Bay welcomes Transformers criticism

12:19pm Monday 30th June 2014

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Michael Bay has said critics love to hate Transformers: Age Of Extinction, but he doesn't care because they still go to see the movie.

The fourth instalment of the director's robot franchise has dominated the global box office in its opening weekend, but is also the worst reviewed of the series with an 18 per cent rating on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Michael - who was joined by the stars of the movie for the European premiere in Berlin at the weekend - told MTV's Josh Horowitz: "They love to hate and I don't care; let them hate. They're still going to see the movie! I think it's good to get a little tension. Very good."

The Transformers films have always had their critics, since the first movie was released in 2007, scoring the highest rating of the franchise on Rotten Tomatoes with a fairly average 57 per cent.

Michael added: "I used to get bothered by it, but I think it's good to get the dialogue going. It makes me think, and it keeps me on my toes, so it's good."

And he's laughing all the way to the bank after the film - a reboot of the series which sees Mark Wahlberg replacing Shia LaBeouf as the male lead - has taken an estimated 301.3 million US dollars (£176.95 million) worldwide in its opening weekend.

The Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures production cost 210 million dollars (£123.33 million) to make.

And the director's decision to shoot some scenes on location in China, as well as casting Chinese actor Li Bingbing and using an array of Chinese sponsors proved fruitful as the film had the biggest opening weekend in the country's history - taking 90 million dollars (£52.86 million).

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