‘Transformers’ pulls in $36.7 on Friday

Action-sequel raises domestic cume to $125.9

Paramount-DreamWorks’ action-sequel “Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen” continued to dominate the box office Friday raking in $36.7 million and raising its running domestic cume to $125.9 million over three days.

While “Revenge of the Fallen” is heading for a five-day worldwide B.O. record, box office observers have estimated that its domestic haul over the same frame could be north of $190 million. “Dark Knight” holds the five-day opening domestic B.O. record with $203.8 million. Directed by Michael Bay who also helmed the first “Transformers,” “Revenge of the Fallen” is currently playing at 4,234 theaters, 169 of which are Imax.

Titles for femme auds proved to be solid counterprogramming to “Revenge of the Fallen” as Disney’s Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy “The Proposal” took second with $6.1 million and Warner Bros.-New Line release “My Sister’s Keeper”starring Cameron Diaz bowed in fourth with $5.1 million on 2,606. Through eight days, “The Proposal” has collected close to $57 million off 3,058, more than double the B.O. that Bullock’s highest grossing romantic comedy, 2000’s “Miss Congeniality,” cleared over the same frame.

Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover” slotted third with $5.3 million, down 37% on 3,525 for a running cume in its fourth Friday of $171.3 million.

Disney-Pixar’s “Up” nabbed fifth with $3.9 million, down 35% on 3,487 for a running B.O. in its fifth Friday of $241.1 million.

Focus Features’ limited release of the Sam Mendes pic “Away We Go” took the tenth spot yesterday with $507,000, seeing a jump in its Friday-to-Friday B.O. of 104% after upping its theater count from 132 to 495. Current B.O. stands at $2.9 million.

Summit Entertainment reaped a boffo opening theater average of $11,132 from Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq actioner “The Hurt Locker” which minted $44,528 from four Gotham and Los Angeles sites.

Miramax’s period piece “Cheri” directed by Stephen Frears and starring Michelle Pfeiffer grossed $111,000 off 76 engagements. Pic marks the second time since 1988’s “Dangerous Liaisons” that the actress and British helmer have worked together.

Sony Classics’ Woody Allen comedy “Whatever Works” saw a 27% spike in its second Friday with $98,000 from 35 engagements for an eight-day cume of $477,164.