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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just passed $600 million at the worldwide box office, despite mostly really bad reviews. This is nothing new. Mainstream audiences don’t listen to the critics, and big screen spectacle will almost always win over quality entertainment. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the movie, not all the bad reviews in the world. It’s an event movie — and I needed to see it for myself. It should be noted that box office should never be looked at as an indication of the mainstream public’s thoughts on a movie (it sold tons of tickets so the mainstream public must’ve loved it) but only an indication of the hype (and in later weeks, possibly word of mouth).

The success of Transformers 2 got me thinking. What is the worst reviewed box office success of all time? Could it be Revenge of the Fallen? Find out what I’ve uncovered after the jump.
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LOL: Transformers Meets Armageddon Concept Art

We’ve featured Jester and Jolin‘s incredible fan-created Transformers concept art in the past (The Dark Knight Tumbler, Trailblazer and Jetfire). Recently the duo created concept art based on the Armadillo, the space drilling vehicle from Michael Bay’s Armageddon. The new autobot apparently even has a myspace page.

In the year 2029, the asteroid Apophis (270 meters in length) is scheduled to pass by Earth, significantly within the moon’s orbit. While the vast majority of us have probably already either taken the attitude of a) Resigning ourselves to an asteroidal death, or b) Completely disregarding the possibility that anything catyclismic could ever originate from outer space, a select few of the best and brightest of us entered the Move an Asteroid Competition, which evaluated technical papers on how to deflect an asteroid or comet from colliding with Earth.

The Register reports that Mary D’Souza recently won the competition for the paper entitled “A Body Solar Sail Concept for the Deflection of 99942 Apophis.” D’Souza’s plan calls for wrapping the asteroid with mylar film, which will cause solar radiation pressure to move the asteroid off of its path.

As I read this news, I realized that I had heard an extremely similar plan long ago: It was one of the solutions presented for the asteroid that threatened to destroy us in Michael Bay’s Armageddon.

For those of you who don’t have 100% recall of that film, remember that before they hire Bruce Willis’ character to sweep in and save Earth, Billy Bob Thornton at NASA entertained a wide variety of solutions to dealing with the asteroid. Here is the exact line from the movie, delivered by one of NASA’s scientists:

Some of us have got this idea: We want to land a craft, deploy solar sails. You’ll have a great big canopy. Solar winds will be caught by these mylar sails!

This outlandish and ridiculous plan draws an extremely pissed off response by Billy Bob Thornton:

C’mon guys! We’ve gotta come up with something realistic here!

That’s of course the point at which someone comes up with the genius idea to bring in Willis and his ex-convict/roided up colleagues and shoot them into space to drill a hole in the asteroid and then drop a nuke into it. To even the most casual scientific observer, this plan was obviously superior and more plausible than the mylar sails…until now.

That being said, it’s interesting that Armageddon writer Jonathan Hensleigh is now batting two for two in coming up with scenarios that have frightening real-world implications; Hensleigh fans will remember that he was detained by the FBI after writing Die Hard With a Vengeance because they determined that that movie’s plan to rob the Federal Reserve was actually possible.

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