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'Transformers' has biggest debut for a movie in 2014

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Hound, Bingbing Li as Su Yueming, Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, Bumblebee, Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, Optimus Prime, Drift, and Crosshairs, in a scene from the film, "Transformers: Age of Extinction."The Associated Press

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" is ruling the box office.

The fourth installment of filmmaker Michael Bay's morphing robots series earned $100 million in its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie in 2014, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Paramount film also earned $201.3 million from 37 international territories. "Transformers" specifically made $90 million in China.

"Transformers" stars Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz as a human father and daughter who aid the transforming robots from the Hasbro toy franchise. The sequel introduces the popular Transformers characters based on the likenesses of dinosaurs.

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the previous installment in the series, took in $97.8 million during its opening weekend in 2011.

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