Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club

Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 8:19pm CDT

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Dutch movie site MovieAlert.com has added all the figures together and came to the following conclusion. Because of his work on the Transformers Movie, Michael Bay has become only the 13th person in movie making history to be part of the Director's Billion Dollar Club. With the boxoffice results Transformers has made thus far, added to what his previous movies, including Pearl Harbor and Bad Boys, has made domestically, Michael Bay's movies (as a director) have now collectively made over a billion dollars. Other movie directors in the Billion Dollar Club include George Lucas, Chris Columbus, Peter Jackson, Sam Raimi, Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, James Cameron, with Steven Spielberg leading the pack.

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Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227723)
Posted by i_amtrunks on July 17th, 2007 @ 8:25pm CDT
I feel all empty and hollow inside, knowing I helped Michael Bay join such an elite club...
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227747)
Posted by Burn on July 17th, 2007 @ 8:39pm CDT
i_amtrunks wrote:I feel all empty and hollow inside, knowing I helped Michael Bay join such an elite club...


Deeper down in that pit of emptyness ... you enjoyed doing it.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227759)
Posted by General Magnus on July 17th, 2007 @ 8:43pm CDT
I like most of Bay┬┤s films. The Rock and Armageddon and now Transformers are in my top 10 favourite movies. 2,4 and 8 places.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227776)
Posted by Mr.RobotoAutoMan on July 17th, 2007 @ 8:50pm CDT
bay was in the billion dollar club before he made transformers. hes was the youngest director to reach the billion dollar club
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227796)
Posted by steve2275 on July 17th, 2007 @ 9:02pm CDT
yay bay
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227806)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on July 17th, 2007 @ 9:07pm CDT
I like most of bays movies(except pearl harbor. that movie sucked.) but i feel that this will just inflate his ego even more now. And thats something no one needs to deal with.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227818)
Posted by Powermaster Jazz on July 17th, 2007 @ 9:15pm CDT
Now maybe his undeserved reputation as a hack will be over.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227820)
Posted by Nemesis_Apoc on July 17th, 2007 @ 9:15pm CDT
holy... sh*t... well, my friends, we have only ourselves to blame for such a blasphemous and unholy occurance... this will surely usher in the age of the great apocalypse upon humankind...
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227822)
Posted by Autobot Hero on July 17th, 2007 @ 9:16pm CDT
Megatron_Wolf wrote:I like most of bays movies(except pearl harbor. that movie sucked.) but i feel that this will just inflate his ego even more now. And thats something no one needs to deal with.


Yeahm, Pearl Harbor was horrible.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227870)
Posted by Burn on July 17th, 2007 @ 9:50pm CDT
Nemesis_Apoc wrote:holy... sh*t... well, my friends, we have only ourselves to blame for such a blasphemous and unholy occurance... this will surely usher in the age of the great apocalypse upon humankind...


No no, that happens when Uwe Boll joins the club.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227901)
Posted by wingdarkness on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:01pm CDT
I get a mulligan for Bad Boys 1 (Bay had yet to give his soul to Satan at that point)...I did pay for the Rock which Bay produced so I'm still safe...I didn't pay for Transformers, told my friend either he paid or I'd never see it so that's not in my pocket...Watched Pearl Harbor on DVD and never saw the Island, So I gave Bay a grand total of approx. 8 bucks as a director...

So yeah I deserve death...

Edit: Damn he did direct "The Rock", thought that was Brukheimer...$hit I kinda liked that one...He produced ConAir which I really liked..So I gave Bay 16 bucks...I don't deserve an afterlife for admitting this...
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227910)
Posted by Autobot032 on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:05pm CDT
Whether or not you like his work, you have to give Bay credit for the following:

1.) He's a hell of a hard worker. He does put the work and time in.

2.) His movies are entertaining to the masses. Not every movie fits every audience, but all of his movies have entertained at least some people.

3.) He knows what he's doing. It's not just the director at fault when a movie sucks, it's the writers and the producers as well.

It's the old "too many cooks in the kitchen..." too many people changing, correcting, editing, etc and when it's all said and done, the movies are chopped. (TF is proof of this.)

The most glaring examples of chopped movies are: Highlander 2: The Quickening (the movie was taken from a little over 120 minutes and chopped (mercilessly) to 90 minutes.

And Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (anyone who's ever watched it on DVD saw there's a piece of footage not seen in the theaters, and when watched on TV, pieces from the theatrical and DVD versions are cut and new footage never seen is added in it's place.)

For Highlander, it was the producers and payroll for the movie studio that horrendously cut the film. For Ace, it was the director himself who felt the movie didn't need the pieces. (He was wrong, but he did it.)

So don't always blame Bay for how a movie is, it's not just his neck in the noose.

Armageddon was visually entertaining (the worldwide damage shots, and special effects were fantastic, so were the stunts.) but the story really really lacked. He didn't pen it, someone else did. It's not his fault that the script was hollow.

Same with TransFormers...sure, Rogers, Kurtzman and Orci could've made something deeper (especially after reading the leaked script from '06) but without Bay's input, the movie wouldn't have been nearly as long as it was (which was actually a good thing that it clocked in at 2.5 hours, had it been shorter, it would've been overkill and too much to process.) and it wouldn't have had the new pieces to the story that we never saw in the original script.

Bay added to it, not detracted from it. He did a fine job of directing it, he just could've done without the shaky cam crap.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227912)
Posted by Mr.RobotoAutoMan on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:07pm CDT
wingdarkness wrote:I get a mulligan for Bad Boys 1 (Bay had yet to give his soul to Satan at that point)...I did pay for the Rock which Bay produced so I'm still safe...I didn't pay for Transformers, told my friend either he paid or I'd never see it so that's not in my pocket...Watched Pearl Harbor on DVD and never saw the Island, So I gave Bay a grand total of approx. 8 bucks as a director...

So yeah I deserve death...


i have all of bays films including his 2 criterion collection. shall i came with you?
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227922)
Posted by Autobot032 on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:13pm CDT
Mr.RobotAutoMan wrote:
wingdarkness wrote:I get a mulligan for Bad Boys 1 (Bay had yet to give his soul to Satan at that point)...I did pay for the Rock which Bay produced so I'm still safe...I didn't pay for Transformers, told my friend either he paid or I'd never see it so that's not in my pocket...Watched Pearl Harbor on DVD and never saw the Island, So I gave Bay a grand total of approx. 8 bucks as a director...

So yeah I deserve death...


i have all of bays films including his 2 criterion collection. shall i came with you?


That's an absolute bullsh*t view. If that were true, people wouldn't even be allowed in the basement of Hell just for watching Uwe Boll's films.

You're fine watching, enjoying, and owning Bay films. People just like to sit on their high horse and look down on others. Problem is, there's always someone who's higher up, so that means all of these bitchers have their faces firmly planted in the horse's ass.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (227936)
Posted by wingdarkness on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:23pm CDT
Soundwave: "Bay apologists eject!"
@Autobot032 -
Dude I'm not about to get into another argument, worship Bay all you like I don't have the energy...

I don't own one Bay film...But what's funny is while I never liked Bay, his dealings with Transformers is what made me loathe him...His arrogance and down-right contempt for anyone who questions anything he does made me feel this way...The way he steamrolled over ILM and company for his Bayformers made me lose respect I didn't even have for him...I acknowledge his success, but he still makes the most generic movies I've ever seen in my life...But like I said I liked Bad boys 1 and The Rock...Guess it helped I was teenager and I made out with my GF during both movies...

ALright I lied I made out just during the Rock, I actually was into Bad Boys 1 because Martin was at the height of his career then...
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (228363)
Posted by ChromedomeMK2 on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:29am CDT
Good for him, he have along way to go.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (228384)
Posted by nelson_michaelbay_com on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:42am CDT
Is that article referring to domestic box office only? If that's the case, then the article is right.

If it's referring to international box office results, then it is wrong. Previous to Tranformers, Bay's films had made somehwere around 2 billion worldwide.
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (228393)
Posted by SoooTrypticon on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:49am CDT
Having paid for Ratatouille to see Bay's latest effort to hold a camera (you know, an ILM friend says Bay can't even get insurance for his cameras because he breaks so many) I feel no sorrow, only pity. Maybe when he screws over the Dinobots and introduces Arcee (voiced by Halle Barry) people will come round. "Me Grimlock say 'Wus up lil' bitches?'"
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (228396)
Posted by Mr.RobotoAutoMan on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:50am CDT
nelson_michaelbay_com wrote:Is that article referring to domestic box office only? If that's the case, then the article is right.

If it's referring to international box office results, then it is wrong. Previous to Tranformers, Bay's films had made somehwere around 2 billion worldwide.


thats what i said. his other films reached the billion dollar mark. before he started working with transformers
Re: Transformers gets Michael Bay Into the Billion Dollar Club (228399)
Posted by The Paragon of Virtue on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:52am CDT
SoooTrypticon wrote:Having paid for Ratatouille to see Bay's latest effort to hold a camera


Is that supposed to be impressive or something?

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