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    Michael Bay's career by the numbers

    Not counting commercials or music videos:

    Bad Boys - 1995 - $23 mil budget - $66 mil gross (US), $75 mil gross (foreign) - 6.5 IMDB rating - 42% on the tomatometer, 14% on the top critics tomatometer

    The Rock - 1996 - $75 mil budget - $134 mil gross (US), $201 mil gross (foreign) - 7.2 IMDB rating - 66% on the tomatometer, 57% on the top critics tomatometer (the only Bay film rated "fresh" rather than "rotten" on the site)

    Armageddon - 1998 - $140 mil budget - $202 mil gross (US), $352 mil gross (foreign) - 6.0 IMDB rating - 40% on the tomatometer, 18% on the top critics tomatometer

    Pearl Harbor - 2001 - $132 mil budget - $199 mil gross (US), $251 mil gross (foreign) - 5.4 IMDB rating - 25% on the tomatometer, 23% on the top critics tomatometer

    Bad Boys II - 2003 - $130 mil budget - $139 mil gross (US), $135 mil gross (foreign) - 6.2 IMDB rating - 23% on the tomatometer, 17% on the top critics tomatometer

    The Island - 2005 - $126 mil budget - $36 mil gross (US), $127 mil gross (foreign) - 6.9 IMDB rating - 40% on the tomatometer, 37% on the top critics tomatometer

    Transformers - 2007 - $150 mil budget - $319 mil gross (US), $389 mil gross (foreign) - 7.4 IMDB rating - 57% on the tomatometer, 68% on the top critics tomatometer

    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - 2009 (in current release) - $200+ mil budget - $61 mil gross in 2 days (US), $59 mil gross in 6 days (foreign) - 6.9 IMDB rating - 21% on the tomatometer, 19% on the top critics tomatometer


    The tomatometer is a ratings system at RottenTomatoes.com using "rotten" or "fresh" based on the percentage of positive opinions and compiling top critics' opinions and ratings from print, tv, and the internet.
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    Glad to see The Rock stands somewhat decently over the rest, I feel it's his best movie.
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    The Rock is the only Michael Bay movie I have ever seen! I avoided most of the others. I think the Rock was really enjoyable.

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    I didn't mind the 2 Bad Boys movies personally. Pearl Harbor has it's moments as well (the attack is about it and even that has GROSS inaccuracies).














    I also like Transformers. Seriously.
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    So there's a lot of idiots out there who continue to believe the paid advertisements of entertainment weekly, people magazine, tv guide etc that say watch this guys movie and how entertaining it wil be.

    And the number tragically is growing?
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    Let's take a look at ticket sale estimates for Bay's films with ticket price averages per year:
    '95 - $4.35
    '96 - $4.42
    '98 - $4.69
    '01 - $5.66
    '03 - $6.03
    '05 - $6.41
    '07 - $6.88
    '09 - $7.18

    Bad Boys - 1995 - 15.17 mil tickets (US), 17.24 mil tickets (foreign)

    The Rock - 1996 - 30.31 mil tickets (US), 45.48 mil tickets (foreign)

    Armageddon - 1998 - 43.07 mil tickets (US), 75.05 mil tickets (foreign)

    Pearl Harbor - 2001 - 35.16 mil tickets (US), 44.35 mil tickets (foreign)

    Bad Boys II - 2003 - 23.05 mil tickets (US), 22.39 mil tickets (foreign)

    The Island - 2005 - 5.62 mil tickets (US), 19.81 mil tickets (foreign)

    Transformers - 2007 - 46.37 mil tickets (US), 56.54 mil tickets (foreign)

    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - 2009 (in current release) - 8.5 mil tickets in 2 days (US), 8.22 mil tickets in 6 days (foreign)

    I think we have to start blaming foreigners more often. They're also the reason Paris Hilton was a success, I'd definitely put Bay in that company.


    By the way, in the top 200 movies by ticket sales list, Transformers would be #102, Armageddon would be #126.
    Gone with the Wind is #1 with 202.04 mil,
    Star Wars is #2 with 178.11 mil,
    Titanic #6 @ 128.35,
    Jaws #7 @ 128.08,
    Snow White #10 @ 109,
    ESB #12 @ 98.18,
    ROTJ #14 @ 94.05,
    Raiders #16 @ 88.14,
    Jurassic Park #17 @ 86.2,
    TPM # 19 @ 84.83,
    Godfather #21 @ 78.92,
    The Dark Knight #27 @ 74.28 (the highest recent movie and the only film from last year on the top 100),
    ROTS #57 @ 59.32,
    AOTC #83 @ 53.53.
    http://boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adj...st_yr=1&p=.htm


    The Rock is the only Bay film I own, it was super cheap and I was bored, I bought it soon after it came out on VHS from Columbia House for a penny. It was alright, far better than his other films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - 2009 (in current release) - 8.5 tickets in 2 days (US), 8.22 mil tickets in 6 days (foreign)
    So, who were the other 6 1/2 people who bought tickets besides me? I guess all the others I saw in the theater I went to bought tickets to Up, then snuck into TF2.

    These are cool stats, JT. I almost feel sorry to have messed with ya, then. Almost. When you brag about having the most posts, the rabble and peons below will snap back!
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    Well, as long as it's only you rabble and peons doing it...

    I'll give Bay one thing, the man definitely knows how to get people to go see movies they then don't like that much.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

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    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    I'll give Bay one thing, the man definitely knows how to get people to go see movies they then don't like that much.
    That's called niche marketing.
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    I thought it was called market manipulation and brainwashing.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

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    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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