Star Trek was the number one movie until Angels & Demons opened on Friday, but it turns out, since then it has gone back to being number one. We have details on the latest box office plus some interviews with Trek’s creature designer along with JJ Abrams and the crew. Plus it looks like Chris Pine has moved into the realm of being a paparazzi-hounded celebrity.
Box Office Weekend Update: Star Trek wins Sunday
Yesterday we reported that domestic box office estimates had Star Trek coming in a close second to Angels & Demons for the weekend and now the actual numbers show it was closer than expected (with Angels & Demons numbers being revised down to $46.2M vs. $43M for Star Trek). Even more interesting is that Star Trek was the number one movie on Sunday with $13.0M vs. A&D’s $12.1M. This is the second #1 spot in a row, and Star Trek has won nine out of the last ten days (domestically). As of yesterday Star Trek had brought in $215.4M globally.
Trek breaks another IMAX record – but run ends this week
Also after breaking the biggest 1st weekend IMAX record the previous weekend, Star Trek broke the 2nd weekend record. But remember that Star Trek has a limited two-week run at IMAX, so you only a a few more days to catch it on the big big screen. Box Office Mojo has the details:
Slowing 43 percent, Star Trek effectively had the best second weekend hold for a Star Trek movie since Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and it had a smaller decline than Iron Man last year. The IMAX portion of its gross was down 27 percent to $5.3 million at 138 sites, which was a record second weekend for the format, beating The Dark Knight’s $4.7 million. The IMAX tally is $17.6 million, accounting for nearly 12 percent of the overall total. Starting May 22, Star Trek is scheduled to relinquish its IMAX screens to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Creature Designer Talks ‘Big Red’
In an interview in the latest VFX World, Star Trek creature designer Neville Page goes into great detail about the Polarilla and the ‘Big Red’ monsters from Delta Vega, including showing off some design sketches. Page specifically commented about some of the objections to the creature:
BD: What about some of the objections to Big Red?
NP: Yeah, there were some online complaints that it’s such a vulnerable animal: it has no hair, it makes no sense that it would be on an ice planet. And it’s red, which doesn’t make sense in the snow. I think the vocal people tend to be pessimistic to begin with about these things. My attitude is that, having spent a lot of time looking at nature, I’m reminded of the age old adage, “The more you know, the less you know.” And the more you know about nature, the crazier stuff gets that you never thought would work, like the angler fish. When it mates, it mates for life and the male gets stuck in the female body and just dangles off her side for the rest of his life. And I guess there are some parallels to the human marriage. But the idea that there is a physical union in that way is just crazy. And there are certain seals that will invert the nasal passage on the outside of their head and then inflate it like a balloon and then wag it about while moaning to create a unique sound as a call, whether it’s a threat display or sexual dimorphism, is absolutely nuts. If I had done that to a creature, without seeing the real video footage, people would’ve thought that was the stupidest… idea. But nature continually does things that make sense for whatever the purpose is. So you could almost do anything and get away with it from a biological standpoint. But the most important thing is, regardless of whether it’s real or not, that the audience at least feels that it’s real. So that was the intent. Combined with ILM’s skill of animation and digital rendering, I think we have something that’s pretty successful.
One of Page’s sketches for the Delta Vega ‘big red’ lobster monster
Chris Pine is officially a ‘Celebrity’
Back before the Star Trek movie came out, Chris Pine, the new Captain Kirk, was named a star of tomorrow. Well tomorrow is today if you judge by the celebirty news sites. In the last few days Pine has been all over the sites, the guy literally can’t go out for coffee. Firstly it was news for Extra & Perez Hilton that Pine was spotted with Hills Star Aurdina Partridge. And then Pine went out for a jog over the weekend shirtless and paparazzi took photos with coverage at: PerezHilton, Celebrity-Gossip, JustJared,
Elites.TV, & LimelightPics. To prove that Pine has ‘made it’ in the world of celebrity Gossip, PerezHilton.com even has a Chris Pine Category.
Pine is latest obsession of the paparazzi
We are trying to catch up on some video interviews…so here goes
Pine, Quinto, Abrams, Cho, Yelchin, Bana w/ MTV
Pine & Quinto w/ Actors Lounge
Urban & Saldana with Actors lounge
JJ Abrams w/ Little White Lies
More from Abrams at LittleWhiteLies.
John Cho w/ MTV Iggy