Transformers: Age of Extinction may not be this year's best movie but it is by far its most profitable. As of the publishing of this post, the Transformers sequel is No. 1 in the 2014 worldwide box office with $1.03 billion in ticket sales. This is way ahead of the No. 2 movie which is X-Men Days of Future Past with $741 million worldwide.
Transformers 5 is coming. Without a doubt. But the real question is if director Michael Bay will direct his fifth Transformers film in a row. Before Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay said he was done with the franchise but then was compelled to return, and he did.
While hardcore Generation 1 Transformers fans dislike Bay's movie versions of the Autobots and Decepticons, they still go see it. (Sad fact: This guy included.) But this incarnation of the Transformers was made for a new generation of younger fans more so than the older fans.
So while Transformers: Age of Extinction is the second Transformers film in a row to break the billion dollar barrier (Transformers: Dark of the Moon made $1.12B), the question is once again posed if Bay will return to the franchise again.
Not according to a new report from USA Today, the news outlet writes:
"[Bay] believes he will pass the baton for future Transformer movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere.”
Same old song and dance. What Bay is saying now might change by the time Transformers 5 is ready to hire its director. But Bay seems ready to move on to other film projects that are not about giant alien robots.
"There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make," said Bay to USA Today. "I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles."
We'll see Mr. Bay. We will see... because we have heard this from you before.