The box office numbers for Wednesday are in, and as expected, Star Trek has passed Monsters vs. Aliens to be the top domestic grossing movie of 2009. Star Trek brought in $1.8M yesterday, bringing its total up to $194.8M domestically. It’s global total now stands at $286.8M.
Star Trek on the charts
Here are the top 5 films of 2009 so far (via BOM)
|2009 movies (Domestic)||Gross
|Monsters v. Aliens||$194.0|
|X-Men Origins: Wolverine||$166.3|
|Fast and Furious||$153.7|
|Paul Blart: Mall Cop||$146.3|
Although Trek’s tops the charts domestically, it remains in 4th place globally, due to other films outperforming it overseas (BOM). [note: overseas data is not as up to date as domestic data]
|2009 movies (Global)||Gross
|Monsters v. Aliens||$346.0|
|Fast and Furious||$336.0|
|X-Men Origins: Wolverine||$311.4|
Star Trek is by far already the top grossing film in the franchise before adjusting for inflation, but it is also climbing to the top after adjusting for inflation. Here is where it stands right now (domestic).
|Star Trek franchise (domestic)||Inflation adjusted
|ST: The Motion Picture||$239.1|
|ST IV: The Voyage Home||$212.3|
|ST II: The Wrath of Khan||$192.3|
|ST III: The Search For Spock||$163.2|
|ST: First Contact||$149.5|
|ST: The Undiscovered Country||$127.7|
|ST: The Final Frontier||$94.0|
Star Trek will likely cross the $200M mark on Friday or Saturday, and end its fourth weekend with around $205-210M (passing Superman Returns and Batman Begins total domestic gross). After that it is anyone’s guess as to how far it can go domestically, but probably somewhere in the $225-$265 range by the time it leaves theaters (which probably wont be for 2-3 months).
It is harder to project international sales due to the difference in the various markets and release dates. It will be easier to make international projections when more data comes in, especially when we see how it does in Japan this weekend. However, with Viacom’s chief talking up the sequel, it is clear that Star Trek is already seen as a big success at Paramount.