Michael Bay Films: Poorly Reviewed and Seen by Everyone

It’s no surprise that Michael Bay’s films either make you happy (#awesome) or make you mad (#trash).

Given Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, with a 17% on Rottentomatoes.com, just became the highest grossing movie of the year (with a global box office of ~775 million), I thought it would be nice to just take a look back at how Bay’s movies have historically performed and how they’ve been reviewed (courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com and RottenTomatoes.com). The red line is the rotten tomato score with the US and non-US movie box office gross (in millions of dollars, and not accounting for inflation) of all of Bay’s movies (not including Pain and Gain given it’s more of a outlier when you look at Bay’s movies).


Not surprisingly, the results are exactly what you would have guessed. And keep in mind, Transformers 4, the worst reviewed movie from Bay to date, has only been in theaters for about two weeks….

So, sequels it is. It’s quite sad given good one-off movies like Edge of Tomorrow didn’t get much fanfare while having glowing reviews (a 90% on Rottentomatoes), with good word of mouth just not being enough. Many of the highest grossing  movies this year, like most years, are sequels (http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2014&p=.htm). And good one-offs like Edge of Tomorrow, while it did well overseas, no one here saw. Say what you will about sequels, but sequels make money.