Some people would consider film director Michael Bay to be a man of exceptional talent. Others say that he spends millions, sometimes billions, of dollars on films that have no real plot and offer little more than you plus hours worth of testosterone overload with loads of explosions that don’t really lend themselves to much else. There’s no doubt that he’s made a lot of money over the years and while some love him and others loathe him, he is responsible for some of the more notable films that have been made over the course of the last several years. For example, he is responsible for the 2016 release of “A Quiet Place,” a movie that was largely loved by fans. That being said, he’s also responsible for the 2014 film “Ouija,” which was universally hated by Michael Bay fans and horror fans alike. As it turns out, Michael Bay is not just a director. As a matter of fact, he’s also acted in a number of projects and has actually served as a producer on more films than he has as a director, with 28 different projects to his credit. Below are five of his highest grossing films, ranked from number five to number one. Chances are, you’ve seen at least a few of the films that show up on this list, if not all of them.
5. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) ($602,893,340)
In the years prior to 2017, a number of films about the 1980s cartoon “Transformers” were released and this was the installment that dealt with humans becoming the saviors of the world once the franchise’s ever famous Optimus Prime was gone. Interestingly enough, a lot of people weren’t exactly fans of this particular project, largely because the storyline was progressing and changing as it moved away from the character of Optimus Prime. While some fans liked the fact that the story was fluid as opposed to allowing itself to grow stagnant, others weren’t so crazy about the idea of creating such massive and wide-sweeping changes. Regardless of that concern that was held by a number of franchise fans, this film did quite well at the box office, ultimately becoming one of the top five films for Michael Bay as far as money made is concerned.
4. Transformers (2007) ($708,272,592)
As you can see, Bay was tapped to make more than one “Transformers” film. This was the film that started the most current franchise and by all accounts, it was one that was much beloved by those who had been fans of the earlier cartoon as well as brand new fans who were only just being introduced to the franchise. This was definitely one of the more action-packed films that came out that year as well. At the end of the day, it proved to be extremely successful, fueling a decision by the studio to create a number of additional films as sequels, a franchise that is still going to this very day.
3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) ($813,599,619)
Only two years after the first “Transformers” movie directed by Michael Bay was released, this one came out. It was one that fans had been waiting for with bated breath, hence one of the reasons that it did so well in the box office internationally. It also had a number of undertones that were directly related to the perils of war, especially with regard to how it impacts those who don’t even have any direct involvement with it, yet can’t escape it. As far as “Transformers” fans were concerned, it was a worthy sequel to the movie they had seen two years earlier, thus setting the stage for more films of this type to come.
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) ($1,104,054,072)
As you can see, there is something of a pattern that is starting to emerge here. It probably won’t come as any surprise to learn that this film, as well as the film that has landed at number one, are all related to the same franchise. There are a couple of different reasons for this. First and foremost, it is a franchise that is much loved by fans. Similar to the “Star Wars” films or the “Halloween” franchise, these are films that dedicated fans have a tendency to go see, even if they weren’t particularly happy with the previous film. In fact, they tend to stick with the franchise, even when they’ve long become somewhat disenchanted with certain aspects of it. That being said, this particular film is one that fans absolutely loved, both for its connection to the franchise and as a standalone film in its own right. The plot itself deals with everyone being forced to pick up the pieces after an epic battle on Earth, as well as a new threat that is coming their way.
1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) ($1,123,794,079)
Just as the title of this film cheekily implies, the plot of this particular installment centers around two people from Earth who have less than honorable intentions in mind with regards to joining the Decepticons and creating as much havoc as they can possibly create. On the surface, it’s like most other Michael Bay films, complete with a lot of action and a number of very loud explosions. On a deeper level, it relates to the darker side that resides within all of us, one that most of us fight to keep pushed as far down as possible. In this particular case, the story explores what happens when people decide not only to stop pushing that side of them down, but to allow it to bubble to the surface and even embrace it. It just goes to show that fans truly love a good action movie when there is something even more important at stake.