Aziz Ansari has pleaded with moviegoers across the world to stop watching Transformers movies.
The comedian/actor took to his Twitter account to make the statement, writing:
With all due respect, people of China, stop seeing Transformers so much, you’re making movies worse for everyone!
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) July 8, 2014
As you can see it proved to be quite a popular remark, as 2,224 people decided to retweet it while 3,173 favorited it too, numbers that Ansari’s Twitter posts seldom get. In fact this was 100 times more popular than most of his other Tweets.
However, it looks as though Ansari’s outburst isn’t going to affect the total haul of the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s robotic series; Transformers: Age Of Extinction has now grossed over $60 0million at the global box office in just two weeks.
Age Of Extinction, which saw Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, and Kelsey Grammar replace the likes of Shia LaBeouf, John Turturo, and Josh Duhamel in the franchise, allegedly took in over $100 million in its opening weekend at the US box office.
However, this is nothing compared to its impact in China, where in just two weeks it has become the most popular film in the country’s history. Earlier this week it was confirmed that Transformers: Age Of Extinction had grossed over $222 million, which means that it had now eclipsed the record set by Avatar in 2009.
It’s no surprise that the film has done so well in China though, as Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay had worked hard to make sure that it appealed specifically to that market. The last act of Age Of Extinction is set in Hong Kong, while there are numerous product placements in the film for Chinese products and government officials from the country are shown to be in calm and collected in the face of their robotic adversaries, which is in stark contrast to the American government, which is shown to be either corrupt or inept.
Meanwhile, despite its impressive box-office haul, Age Of Extinction hasn’t escaped the critical mauling that is usually associated with the Transformers franchise. In fact it currently holds a 17 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is the lowest of the series so far.
Rotten Tomatoes says of the film: “With the fourth installment in Michael Bay’s blockbuster ‘Transformers’ franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply.”
Did you enjoy Transformers: Age Of Extinction?