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STAR TREK Shatters Estimates

Latest adventure breaks IMAX records.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 12, 2009
Source: IMAX, Paramount Pictures

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Some incoming press statements have revealed that IMAX records were broken and Sunday's estimates were incorrect for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Yesterday's box office report of a $76.5 million weekend was $3 million shy of the actual mark.

Paramount Pictures has issued the following statement.

The opening weekend tally for J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" was substantially higher than initial estimates. The Paramount Pictures release grossed $79.2 million over the three day period in 3,849 locations, almost $3 million higher than initial estimates thanks to strong attendance on Mother's Day. Initially, the well-reviewed adventure was expected to bring in $18.3 million on Sunday, but ended up grossing $21 million. Better than expected family attendance was credited with the upsurge.

"The spike over our initial estimates on Mother's Day demonstrates that the combination of strong reviews and solid word-of-mouth contributed to better than anticipated attendance by families yesterday, confirming our belief that 'Star Trek' has a broad, multi-generational appeal," said Rob Moore, Vice-Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

Meanwhile, the distributor and IMAX have passed along some of the records broken over the weekend.

IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures today announced that Star Trek: The IMAX Experience, directed by J.J. Abrams ("Mission: Impossible III", "Lost" and "Alias"), shattered virtually every opening weekend IMAX box office record, posting $8.5 million from 138 IMAX® theatres domestically. The limited IMAX run registered a per screen average of approximately $62,000 for the weekend, marking the highest grossing Friday, Saturday and Sunday ever for an IMAX opening. IMAX's domestic opening contributed 11% of the hit film's overall domestic box office gross of $79.2 million on less than 2% of the screens.

The IMAX release also broke records internationally, generating more than $1.1 million from 25 IMAX screens, for a per screen average of $44,000, bringing the worldwide IMAX box office to $9.6 million.

Star Trek has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

"We couldn't be happier with the overall performance of the film and we're particularly pleased with the incredibly strong performance of the expanding IMAX network. The enhanced image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience is clearly resonating with moviegoers," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures.

"Star Trek blew away virtually all of our opening weekend box office records," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "These strong results further validate our digital rollout and joint revenue sharing model with exhibitors and customers. The only factor limiting our box office performance this weekend was that our theatres were essentially at capacity, even with our expanding network. We anticipate continued strong performance through next weekend as the film is only scheduled to play in wide release in IMAX theatres for ten more days."

"This weekend demonstrates that, regardless of whether a film is in 2D or 3D, the power of The IMAX Experience continues to drive audiences at record levels to IMAX theatres worldwide," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Paramount Pictures really understands the power of bringing two great brands together, especially with a visionary director like J.J. Abrams, who had the foresight to recognize that IMAX and Star Trek are a perfect match. He has created an amazing film that perfectly aligns The IMAX Experience with Star Trek fans in addition to a much wider audience that reaches beyond devoted Trekkies."



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Wiseguy 5/12/2009 4:33:10 AM

Still fell short of the 100mil I called but still very good. Those I-Max records don't really impress me that much to be honest cause the format is still growing as movies keep getting wider releases in them the records will keep getting broken.

My understanding is that the cast already signed for the mandatory 3 film deal so I guess they can officially start working on the sequel.

The bar and expectations have been set fairly high. I wasn't nervous for this film but I am for the sequel.

Let the speculation begin. Which way will they go? A brand new adaventure or an adaptation of one of the old stories and if so which one. I'm thinking a variation or combination of The Cage or The Menagerie. Just stay away from time travel and alternate universes stories 

treebadger 5/12/2009 6:49:41 AM

wooo go trek still goto love the shatner

WhiteKnight 5/12/2009 7:05:37 AM

Wiseguy, if Abrams went to the trouble of doing this remake and used time travel as a means of making a clean break from continuity, what would be the sense in then going back to retell old stories. If that is what he ultimately decides on, the bitching Trek fans did about this movie will pale in comparrison to the bitching they will do then.

monkeyfoot 5/12/2009 7:31:34 AM

It was great on a conventional screen. Now I have to see it on an IMAX sometime this summer.

I would imagine they would do a mostly original story for the sequel. They could use elements of some of TOS as a jumping off point. Hopefully they'll stick in some of Roddenberry's vision in that one which was the only thing missing from this film.

Bryzarro 5/12/2009 7:59:47 AM

I read that the two main writers that came over from Transformers and JJ have already started to pen the script for the next movie. 

I would have to think they would go on all new missions.  Maybe throw in the old familiar face or something but my guess would be to play on what has changed due to Nero.  The Klingon's suffered some big losses, Vulcan could be considered very vulnerable but they've been beated down already so why punish them anymore in another new film.

I still do like the story with Khan but I don't know if they will use the genetic supermen storyline.

Wiseguy 5/12/2009 8:54:33 AM

I didn't hear too much bitching (except for Starlight) so I guess I wasn't listening to the same thing as whiteknight. And adapting some of the old stories can't be dismissed. Sure their timeline changed but that change doesn't affect the entire universe right away or the past so you can do a variation on old stories. To me it makes perfect sense and a way to perhaps improve and update some of those stories. Not suggesting that's the way to go but an open possibility.


Hobbs 5/12/2009 9:56:51 AM

Overall the story was a "C"  and I think once you guys end your honeymoon stage with the movie you'll see the script wasn't the greatest.  Don't get me wrong, i really enjoyed it but the performances, special effects, are what moved it to a "B" grade for me. Story was so-so and lots of sloppy writing.

Starlight, mania's website is all jacked up again meaning our profiles are too.  I replied to your questions but either it didn't go through or its on one your comment pages that you can't see right now. Just an FYI


Wiseguy 5/12/2009 11:02:01 AM

Nah, not bitchy Starlight. I'm bitchy. You just bitched about the new Trek, even before seen it. I don't make it out to be the greatest thing ever, Part 2 was still better but JJ did breath new life into the series, which was DEAD and did it without filling the ship with a bunch of geriatrics or a plain old reboot. And for that he has my gratitude

redhairs99 5/12/2009 11:15:07 AM

I'm sure where they should go with a new story, but I wonder if they'd consider giving Scott Bakula a quick cameo as Admiral Archer.  He was mentioned in this film but Scotty, so I assume he's still alive.  They could age him up a bit and it would make it flow along a bit more with the other series too. 

It could be as simple as Uhura saying, "Captain, we have an urgent communication from Starfleet Command." Kirk, "On Screen.." And BAM!  There's Admiral Archer to fill in Kirk on the current danger afflicting the Federation.

Hobbs 5/12/2009 12:05:20 PM

Are any of you guys George R.R. Martin fans? The guy who is writing the Song of Fire and Ice that they just accounced is going to be made into a series on HBO.   If you get a chance, check out his website in his "not a blog" section he rips the Star Trek movie an new A- hole.  He had a problem with the writing too.

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