Box Office: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailing 2009’s ‘Star Trek’ With $22 Million Friday

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Paramount's 3D sequel earns $22 million Friday

After an auspicious  start, “Star Trek Into Darkness” had trouble breaking new ground Friday, earning a modest $22 million at the domestic box office for an estimated $65 million weekend.

That’s well below the Paramount’s first “Star Trek” feature, which earned $79.2 million in its 2009 debut.

SEE ALSO: ‘Iron Man 3’ Hits $1 Billion Worldwide

J.J. Abrams’ 3D sequel did open a day earlier (Wednesday night) than its predecessor but the sci-fi tentpole had been tracking for an $85 million-plus weekend. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” also didn’t benefit from 3D sales.

Paramount and Skydance co-financed the $190 million feature, which is playing in 3762 locations, including 336 Imax 3D theaters.

“Star Trek’s” four-day domestic cume is projected to reach $83.5 million, according to Paramount, and the film’s international tally is currently orbiting $75 million for the weekend (33 int’l territories).

The numbers aren’t exactly chump change for Paramount but considering the film’s “A” Cinemascore from audiences and successful relaunch of the “Star Trek” franchise in 2009, the U.S. figures are less than encouraging for a studio in dire need of a hit.

A big factor playing into “Star Trek’s” mildness could be attributed to two bulky holdovers in Disney/Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” and Warners’ “The Great Gatsby.”

“Iron Man 3” earned an estimated $9.5 Friday, bringing its domestic cume to $311.4 million, while the femme-friendly “Gatsby” grossed an estimated $7.7 million on Friday.

Memorial Day weekend won’t get any less crowded for “Star Trek,” as WB’s “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast & Furious 6” join the fray on May 23 and May 24, respectively.

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  2. T Jamieson says:

    I went to see the Star Trek movie (midnight showing on Wednesday), even brought tickets in advance, but for the regular theatre and not the “3D” one. I didn’t want to be distracted by the 3D effect in enjoying the movie. In fact, until technology catches up and I can see a 3D movie without the bothersome glasses I won’t and don’t watch too many movies in 3D. I enjoy the Star Trek universe’s special effects on portraying the scienctific and mechanical aspects of space travel and living, as well as the characters, their lines and the whole story in general. The only time I saw the 3D effect being in any way and good idea was in “Avatar”. ‘Nuff said. As for those whose comments say Star Trek is for Trekkies only, well the same can be said for all those Twilight movies (vampire and werewolves). Of course its targeted for sci-fi fans, nerds and Trekkers. Plain and simple, it’s a money maker. I enjoyed it immensely.

  3. R. Paul Dhillon says:

    This Star Trek is just blah, blah, blah! Nothing extraordinary and mostly for Trekkies! It’s bloated and looked very artificial!

  4. This is odd at first glance, especially when the international takings for this film are so much higher than for the previous film.

    However Iron Man Three and the Great Gatsby are both still fresh, and are looking to make just over and just under the last film’s competition, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. They are both going to be taking away many of the exact customers that Star Trek would be hoping for.

    The release date for this film was a gamble all over. It’s too close to Iron Man, Gatsby, Fast 6 & Hangover 3. G.I. Joe’s date may well have been a safer bet.

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