Star Trek has finished its first week by going over the $100M mark in the US. We have all the latest box office numbers below, plus a new shot of Ayel and a new Easter Egg contest for the movie. Also George Lucas and director McG give their reviews, Chris Pine strikes a pose in GQ and Gizmodo think they figured out just how big the new E is. All that and more in the final Tidbits of the week.
Box Office Watch: Trek’s First week = $154 Million
With $5.6M in domestic sales on Thursday Star Trek cross over the $100M mark for its first week with a total of $104.6M. For some comparison Wolverine grossed $3.5M on its first Thursday, bringing its one week total up to $102.6M. Combined with the reported international sales, Star Trek heads into its second weekend with $153.9M under its belt.
New pic of Ayel
In the flurry of publicity materials there was one actor that never had a picture, until now. Paramount, in a little ‘better late than never’ has put out a publicity still of Clifton Collins, Jr. as Ayel.
Paramount Easter Egg Sweepstakes – Find R2D2
Today a new contest was announced on Paramount’s Star Trek Facebook page. The question to enter the contest is:
What scene in the new film STAR TREK features the robot "R2-D2" from Star Wars?
If you know the answer, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "STAR TREK Easter Egg Sweepstakes" in the subject line for a chance to win an official prop from the film STAR TREK.
Lucas (and McG) like Star Trek
Speaking of a Galaxy far far away, yesterday we reported on some of the latest Star Wars/Star Trek chatter drawing comparisons, and there is even more. The New York Observer drawing comparisons and asking ‘is George Lucas going to sue‘?. But the man himself doesn’t see it that way. Lucas tells New York magazine he liked the film:
"I liked Star Trek growing up and I’ve seen the new one," Lucas told us, shortly before taking off at warp speed in the opposite direction. "It’s good. I liked it." But, we wondered, was there anything he’d have changed about the movie? "No, because I would never do a Star Trek."
And Lucas isn’t the only director giving praise. Terminator Salvation helmer McG is also impressed, as noted in this quick clip from Hollywood.tv, where when asked if his May movie is better he said "nothing is better than Star Trek."
Star Trek in American Cinematographer – Abrams talks lens flares
The cover story for the June issue of American Cinematographer features a cover story on the new Star Trek movie. They extensive article goes into the detail on tools of the trade used to make the film and includes quotes from cinematographer Dan Mindel, gaffer Chris Prampin, production designer Scott Chambliss, visual-effects supervisor Roger Guyett and director J.J. Abrams. TrekMovie has been given an advance look at the cover an story, and of course the subject of the film’s multitude of lens flares is covered and . Abrams tells the mag:
The flares often weren’t made by a light source in the frame, and to me, that implies there’s something extraordinary happening just off camera. It makes me feel like I’m not watching the average moment. And I love the idea of a motif that is so inherently analog and imperfect in its unpredictability; it serves as counterpoint to the sterile, controlled look that so many visual-effects films seem to have.
Dan Mindel and his gaffer, Chris Prampin detail how they achieved the effect by building lights into the set and aiming handheld flashlights down the barrel of the lens. Mindel also notes, "We’ll either get slaughtered by our peers or be really admired for it!"
The June issue of American Cinematographer should appear on newsstands during the last week of May. Additionally, the Star Trek cover story will be posted online at www.theasc.com around the middle of June. Here is a first look at the cover.
New Enterprise – 725.35 meters long?
One question that keeps coming up is, ‘just how big is the new Enterprise? Well Gizmodo says that they have got it confirmed that it is a whopping 725.35 meters long, or over twice as long as the original. Here is an info graphic they crated to help compare it to real and other imagined space vehicles.
The new GQ magazine contains a brief interview with Chris Pine talking about life as the new Kirk, here is an excerpt.
You play Captain James T. Kirk. Any razzing from old friends of late?
It’s pretty f—king inescapable. I play basketball with a bunch of guys at 9:30 a.m. and it’s like, “Yo, wussup, Captain Kirk!” I don’t have a smart comeback yet.
There is also a photo gallery of Chris showing off some summer duds, click image below to check it out.
Finally: Sim Trek
In June Electronic Arts releases Sims 3, and to help promote the new game, they have jumped on the Trek buzz bandwagon and created this Star Trek trailer parody
even more Star Trek stuff
- Film & Video have a detailed article on the effects for Star Trek
- UK promotion: CinemasOnline have a trivia givaway contest for mouse and mousemat
- The Creative Screenwriting Podcast with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (from event we reported on yesterday) is now available at iTunes.
- Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joe Nelson uses a changeup grip that he is calling ‘The Vulcan’.
Pitch long and prosper Joe
Thanks to Greg, Larry and Raphael