Sunday, May 10, 2009

Star Trek #1 Weekend Movie

If you’re the cast, crew or executives at Paramount, you probably have a very satisfied grin on your face as the preliminary numbers are out and Star Trek is #1 at the box office in the states and expected to do the same internationally once those numbers are out. According to Box Office Mojo, the weekend take is $72.5 million, the most successful launch for any Star Trek film to date. Previous record holder Star Trek: First Contact took in $30.7 million or around $52 million once account for inflation. It was also the second most successful weekend so far this year only behind Wolverine's $85M weekend (which experienced a massive 68.3% drop). Once you include Thursday ticket sales the total reaches $76.5 million.

US Estimated Sales breakdown:
Thursday: $4 million
Friday: $24 million
Saturday: $26 million
Sunday: $22.5 million
Total: $76.5 million

Next weekend the sequel to the Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, comes out so Star Trek is expected to take a box office hit from the new competition much like Wolverine from Trek. However, Star Trek is one of the highest rated movies of the year by both critics and viewers (96% on Rotten Tomatoes) so it will have something going for it that Wolverine didn't (only 37%) - excellent word of mouth. Anything below 50% will indicate that Star Trek will have a very profitable box office ride that could land it in the top three for the summer in revenue. As it is, it wouldn't surprise me if the sequel gets fast tracked with a larger budget.


  1. Yeah, some restart of the franchise.

    Kirk's father dies when he is supposed to live - destruction of the Vulcan homeworld - death of Amanda?

    Basically, J. J. Abrams 'erased' EVERYTHING Gene Roddenberry ever did.

    43 years of stories wiped clean in less than 2 hours.

    I really don't know what to think.

  2. Well, I want to forget that I ever saw or "ocurred" Star Trek V ^^