Star Trek Now Top Domestic Grossing Film of 2009 (& #4 Globally)

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
($Millions)
Star Trek $194.8
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
($Millions)
Monsters v. Aliens $346.0
Fast and Furious $336.0
X-Men Origins: Wolverine $311.4
Star Trek $286.8
Taken $221.0

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
Gross ($Millions)
ST: The Motion Picture $239.1
ST IV: The Voyage Home $212.3
Star Trek $194.8
ST II: The Wrath of Khan $192.3
ST III: The Search For Spock $163.2
ST: First Contact $149.5
ST: Generations $129.9
ST: The Undiscovered Country $127.7
ST: Insurrection $107.5
ST: The Final Frontier $94.0
ST: Nemesis $53.4

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.

 

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Harry Ballz

#1?? Suh-weet!

Allenburch

GRATZ!!!!

deekay

great!!!!!

Trekkie Boy

This is just so freaking awesome!!! I’m so happy to see Star Trek do so well! Yahoo!!!

Hat Rick

Wolverine is looking up in a daze, asking someone to jot down the license plate of that starship….

;-)

THX-1138

Well, this is what we all had hoped for. I mean, all of us who didn’t wish that it would fail miserably so that we could keep Star Trek in our little box and never let it escape. So that we could always say “Mine! All mine!”

desertrat

Just wondering…not a criticism at all.

I wonder after all the marketing and paid promotion is done, how much was spent in total for this movie?

Just curious on how much of a percentage profit Paramount will see from this movie.

OneBuckFilms

I like this film !!! It’s EXCITNG !!!!

The insane popularity of this film is an indicator of how far Terk has fallen from what it’s creator intended it to be. It seems to be a victim of it’s own mass appeal. Let us mourn for what it has become.

PSYCH!!!!!!

afterace

I remember some article that said Trek will earn half of the Wolverine’s money at best. Hahaha

Max

What’s wrong with all those other dumb countries?

Lyle

Wait a minute…

Here we are, almost halfway through 2009, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop is #5 domestically?? Oh lordy…

Seriously though, this is great news! Grats to all involved!

AJ

With foreign BO, this baby could rake in over $400m. Not bad for a ‘tired’ franchise!

Lyle

#5

Oh and by the way Wolverine, that license plate number is NCC-1701. No bloody A, B, C, OR D!

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

#9. For that joke you get 24 hours in the Agoniser Booth. PSYCH!!! Way to go Trek. #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shatner_Fan_Prime

This is wonderful news. People are going to be lining up for the sequel, so let’s hope Bad Robot kicks it up a notch for part II, just as Trek did during its first cycle of films!

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

#14. You forgot to mention. U.S.S Enterprise. Thats what ran over him. Or did the Big E blast him with a volly of Phasers and Photon Torpedoes.

Closettrekker

#14—“Oh and by the way Wolverine, that license plate number is NCC-1701. No bloody A, B, C, OR D!”

Lol. Nice.

T'Cal

Wow! Are there others who hoped that this might happen but were afraid they were taken in by what might have been hype?

Well said!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

6. THX-1138 – May 28, 2009
Well, this is what we all had hoped for. I mean, all of us who didn’t wish that it would fail miserably so that we could keep Star Trek in our little box and never let it escape. So that we could always say “Mine! All mine!”

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

#19. I havt to be honest. Im Bumbed. I thought Trek ould do much better. I thought it would make at least 500 million by now. Lol. Ok. I am so happy it has done so well. I am a little surprissed it has done so well. But Extremly pleased. Way to go Trek.

JohnWA

Given the circumstances and the competition, these are good numbers. We’re in the middle of a global recession. The studios are in for some difficult times. I don’t think Paramount itself expected to do this well.

Izbot

12. Lyle – May 28, 2009
“Wait a minute…
Here we are, almost halfway through 2009, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop is #5 domestically?? Oh lordy…”

It’s one of those deceptive realities regarding begining-of-the-year numbers. Studios usually dump movies they have no hope of making money into the January/February wasteland — after the big Xmas movies. Typically audiences dwindle after the holiday. As a rule the studios all put out crap during this time. That means if people want to go see a movie at the begining of the year because, oh, I dunno, the economy is in the tank and everyone wants some kind of escape, they only have the crappiest movies to choose from. Of all the forgettable crap that came out during that time, a stupid sitcom-level comedy starring a former sitcom actor was the ‘best’ thing available for anyone to waste their money on. It’s not an indication that this total waste-of-time movie was any good, more that bummed-out Americans needed to be entertained and that load-of-crap movie was the lesser of several evils. These numbers are truly deceptive and you need to factor in the mental state of the average movie-goer who had very little options to choose from during the most dire days of the economic downturn. Believe me, “Paul Blart” will never be remembered. It was a quickee movie pumped out by a studio after hearing about the similar Seth Rogan project but wanted to beat them to the punch on the cheap. It’s why two or three comedies with similar themes/ideas come out simultaneously. They get pitched, the studios know the idea is a good one but decide to make their own version of the same premise cheaper and faster. I remember in I think it was 1988 there were three of those dad-and-his-teenage-son-switch-bodies comedies all out at virtually the same time (and now over 20 years later Zac Efron is making some studio a crap-load of money simply re-rehashing that Freaky Friday premise for the bazillionth time — same thing: crappy economy, people want to escape, studios ain’t got crap thanks to some writer’s strike last year).

YES! Go Trek! I expect you to be at the top at least until Transformers 2 opens. Don’t disappoint me! :-P

btw, the international box office numbers for Wolverine, MvA, Fast & Furious, and especially Taken are all out-of-date. I know Wolverine has already hit $320 million worldwide, don’t know how much MvA and Fast & Furious are off but neither have been updated on Box Office Mojo since May 3rd. Taken hasn’t been updated since April 5th!

Hat Rick

14, 17, 18 — ROTFL!

From now on, they will be retiring that license plate.

Quoth Picard: “Let history never forget the name… ‘Enterprise.'”

And, as Kirk said (“The Ultimate Computer”):

“Do you know the one, ‘All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by…”‘You could feel the wind at your back, about you – the sounds of the sea beneath you. And even if you take away the wind and the water, it’s still the same. The ship is yours, you can feel her, and the stars are still there.”

Source:

http://tvsothertenpercent.tripod.com/startrek/kirk.html

Izbot

22. JohnWA –
“Given the circumstances and the competition, these are good numbers. We’re in the middle of a global recession. The studios are in for some difficult times. I don’t think Paramount itself expected to do this well.”

Historically, studios (and the entertainment industry in general) do very well during economic crises. The biggest box office returns came during the Great Depression. No one wants to sit around and mope when the economy is down. They want to escape into a movie or tv show.

captain_neill

Fantastic, Star Trek will prosper for a long time

All it needed to be popular was to be dumbed down a little.

I loved the film, just watched Unification which had the great Leonard Nimoy init, a great episode.

captain_neill

This is the attention I have wanted Star Trek to have in the past, glad to see its getting it.

I only wish this was my all time fav Star Trek film.

Yep, there’s Nemesis at the bottom. That’s how you know it killed Star Trek

Still is surprising to see that TMP is still relatiely the watermark of the franchise for box office…

Jim Nightshade

You Go Trek! Thanks Orci, JJ, Alex and all who made the new Trek the GREAT fun trek movie that it is, the perfect casting, the humor and heart of the characters we love, the EFX that blew us all away(better than Star Wars), the grand epic scope and excitement in the story, and a BIG THANKS to Anthony and Crew for Keeping us so well informed at trekmovie.com!!! Nuff Said! (Whos Nuff anyway?)

Izbot

27. captain_neill – May 28, 2009
“Fantastic, Star Trek will prosper for a long time
All it needed to be popular was to be dumbed down a little.
I loved the film, just watched Unification which had the great Leonard Nimoy init, a great episode.”

That’s funny because at the time I felt Unification kind of dumbed Spock down a little! Now that I’ve seen the new movie I’ve really got to see dumbed-down Nimoy-Spock! Kidding! I’m just kidding! Seriously, though, let’s all hope there’s no writer’s strike again during the sequel’s scriptwriting phase and any fuzzing pseudo-science can be better addressed. Hey, Orci & Kurtzman, I don’t blame ya! You delivered a rousing movie I’ve already seen multiple times and gotten other folks to see as well! But let’s face it, the “supernova threatening the galaxy” dialogue definately needed a few more passes. Damn writer’s strike!

JohnWA

32-

Perhaps it wasn’t Spock that “dumbed down” Unification, but Sela’s brilliant plan to invade a planet of 6 billion Vulcans with one warbird, three unarmed antiquated transports, and 20,000 troops.

captain_neill

You delivered a great movie. Honest. I have seen it 4 times

I feel films in general are being dumbed down these days. I take it there would be no Briefing Room scenes in future movies as it would probably lose the MTV Generation but TOS had them as well.

#8 – that was… fresh

lt1701e

i think nemesis would hav done better if they didnt open against the two towers. go trek go.

RD

Great numbers for Trek, however, it has been sliding all week and is currently #4 behind Angels & Demons (which is also sliding ut holding its own). What is great news is that Terminator is sliding by considerably more than Trek, so if you have only seen it 8 times, get out there and see it 10 or 12 times. Keep those numbers pushing the envelope!
Wednesday B.O.
1 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM $3,067,892
2 TERMINATOR SALVATION $2,855,248
3 ANGELS & DEMONS $1,943,357
4 STAR TREK $1,801,099

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

36. lt1701e – May 28, 2009
i think nemesis would hav done better if they didnt open against the two towers. go trek go.

. Actualy. it would have done better with a different writer and different Director and a much better script. otherwise i think i agree. Lol

SB

$286.8 million???????

THIS IS A DISASTER!!!!!!!!!

SB

Well, *somebody* had to say it… ;)

fansince66

A great movie, and a great rebirth for the franchise.I really admire the “Pike” character.Hope to see more of him.Perhaps admiral of an expedtitionary fleet with Kirk, and the big “E” on point,leading the way???

Keep it going JJ!

toddk

53 million for nemesis? how unbelievebly embarrassing! on the box office side, I don’t think money for movie tickets was a factor even in this global ressession. you either like trek or you dont. The reason that TMP did so well was that all the trek fans showed up, once, and even twice. even though TMP put me to sleep (thanks to sulu’s sunday drivng over V’Ger) I was glad to see trek again!

36. lt1701e — Nemesis didn’t open against The Two Towers, it opened the week before it. You’re right, though, Two Towers may have taken a little bit of business away from Nemesis, but not much. It still woulda flopped.

JohnWA

I must confess I didn’t see Nemesis until it came out on DVD. It got really lousy reviews from both critics and fans. And I remember feeling fairly turned off by the idea of seeing another Final Frontier when a much better movie was playing.

Between Nemesis and The Lord of Rings…

Not much of a contest there.

Jaykay the Scotsman!

I like this film. Its exciting!

Robert Gillis

Anthony may I say again thank you — I visit this site daily (more than once) for two years — always good to see updates. You put a lot of work into this site–it is very appreciated by many.

John from Cincinnati

Can anyone please explain to me the fascination with the moronic ‘Fast and the Furious’ movies?

Star Trek Manila Fan

Boldly going where no Star Trek Film has gone before. Kudos JJ Abrams.

Make the next Star Trek movie even better.

RD

#44. I’m with you. Though I’m sure to invoke some ire, I think the biggest of Nemesis’ problems was Insurrection. That was the last Trek film I saw at a theatre until now, and like you I did see Lord of the Rings in the theatre. Insurrection was such a complete disappointment and waste of time for me, I cannot even remember what it was about. However, when I finally did see Nemesis on DVD, I was sorry I had not seen it in the theatre for the space shots. The only truly terrible thing about it for me was the pointless dune-buggy chase and the horrible Data/B4 sub-plot. Otherwise, it was classic TNG Trek. The fact its budget ended up double what they had been before First Contact didn’t help either. It certainly doesn’t have the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score of all the Trek films and the major critical reviews are around the 50% mark. I don’t think its fair to say it was just a terrible script and that’s why it failed. There are clearly mitigating circumstances beyond the content alone.