Director Michael Bay’s unique brand of cinematic mayhem returns to theaters next week when Transformers: Age of Extinction — the fourth installment in the highly profitable Transformers film franchise — makes its debut on June 27. Unlike the three previous Transformers films, Transformers: Age of Extinction will not star Shia LaBeouf, but will instead feature Mark Wahlberg as the primary non-computer-generated protagonist. Like its predecessors, the latest Hasbro robot-based action flick is expected to be a commercial success, and some movie industry commentators are already hailing it as the first potential mega-hit of the summer.
While Bay has an enviable track record of success when it comes to accumulating box office receipts, his movies are typically panned by most film critics. Besides being widely derided for a directing style that tends to revolve around slow-motion shots of explosions and people running away, Bay has also been accused of using misogynistic and racist characters in his films. However, when it comes to the commercial aspect of movies, even Bay’s harshest critics have to admit that whether he’s rewriting the history of World War II or sending Bruce Willis into space, Bay has an undeniable talent for knowing what will attract moviegoers into theaters. With that in mind, here’s a look at the seven biggest blockbusters directed by Michael Bay.