ST09 Tidbits: Trek Crosses $225M Domestically + Bana Reluctant Nero + NASA’s Lesson From Trek + more June 11, 2009by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Great Links,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback
Before it finished its fifth week at the domestic box office, Star Trek crossed the $225M mark yesterday. We have all the box office details below, plus the Trek lesson of the day (this time for NASA), Eric Bana talking about how he was reluctant to take the role of Nero, and a student project envisioning the Star Trek movie inside a mobile device.
Box Office Update: Trek crosses $225M domestic mark
On Wednesday Star Trek stayed in fifth place in the domestic box office, and crossed the $225M mark.
|Film||Wed 6/10||Total (dom) / days|
|1||THE HANGOVER||$6,655,228||$65,883,078 / 6|
|2||UP||$4,718,743||$151,537,818 / 13|
|3||LAND OF THE LOST||$1,637,265||$20,738,675 / 4|
|4||NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2||$1,616,869||$132,024,754 / 20|
|5||STAR TREK||$909,830||$225,473,885 / 34|
|6||TERMINATOR SALVATION||$866,408||$108,269,685 / 21|
|7||DRAG ME TO HELL||$727,935||$30,541,260 / 13|
|8||ANGELS & DEMONS||$713,351||$118,374,139 / 27|
|9||MY LIFE IN RUINS||$361,694||$4,312,054 / 6|
|10||X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE||$214,372||$174,997,427 / 41|
Internationally Star Trek picked up another $743K to bring the total international sales to $114,186,341. Star Trek’s new global total is $339,660,226.
Star Trek Lesson of the day: NASA can learn a thing or two
It seems that every day someone is talking about how someone else should learn from the new Star Trek movie. Today it is Esquire magazine that has an article "How NASA Can Keep Up With Star Trek (and China)":
Star Trek Left the ’60s Behind, but NASA’s Still Trapped in the ’70s
Hollywood director J.J. Abrams had the temerity to redesign the fictional U.S.S. Enterprise for this summer’s biggest box-office hit, indicating that even venerable Cold-War franchises from pop culture need to update themselves to capture the imagination of today’s tech-hungry masses. NASA, after more than three decades of losing itself and its way on the reusable space-shuttle program, has finally (finally!) come to the same conclusion.
Bana initially reluctant to play Nero
In a new interview with Australia’s Inside Film Eric Bana talks about his role in the Trek film and other projects. One of the more interesting bits was how he said he was initially reluctant to take on the role:
At the Star Trek world premiere JJ Abrams said he always wanted to work with you. How does a role like this come up? Did you always want to do a villain, or was it just a matter of him approaching you?
It was a combination. I’m a big fan of JJ and I always wanted a chance to work with him; I just think he’s got incredible taste and amazing skill and eye as a director. He originally wasn’t going to direct the film, he was going to produce and read the script and just fell in love with it, and realised it would just be a monster if he wasn’t directing it himself, he had such a strong reaction to it.
And I was similar, my agent told me about it, and I was like, “Mate, I really don’t think that’s going to be for me” and he said, “Trust me, just read it”. And I read it and immediately fell in love with it – 30 pages in I knew I was going to see the film regardless. I knew that whoever would play Kirk and Spock would have two of the greatest introductory roles of all time, and then Nero appeared and I saw that it was going to be a hell of a lot of fun.
It wasn’t so much that I wanted to play a villain, I just thought it was a great supporting character in a great film and had that sense of fun on the page that was there when I saw the film for the first time.
Bana wasn’t sure Trek was for him, until he read the script
Finally, Star Trek The BlackBerry Ad
A group of Kuwaiti students made BlackBerry ad for a class project, using the new Star Trek movie as a motif, complete with lens flares! The acting is a bit stiff, but that is some pretty impressive production design for a student project.