Judging by our current poll and the reader reviews Star Trek has has a great opening weekend for the fans, but it looks like that elusive mainstream audience are also on board. We have the numbers below [UPDATE: w/ Int’l returns] Plus there is video of Quinto, Pine & Nimoy on SNL and more interviews and opening weekend tidbits, including ‘Star Trek The Sneakers’ and much more.
Star Trek shows Paramount the money
According to Variety and Box Office Mojo, Star Trek will bring in $76.5M in its domestic opening weekend (including early shows on Thursday), which is more than initial studio and industry expectations. Star Trek scored $27.4M on Saturday and is expected to bring in $18.3M on Sunday. Variety notes:
J. J. Abrams’ reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise came in on the upper end of expectations, and all but guarantees that Par will pursue a next installment. “Star Trek” took a bite out of 20th Century Fox holdover “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which debuted to $87 million last weekend, the best opening of the year.
UPDATE: International numbers – Trek #1 overseas too
Variety is now also reporting that Star Trek brought it an additional $35.5 Million in 54 overseas markets, which they describe as "solid rather than spectacular." Specifically the big countries for Star Trek were: the U.K. with $8.8 million, Germany with $4.6 million, Australia with $3.4 million, France with $2.8 million, Russia with $2.3 million, South Korea with $2.2 million and Spain with $1.6 million. Paramount noted that this foreign return was 3% ahead of Batman Begins opening weekend in 2005, and that film finished with $167 overseas. All past Star Trek film have made most of their money domestically. Star Trek has yet to open in some overseas markets (including Japan), so it is too early to tell how close they will get to parity this time.
Pine, Quinto & Nimoy drop by SNL
The new Kirk and Spock, along with Spock Prime, were surprise guests during ‘Weekend Update’ on last night’s Saturday Night Live. The bit was another riff on the ‘Trek fans’ joke. In my opinion, the Onion thing and Nimoy’s Top 10 were better, but here it is:
Star Trek Sneakers
We have had Star Trek The Spork and Star Trek The Cereal, are you ready for Star Trek The Shoes? 140 pairs of specially designed Airwalk Star Trek sneakers went on sale in New York at ReedSpace on Friday. (via SneakerNews)
Wear your Trek
NYT: Dowd’s Take on Trek
More proof that Star Trek is again part of the mainstream culture (even the cultural elites), New York Times Op Ed columnist Maureen Dowd has taken the new Star Trek movie, the notion that the President is a Vulcan, and the decline of print journalism, and put them all together in a dream:
I dreamed that Spock saved our planet, The Daily Planet of journalism.
Instead of swooping in to figure out the dimensionality and logarithms to rescue the world from red matter, as Spock does in J. J. Abrams’s dazzling new “Star Trek,” I imagined Spock rescuing read matter for the world.
Newspapers are an “endangered species,” as John Kerry called us in a Senate hearing last week, just as the Vulcans are in the new prequel.
I know Barack Spock likes newspapers. An aide told me during the campaign that Mr. Obama would get cranky if he didn’t have some time set aside during the day to read The New York Times. …read the rest
This is the actual photo illustration at the NY Times
Nimoy and Quinto at Newsweek’s ‘Spock on Spock’
Orci & Kurtzman with Collider
Whoopi Goldberg (talking new movie) on Larry King
- Quinto on his Pittsburgh roots (KDKA) [VIDEO]
- Former ENT and TOS-R Producer Dave Rossi talks at length about his views on the new movie in the latest Zero Room Podcast
- JJ Abrams in Der Spiegel (in German)
Finally: Get Shatner’s premiere Tickets + Bill’s fave episodes
William Shatner is selling his unused tickets to the Star Trek premiere on Ebay (for charity)…he has signed the envelope
Speaking of Bill, YouTube has a video of him talking about his favorite episodes to promote how they have all of Star Trek The Original Series available online.
Thanks to Paul D, Paul C, Russ, and Kevin