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The film was released on Memorial Day weekend in 2001.
Again, Bay produced the film with Jerry Bruckheimer.
His opinion changed after seeing it in the theater and he was so impressed by the experience that he decided to become a film director.
His follow-up film, The Rock (1996), was an action movie set on Alcatraz Island, and in the San Francisco Bay area.It was the first film Bay made without Jerry Bruckheimer as a producer. The previews earned .8 million, and in its first day of general release it grossed .8 million, a record for Tuesday box office attendance.The Island cost 6 million to produce and earned million domestically and 7 million overseas making a worldwide total of 3 million. It broke the record held by Spider-Man 2 for the biggest July 4 gross, making million.The film grossed 8 million domestically, enough to cover the production budget, and 3 million worldwide, almost twice as much as the first movie.In 2005, Bay directed The Island, a science fiction film starring Ewan Mc Gregor and Scarlett Johansson.
The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Song.