Paramount’s “Star Trek” opened to a solid $35.8 at the international box office over the May 8-10 frame, but it will need to keep phasers drawn in subsequent sessions if it’s to become a galactic phenom.
Playing on 5,556 screens in 54 territories, “Trek” warped to a per-location average of $6,443 on its opening weekend. The rebirthed sci-fier pulled in another $7 million on the next two weekdays; top numbers came from the U.K. ($11.2 million as of May 12), Germany ($5.2 million) and Australia ($4.4 million).
With Par opting for a worldwide promo push, the 11th “Trek” had nearly doubled the $24 million final foreign cume of “Star Trek: Nemesis,” its immediate predecessor.
In Germany, “Star Trek” took in $4.3 million in its opening frame, nearly tripling the soph sesh of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” — though blue skies and summer weather kept Teutons largely outdoors and out of cinemas as overall weekend box office revenue dropped nearly 12%.
Nevertheless, J.J. Abrams reworking of the franchise, which dazzled even haughty local critics, is certain to have long legs. “The director has pepped up the ‘Star Trek’ myth and given it emotional and epic dimension,” wrote newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “His ‘Star Trek’ is iconoclastic, but conceived from deep respect for the myth.”
“Star Trek” hit a bump in Italy, as it collided with 3-D horror pic “My Bloody Valentine,” which went out in Italy via Medusa on 278 locations — 110 of them 3-D equipped — and easily took the top spot, scaring up $2.35 million and a hefty $8,400 per-screen average.
By contrast, “Star Trek” pulled a paltry $1.1 million from 327 for a $3,500 per-screen average — narrowly edging the second frame of “Wolverine,” which dropped 62% to $1 million. However the “Star Trek” franchise has never done stellar biz in Italy, where historically it is less ingrained in the pop culture than in many other Western territories.
Overall, the frame saw the second weekend of 20th Century Fox’s “Wolverine” nearly match “Star Trek,” though it was aided by the fact it was playing on far more screens. “Wolverine” grossed $29.7 million from 8,982 screens in 102 markets for a 10-day foreign cume of $121.6 million.
“Wolverine” stayed No. 1 in 28 territories while declining a sizable 59% overall from its launch frame.
Disney scored decent counterprogramming coin, thanks to Miley Cyrus and her pull with tween audiences, as “Hannah Montana: The Movie” grossed $7.8 million at 1,500 in 16 markets, including a $3.4 million first-place launch in Spain — where it easily beat the second frame of “Wolverine” ($2.3 million) and more than doubled the “Star Trek” opening.
“Hannah” also scored $2.1 million in its British soph sesh, down only 33%. Still early in its foreign run, “Hannah” has cumed $19.7 million.
Families showed decent support for “Coraline,” which scored respectably with $3.7 million in the U.K., where 43% of the dates are 3-D and 67% of the gross came from those venues. The toon’s taken $15.2 million from 14 markets while still early in its run.
Ed Meza in Berlin and Nick Vivarelli in Rome contributed to this report.