According to industry estimates, JJ Abrams Star Trek movie will finish its second weekend with $43M in domestic sales, coming in a close second to Angels & Demons which racked up $48M. Trek actually beat A&D on Saturday ($18.3M v $17.8). Star Trek’s 2nd weekend drop of only 43% is impressing the industry, details below. [UPDATE: Foreign sales push Trek over $200M worldwide]
Star Trek’s $43M weekend in the US
At $43M, Star Trek’s 2nd weekend is impressive showing the power of positive word of mouth. Even though Wolverine’s 1st weekend was bigger than Trek’s, its 2nd weekend was only $26.4M (a 69% drop). Trek’s second weekend drop of 43% is lower than many other recent big movies including last year’s hit Iron Man which dropped 48% in its second weekend (to $51.2M).
According to Box Office Mojo estimates, Star Trek will have brought in a cumulative total of $147.6M domestically by the end of Sunday. This means Star Trek will have brought in more money by its 2nd weekend than Superman Returns ($141.6) and Batman Begins ($122.5), and both of those films ended up with a bit over $200M by the time the left theaters. (see BOM comparison).
Here is what the box office watchers are saying about Star Trek…
"Star Trek" enjoyed an excellent hold in its second sesh at the domestic B.O., dropping just 46% to an estimated $43 million from $3,860 theaters for a cume of $147.6 million in its first 10 days.
J.J. Abrams’ "Star Trek" is benefiting from strong word-of-mouth, evidenced by such a strong soph sesh. It beat "Angels" on Saturday, seeing a 56% uptick from Friday to Saturday.
The No. 2 movie was Paramount’s Star Trek which showed strong legs Saturday with $18.3M — better even than Angels & Demons take. That’s a remarkable hold as great word-of-mouth about the film kicked in and the studio said families turned out in a big way. Add in Friday’s $11.7M and Sunday’s estimate, and JJ Abrams’ reboot earned another big $43M, down only 43% from last week’s total. Its new cume is $147.6M.
Star Trek lost only 43% of it audience during its sophomore frame, which is a respectable drop during an already incredibly competitive summer season. Reaching the $200 million mark domestically is looking like a very real possibility for the franchise reboot.
UPDATE: Foreign data in – Paramount predicting Trek headed to $400M globally
Deadline Hollywood reports that Star Trek brought in a total of $21M from 57 foreign territories over the weekend. Last weekend Trek brought in $35.5 from 54 territories. The film has yet to open in a few markets, with the the biggest being Japan next weekend. This weekend’s foreign box office brings Trek’s overseas sales to $68M for a total global gross of $216M.
We don’t yet have detailed data on all the markets, but based on performance from last weekend, it appears the film is performing well in Trek’s traditional markets (English speaking countries and Germany), but not as well in other countries. Star Trek actually opened in 2nd or 3rd place in a number of foreign markets last weekend, including Spain, Italy, France and S. Korea.
It looks like in the end Star Trek will be a very strong performer in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Germany, with modest success in the rest of the world. It is likely that the new Star Trek will continue the pattern of past films in the franchise and make its lion’s share of money domestically. And apparently Paramount agrees. Deadline Hollywood reports:
Paramount is predicting that this latest Star Trek should do around $150 international and around $400M worldwide
We will have more info and analysis of Star Trek box office (foreign & domestic) sales later in the week.