Jaimie Trueblood
John Young
June 29, 2011 AT 06:29 PM EDT

Transformers: Dark of the Moon collected $13.5 million from late-night showings on Tuesday, according to Paramount. Of that amount, $5.5 million came from 9 p.m. “sneak previews” at about 2,700 3-D locations, while the remaining $8 million came from midnight showings on both 3-D and 2-D screens.

That places Michael Bay’s $195 million alien-robot threequel in between its two predecessors. Dark of the Moon outgrossed 2007’s original Transformers, which earned $8.8 million from its Monday night preview screenings and midnight shows. But Dark of the Moon fell quite a bit short of 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen, which consumed a colossal $16.6 million from midnight showings alone.

The largest midnight opening so far this year belongs to The Hangover Part II, which took in $10.4 million from midnight screenings. Dark of the Moon expands into 4,011 theaters today.

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