Star Trek continues to battle it out with Angels and Demons at the domestic box office, with the movie coming in a close second on Tuesday with $3.4M vs. Angels & Demons $3.6M. This brings Trek’s domestic total up to $155.5M which means it has passed Wolverine for total sales and is now the 2nd highest grossing film of 2009.
Star Trek headed to top of the charts
For domestic box office Star Trek has been the fastest big earner of the year, taking just seven days to cross $100M and 11 days to cross $150.
Here are the top 5 films of 2009 so far (via BOM)
|2009 movies||Domestic box office
|Monsters v. Aliens||$191.3|
|X-Men Origins: Wolverine||$153.5|
|Fast and Furious||$153.1|
|Paul Blart: Mall Cop||$146.1|
Even though two big movies are opening this Memorial Day weekend (Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian), Star Trek could still go over the top to be #1 by this time next week (possibly over $200M). Of course mega films like Harry Potter, UP, and Transformers (and possibly Terminator) will end up in the final top slots, but Star Trek has a good chance of being in the top 5 by the end of the year.
One thing working in Star Trek’s favor right now is the first reviews of Terminator Salvation (opening at midnight shows tonight) are not very good. Rotten Tomatoes rating for Terminator is 38%. Night at the Museum 2 isn’t faring much better, garnering a 50% rating. Star Trek’s rating is still at 95%.
Different story globally – Trek strong in some markets but struggling in others
Although Star Trek is a hit ‘with legs’ domestically, so far it has been a mixed bag internationally. Star Trek is currently in 4th place for 2009 global box office, when you add in its international sales of 67.7M.
|2009 movies||Global box office
|Monsters v. Aliens||$334.3|
|Fast and Furious||$323.9|
|X-Men Origins: Wolverine||$276.5|
Although Star Trek is performing better than any previous Trek film overseas, it is still struggling in many big markets. Star Trek has performed very well in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, all of which have been traditionally good for Trek. But in most other countries Star Trek has not performed like a summer blockbuster tentpole (with Wolverine outselling it 2-1 in many markets). In France, Korea and Italy, Star Trek opened in second place and in Spain it opened in 3rd place behind the Hannah Montana movie and the 2nd week of Wolverine.
Star Trek still has more markets to open internationally, but it is likely to make around 1/3 of its money overseas, which is about the same as the last few films in the franchise.
IMAX REMINDER: Star Trek limited run ends this week
Star Trek is playing at IMAX theaters around the world, but that all ends with Night at the Museum opens on Friday. Some theaters will be running Star Trek midnight shows over the weekend, but if you want to be sure to see Star Trek on IMAX (and trust me it is worth it), then you better hurry up.