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STAR TREK Warps Into First with $76.5 Mil

Paramount successfully revives their Trek franchise.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 10, 2009

Chris Pine as James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK(2009).
© Paramount Pictures


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


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TheMovieGuy28 5/8/2009 10:50:41 PM


7 Million sounds great....I am thinking it will bow with anywhere from 80-113 million. I was in a packed theater, not even Logan did that last week.



Oh, and the was incredible....the geek inside references, the spot-on casting choices (Karl Urban is Bones reborn!!), the new look which felt like a real G*dDamned ship,  and Nero provided a villian who you actually thought could win.

This Trek owns, son!



Waltzforzizi 5/8/2009 11:20:42 PM

I thought it was a very good movie.  I didn't think of it as StarTrek, but a good cheesy popcorn flick which i enjoyed very much btw.   Anyone else think thats Abram went el cheapo on the enterprise sets.  I mean come on.. the engine room looked like an f-ing brewery (which it must have been filmed in one) and the bridge looks like it was put together with cardbord, duct tape, a little fiberglass and then painted white.  Galaxy quest had a better set design.   I think all the money went to the cg, which was probably better than any ST movie to date.  What the writers did to Vulcan and Romulus is BS in the ST universe and leaving it that way at the end of the movie.. honestly i can't think of this as Star Trek, just a good campy summer scifi flick.

Cacaoatl 5/9/2009 12:26:31 AM

Star Trek would have made more money if a bunch of Trekkies weren't treating this movie like the "Last Temptation of Kirk". I think it will have solid opening numbers once the weekend is over.

Whiskeymovie 5/9/2009 5:35:57 AM

Well, I totally loved the movie. I think it was fantastic. The story was good enough to keep the movie going and the action was great. I saw this yesterday morning at 9:45 am, and it was a packed house. That to me suggests big numbers for this movie. I am going to see it again tonight with some friends, and I am pumped to see it again.....and I say fuck the is about change and moving on, and you sometimes don't know what kind of great shit you are missing by being a closed minded douche.

20105 5/9/2009 7:21:14 AM

Just saw the movie.  If TOS is my "old girl", you might just see me on that show "CHEATERS".

redhairs99 5/9/2009 8:32:51 AM






This film didn't really do anything to Romulus.  Romulus was destroyed in the future.  Will the same events that lead to its destruction still come to pass?  Maybe, maybe not.  Now destroying Vulcan had me a little pissed at first, but the more I think about it, it's not too bad.  I mean, there's still at least 10,000 Vulcans out there (not a large number, but it's not the end of their species).  They could easily move to a new planet and call it Vulcan and slowly rebuild their population.  If you're worried that none of the other Vulcan characters they have appeared on the various shows and movies will have survived or may never come into existence, just remember there's still 10,000 Vulcans or more alive and these other characters or their ancestors could be among those who survived.  Vulcans surpress their emotions, so it makes logical sense that they would just rebuild and never think to mention these events again.  The culture surviving is all that matters.

almostunbiased 5/9/2009 11:13:18 AM

Totally amazing movie.  Loved it.  Best movie this year, but that's not saying much.  I'm loving this new universe they've created and love the old (new) characters.  The actors did a great job.  Very funny and emotional too, with a ton of kick butt action.  Can't say enough good things.  Now that said, teh writing wasn't perfect and I found a couple flaws in the plot, but nothing bad.

SPOILER- ARGUEMENT- That's just it redhairs.  Nothing after this has to be the same so it doesn't matter if those vulcans will still exist. -END SPOILER

redhairs99 5/9/2009 1:16:10 PM





That's true, almostunbiased.  I was just stating that almost everything else if not everything we already how of the universe could STILL be the same.  Who's to say just have much the changes in the timeline really altered this new universe?  It could be major or it could be isolated to just what was presented in this film.  I don't mind the changes.  I was just trying to tell the true "purists" of Trek that not all they hold dear woulld necessary be lost.

xenomorph 5/9/2009 2:07:28 PM

I loved this movie. A true summer blockbuster. Chris Pine and Zack Quinto were excelent as Kirk and Spock, and Simon Pegg stole the show as Scotty. I loved how they had all of the classic lines from the original series in the film.

tombaker 5/9/2009 2:18:16 PM

OLSEN HAD A RED SUIT ON!!!!! RED SHIRT BITES IT AGAIN!!! I saw kirk... Sulu... and dude in red shirt... i about shlt myself laughing!!!! Was like... you are going to die :) ha ha ha!!!!


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