no where near this numbers in terms of beeing a good movie, it makes me sad that the top selling movie atm is a poor action packed (yes it had realy low action for what the trailers sugested) primarily directed to a young crowd (no harm here though) when theres so much better movies than this that should be up there and be recognized for what they are, BETTER movies. Regards

mvk on Jun 27, 2009


the three best bay films are 1.transformers 2 revenge of the fallen(not enough soundwave,i wanted to see him fight,he may of featured in the final battle but there was so much going on i may of missed him.)2.transformers 3.armageddon.just picture a michael bay directed avengers,slow motion shots of the team walking, iron man with sun glare coming of his armor,huge fucking explosions & some fucking hot me that = $$$$$$$$$$$

zetsu on Jun 27, 2009


I never really had a problem with Bay. I personally think his movies are not worth ten bucks, and I will rent them when they come out on blu-ray. But when I see numbers being put up like this I can't help but cringe just a bit. He is the movie equivalent of the Jonas Brothers. Sure they sold 247,000 copies of their new cd in one week, while hard working actual musicians can't sell 1,000, but anyone with half a brain and more than fifteen years on this planet knows they don't mean anything. They do harm by encouraging more people to follow suit. Thank god for people like Christopher Nolan who can show amateur filmmakers that you can make an intelligent movie and sell a shit load of tickets as well. I know I'm not stating anything new, but I'm bored and wanted to make a point.

germs on Jun 27, 2009


I support everythin you said germs, but i cant agree that Nolan ( if you mean dark knight) did anything worthy of credit... i dont know why ppl use that movie or that director as an example of a "standard good movie" when that movie as so many script problems and other things i wont mention to keep it short, anyways its still tons better than TF2 .. so right there i guess you got a point

mvk on Jun 27, 2009


I like most of Bay's movies, but was let down by TF2. Sure, he got the action and special effects right, but the humor....geez...a little too childish. Seriously, the Twins, the lil robot humping the leg, and the balls of steel?? All that just seemed out of place.

GK on Jun 27, 2009


The only people who should give a rat's ass about these numbers are studio executives. As far as the people who claim they like it for the action, I defy you to identify any of the robots that are fighting in half the scenes. I can't tell which ones Megatron, which one's Starscream and which one is just some random robot half the time. Which robot does Optimus Prime rip apart in the fight scene in the woods? I have no idea which, but he destroys two or three of them. So how can you enjoy it when you can't tell who's winning? They kept breaking the plane in all the fight scenes as well. You'd be looking at Optimus on the left, then suddenly he's on the right. The opening scene does the same thing with the car chase bit. It's cinematography 101 and they can't get it right. The characters teleport half way across the globe and it's the same time of day. They apparently explode out of this teleport with such force that some of them land on flat land and some of them land on a mountain. What the fuck. There are no rules established at all, and the resulting lack of tension is palpable. The fights are boring to watch because they will gladly break the laws of physics in blatant and obvious ways to ensure that the good guys win, no matter what. And what the fuck are the soldiers shooting at? Bullets have never seemed to work on the transformers, so why the hell are they wasting their ammo? Why was there no security in "one of the most secure locations" in the US? Did the old transformer always have a cane? What does the cane transform into? Why can he teleport? He's a friggin plane, is flying not fast enough for the script? How did his girlfriend get from the west coast to the east coast in about an hour? Why do they need the shard from the kid if they've stolen the other piece of the allspark? How are there robot 'hatchlings'? Where did they come from? Do they reproduce sexually? They have testicles, so maybe they do, but if that's the case, why the fuck do they need the allspark? Do they have to breed AND use the allspark? Why does the allspark apparently create nothing but decepticons? If you can choose to be an autobot or a decepticon, why does the emblem not change, and where do they get those damn emblems, anyway? How does a single round of a rail gun manage to take out 5 robots at once? Couldn't a couple of them have survived? If they can use each others parts, you'd think at least one of them would have been able to re-form. If they can claim parts like that, why can't they just put themselves back together when bits of them have been ripped off? What the hell do they bleed? Where do the bodily fluids come from? Do they eat? Drink? Is it their gas? Do they need gas? If they can pretend to look like humans, why don't they just do that instead of trying to look like cars? They can change their shape from one car to another, so they can obviously restructure themselves on a more fundamental level than just 'transforming', and if that's the case, are they all similar to the ball-bearing transformer? If that's the case, why don't they all do things like that? He totally throws out all logic in this movie. I fail to see how anyone can become involved at any level in a film like this. It's nothing but dull. The only surprises are finding out what retarded slapstick and illogical lapses of physics and transformers mythology will happen next.

Squiggly on Jun 27, 2009


And can you call it "Comic Relief" if it's happening all the time? Shouldn't the army guys be considered "Dramatic Relief" instead?

Squiggly on Jun 27, 2009


@Squiggly It's a movie about giant robots from outer space. I think you can suspend logic and let some of that stuff go for this one.

Robb on Jun 29, 2009


why isn't there a "suck" line in this graph.

angryKid on Jun 29, 2009


oh wait. it's there. in the bigger version, on the bottom left.

angryKid on Jun 29, 2009


Transformers 2 was so bad, the worst movie of the year. A great grinding garbage disposal of a movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen isn't so much a narrative film as a cacophonous series of explosions intermittently interrupted by needless dialogue. Call me old fashioned, but I like a little side story and character to go along with my order of big, loud special effects.

George on Aug 22, 2009


well as for me i don't really care, what ppl say about this movie. But for me this movie is very great, as well has all the other transformer's. As for me i want to be an actor, but i guess they say you off to work hard for what you really want. you guys are going to see me out there one day, my name is Michael Douglas remember it...

Gazastripe101 on Jun 26, 2011

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