‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ reaches billion dollar milestone

Shia LaBeouf's swansong is the third film this year to break the barrier

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon has reached the landmark figure of $1billion in box office sales.

This means that the Top 10 highest grossing films of all time have all made upwards of $1billion, following the news that Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two have both surpassed the figure.

Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, congratulated the team behind the robot sequel, saying:

We are grateful for the extraordinary work of Michael Bay and his filmmaking team, executive producer Steven Spielberg and everyone at Paramount around the globe who played a part in helping make this latest Transformers one of the 10 highest grossing films worldwide of all time.

It is the first film in Paramount Pictures‘ 99-year history to break the $1billion barrier and pushes the company’s annual takings so far to over $2billion.

The All Time Worldwide Top 10 now includes as many 3D releases as 2D.

The Top 10, in descending order, is Avatar, Titanic, Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Toy Story 3, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Alice In Wonderland, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two, The Dark Knight and, finally, Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

While the Michael Bay-directed movie was ripped apart by critics, it still isn’t the lowest scoring film in the Top 10 by aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes‘ barometer. That dubious honour still belongs to the fourth Pirates film, with 33 per cent positive reviews, compared to Transformers‘ 36 per cent.

It was announced earlier this year that Transformers: Dark Of The Moon will be the last entry in the franchise for Shia LaBeouf and Michael Bay.