Last night Oscar-winner Tom Hanks was a guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Conan brought up how his movie Angels & Demons has been competing with Star Trek. Hanks said that he thought the Star Trek film was "great" then went on to show how much of a Trekkie he is by screaming out TOS episode titles. See video of that below, plus the latest box office numbers.
Tonight show Trek
The Tom Hanks segment was actually not the first part of the show that brought up Trek. It came up earlier in the show during a comedy bit about Twitter (which Hanks referred to later).
Then during the second part of Hank’s interview the subject of Angels & Demons came up, including how it was competing with Star Trek.
Yes Hanks did yell out “City on the Edge of Tomorrow” instead of “City on the Edge of Forever” but he still showed off his Trek cred, so we will cut him slack on that one. Conan also shows his inner Trekkie by noting that “A Piece of the Action” had Vic Tayback as a guest star.
Box Office Update
As it did last weekend, Star Trek has stayed in fifth place on Monday and Tuesday, beating Angels & Demons both days. On Monday it brought in $1.27M in domestic sales and on Tuesday it had $1.33M. The total domestic sales for Star Trek now stands at $211.91M. Star Trek’s international sales have also picked up (likely due to the opening in Japan), bringing in $2.69M in the last two days for a total overseas take of $104.04M. Star Trek’s new total global gross is $315.95M.
Although Star Trek continues to beat Angels & Demons at the domestic box office, the Tom Hanks film has done over $250M overseas, easily beating Star Trek internationally. This presents an obvious conclusion. Put Tom Hanks in the sequel for guaranteed global dominance. [NOTE: I actually recommended Hanks for the role of Pike back in 2006, before it was even known Pike would be in the movie]