We have been doing a lot of reporting about how well Star Trek is doing during the award season with critics, guilds and members of various academies. But Star Trek is also one of those few films that is also playing well with the mainstream. This is evidenced by a new announcement which ranks Star Trek as the 2nd most popular film at Flixter. We have more Star Trek rankings and the latest home video data below.
More Star Trek on the charts
As noted in our recent awards summary article, Star Trek is currently the #6 film in domestic box office, but it isn’t just money that ranks Trek, the film is also on the top 10 lists for the Broadcast Film Critics. And today the website Flixter (which claims to be the "world’s biggest online movie community") released the rankings of their users and Star Trek came out #2 on that list. Flixter’s votes for the year are based on 55 million ratings for the year by Flixter users.
Flixster Top 10 of 2009
Avatar (92% positive)
Star Trek (91%)
The Blind Side (90%)
Up in the Air (88%)
Inglourious Basterds (87%)
The Hangover (87%)
Michael Jackson’s This Is It (85%)
Taken and I Can Do Bad All By Myself (tie, 83%)
Flixter is not alone. Star Trek is also in the top 10 of 2009 of the other big movie sites that rank user votes. Here is a breakdown from the various sites.
Star Trek ranking of 2009 films by site users (not critics)
One final new Star Trek ranking is that Yahoo Movies has listed their 10 most viewed trailers for the year, and the Star Trek Trailer #2 (the one that showed with Watchmen) came in at #7. Just for fun. let’s all watch that great trailer one more time.
Star Trek home vid strong in holiday sales- especially Blu-ray
In its fifth week on home video (ending Dec. 20th) Star Trek was ranked 7th (dropping three slots as three big movies were released). What is interesting is that 43% of Star Trek’s sales are for the Blu-ray edition, which is the highest percentage of any film in the top 20. This makes the Star Trek Blu-ray the 6th best seller for the week. For rentals, Star Trek was ranked 11th for its fifth week (dropping two places). Look at downloads at iTunes (which is more current), Star Trek is ranked 12th after six weeks in release. Finally in a statement about holiday sales, Amazon listed Star Trek, along with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Up as the top holiday Blu-ray sellers for the online retailer.
What does all this mean?
Well even if the Academy doesn’t honor Star Trek with a nomination for Best Picture, it is clear that this Trek film has successfully worked its way into the mainstream. It also means that even months later, the film continues to be well rated, which bodes well for the sequel.