The industry estimates are in, and Star Trek is on track to come in third in its third weekend domestically, beating Angels & Demons. We have all the domestic and international details for the weekend below, plus some more weekend Star Trek tidbits, with those taking financial lessons from Star Trek.
Star Trek 3rd place domestic & 4th place international weekend
Including Sunday estimates (from BOM), Star Trek is projected to bring in $21.95M in sales by tonight, beating Angels & Demons ($21.40M) for third place. Star Trek’s total domestic take is now $183.6M. Night at the Museum 2 won the weekend with $53.5M and Terminator Salvation came in with a disappointing $43M. According to Reuters, Warner Bros. cited Trek (and Basketball) as reasons their film didn’t perform better:
The studios generally try to avoid each other when they roll out their big movies. In this case, "Night at the Museum" played to a broad audience, while "Terminator" was more targeted at male moviegoers.
…Warner Bros. said "Terminator" was likely more affected by competition from the similarly-skewing "Star Trek," which slipped one place to No. 3 in its third weekend with $22 million. The National Basketball Association playoffs also appeared to siphon off older men in cities such as Los Angeles.
Star Trek is now less than $10M away from taking the top spot away from Monsters vs. Aliens as highest domestic grossing film of 2009. With Monday being a holiday and assuming reasonable weekday sales, Star Trek could overtake MvA (which is also still in theaters) by the end of its third week (this Thursday).
As for international, THR reports that Star Trek came in fourth place, bringing in another $11.5M overseas in in 58 markets. It’s overseas total is now $87.5 million (about half of its domestic take so far). To show how international sales can differ from domestic sales, the domestic 4th place movie Angels & Demons won the overseas weekend with $60.4M.
Taking the domestic and international sales as of Sunday, Star Trek’s total global sales stand at $271.1M.
Another lesson from Star Trek – moneyless world?
Speaking of money and Star Trek, in the last few Tidbits articles we have been pointing to lessons people are gleaming from the new Star Trek, from parenting, to politics. Now the LA Examiner (ignoring Bob Orci’s saying there is some form of credits in their future), thinks the world could learn something from Star Trek:
Nobody on the Star Trek fictional crew works for a living or gets paid. Not the fictional crewmembers or the aliens or the enemies. Nobody puts in a timesheet or picks up a paycheck in this visionary world. Everybody just seems to be doing what needs to be done, and they all live long and prosper – unless they are blown to bits in one of the mandatory battles. After all, it is an action film series.
Still, the idea of doing what you want to do and being supported in that pursuit seems like the way things should be. (…read the rest)
Finally: Marvel & DC Keep on Trekkin’
ItsJustSomeRandomGuy on YouTube has a popular ‘I’m a DC and I’m a Marvel’ series made with action figures. And after the fizzle of the latest DC and Marvel movies and the success of Star Trek, he has decided, if you can’t beat them, take some advice from Capt. Pike and join Starfleet!
Thanks to TigerClaw