STAR TREK Warps Into First with $76.5 Mil (

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2009


Space, the final frontier. These are the box office numbers of Paramount’s reboot of Star Trek.  Boldly going where previous Enterprises went before, the real mission for this re-launch was to blast younger versions of Kirk, Spock, Bones and their legendary ship into box office hyperspace not seen before in the popular franchise.
And after looking at the weekend estimates of $72.5 million, Paramount executives and director J.J. Abrams have achieved just that. The new film has already doubled the franchise’s previous debut record and is most definitely set to beat the domestic total record by the time Terminator Salvation hits theaters in two weeks.
The highest debuting film of the franchise was Star Trek: First Contact which pulled in $30.7 million on the Thanksgiving holiday in 1996. Overall, the highest grossing Trek film of all time is 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which pulled in $109.7 million.
Most of the foreign precincts have also been tallied up with Star Trek grabbing another $35.5 million on 5,000 screens in 54 territories. Combined with the total domestic total (Thursday included) of $76.5 million, Paramount Pictures has racked up $112.0 million after only four days of release. Great numbers for a studio looking to reinvent their franchise for mass market appeal.
We’re now two weekends into the summer tent pole season and this is when the box office races will become much more interesting for fans. Like last year, the May lineup is saturated with big budget productions one week after each other and with each incoming debut, the previous weekend champion hopes to maintain strong legs and cut a bigger piece of the box office pie from their competitors.
With the obvious champion being Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek franchise, 20th Century Fox was hoping to maintain some strong holdout numbers for the previous champion X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Instead, the studio found the film dropping 68% in its second weekend by pulling in another $27.0 million here in the states. The weekend numbers boosted their domestic gross to $129.6 million after ten days of release.
Large domestic drop or not, the latest X-Men film is still pulling in fantastic numbers overseas this weekend. Coming in just shy of Star Trek’s international cume, the Hugh Jackman-vehicle maintained the #1 spot in some foreign territories and found $29.7 million on 9,000 screens, which makes for a foreign gross of $123.7 million. Considering the illegal download fiasco and some negative reviews, Fox executives are likely very pleased with their film grabbing $253.3 million worldwide after two weekends.
Can it beat X-Men: The Last Stand’s worldwide tally of $459.3 million? We shall see…
Warner Bros. and New Line follow in 3rd place with their romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past finding another $10.4 million in its second weekend of release. The film is showing on 3,175 theaters so the latest numbers gives it a respectable average of $3,291 per showing for audiences across the nation. When combined with last weekend’s debut, the film has a domestic gross of $30.2 million.
Those marketing geniuses over at Screen Gems are also celebrating by nearly tripling their budget with Obsessed.  The film, which reportedly cost only $20 mil to produce, grabbed another $6.6 million in 4th place this weekend. The latest numbers has it at $56.2 million overall. Low budgets and decent profits is Screen Gems’ modus operandi.
Landing in 5th place is Warner Bros.’ 17 Again, which found another $4.4 million in its fourth weekend of release. The film has pulled in $54.1 million domestically.

Star Trek
$72.5 mil
$76.5 mil
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
$27.0 mil
$129.6 mil
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
$10.4 mil
$30.2 mil
$6.6 mil
$56.2 mil
17 Again
$4.4 mil
$54.1 mil
Next Day Air
$4.0 mil
$4.0 mil
The Soloist
$3.6 mil
$23.5 mil
Monsters vs. Aliens
$3.3 mil
$186.8 mil
$2.4 mil
$26.0 mil
Hanna Montana The Movie
$2.4 mil
$74.0 mil

Much like last summer, I’ll be updating each summer release’s performance below as we move forward through the tent pole season.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil
$129.6 mil
Foreign: $123.7 mil
Worldwide: $253.3 mil
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $72.5 mil
$76.5 mil
Foreign: $35.5 mil
Worldwide: $112.0 mil
Friday May 15, 2009 Releases:
Angels & Demons (3,400+)
The Brothers Bloom
Big Man Japan
Summer Hours

Series: Star Trek