Howard Stern keeps moving the needle.. downwards Tammy becomes the latest in a long line of movies that was promoted in studio to underachieve Melisa McCarthy's Tammy will end the weekend with $32 million ($20 million budget) It's almost like Howard doesn't have 24 million listeners or something Box Office: ‘Transformers 4,’ ‘Tammy’ Top Dreadful July 4th Weekend VarietyJuly 6, 2014 By Brent Lang Transformers: Age of Extinction topped a Fourth of July holiday that let out a whimper at the box office instead of a bang. Overall, this holiday weekend topped out at approximately $122 million total, a roughly 45% drop from last year’s Independence Day, which brought in $230 million overall. “There wasn’t another big tentpole movie to compete withTransformers,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst of BoxOffice.com. “There was a hesitancy on the part of studios to open against it, but what the market is saying is that there was room for another tentpole to compete with it.” The fourth Transformers film netted $36.4 million in its second week of release from 4,233 locations, pushing the $210 million production to $174.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates. Internationally, the film continued to be a juggernaut, particularly in China, where it is outpacing its domestic run, adding another $50.9 million to its bottom line and putting its total from the Asian nation at $212.8 million. The film topped the foreign box office with $95.8 million from 37 territories, lifting its international total to $400.9 million. Among the crop of new releases, New Line’s Tammy fared the best, wrangling $32.9 million across 3,400 screens over its first five days, $21.2 million of it coming from the weekend. That’s a lower figure than pre-release tracking had suggested it would attract, with most analysts predicting a debut of $40 million over its first five days in theaters. The Melissa McCarthy comedy cost a modest $20 million to produce, so its opening figure still puts it on the path to profitability. Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman said credit goes to McCarthy for bringing in crowds. “Her fans love her and they support her and we’re happy to be in business with her,” he said. “We’re a strong number two this weekend,” Fellman added, predicting the film would end up with between $80 million to $100 million over its stateside run. Word-of-mouth for Tammy could be problematic. The picture earned poor reviews (27% on Rotten Tomatoes) and received a lackluster C+ CinemaScore rating.