The Star Trek movie is now in its fifth weekend, but it still makes news. We have some new comments from Winona Ryder on what she would like to do in Trek next. Plus the latest box office has Trek topping a new chart. We also have some new interviews cover some of the technology behind making Star Trek and another baseball team going to the final frontier.
Ryder wants more Trek
Last week Winona Ryder was comparing her role of Amanda in the new Star Trek movie to that of Marlon Brando’s Jor El in Superman. Ryder seems to have really taken to her time on Star Trek, so much so that in a new interview with the Japan Times, Ryder talks up how the film works for women and says she is ready to go back:
This may be the most female-friendly movie in the series. Although,” she semiwhispers, “we’re not supposed to call it a series, and this is the beginning of the story and the personalities. But anyway, my character is part of that. The studio (Paramount) wants to make ‘Star Trek’ more interesting to women, and if they come up with a good female villain in a future movie, I’m willing and I’m able.
In other future role for Ryder news, the actress also recently revealed she will be reprising her role in a sequel to the 80s cult classic Heathers, Christian Slater (who had a cameo in Star Trek VI) is also expected to come back playing a kind of ‘Obi-Wan character’. Maybe JJ can bring them both back for the Star Trek sequel?
Trek vets Ryder and Slater headed back for ‘Heathers 2’…could she be in ‘Star Trek 2’ as well?
Box Office Update: Trek tops another chart
As noted in yesterday’s analysis, it was going to be a close race this weekend for 5th place. The Friday estimates are in and last week’s Drag Me To Hell was fifth with $2.57M, with Terminator 4 at $2.53M and Star Trek right behind it at $2.52M. Although Star Trek came in a close 7th, it had the lowest drop of all the films from last Friday (down only 32%), and Deadline Hollywood is predicting it will still end up in 5th for the weekend with a total of $8.5M (above previous predictions).
Star Trek also worked its way on to a couple of new all time domestic (before inflation) charts at Box Office Mojo. Star Trek is now highest grossing TV adaptation of all time. Also by passing Mission Impossible II, Star Trek has now worked its way on to the top 10 Paramount films of all time. After Trek and Transformers 2 finish their runs, it is likely Star Trek will settle to 8th place on that chart by the end of the summer.
As for 2009, Star Trek continues to be the top grossing movie of the year with $216.9M in domestic sales. There isn’t data for Friday’s international sales, but Star Trek’s global gross is probably around $324-325M.
New Star Trek technical interviews
In the weeks since Star Trek was released we have seen a few articles focusing on different aspects of the making of the film, usually with trade publications. This week there are a couple more which are probably mostly of interest to those in the biz, but fans may enjoy the insights.
- Studio Daily talks to assistant editor Julian Smirke about many of the technical details behind editing Star Trek.
- TheFlashBlog has a video interview talking to the designers at OOOii about their use of Flash technology in making the animations for the displays in Star Trek
Find out how those graphics were made
More baseball Trek
In April Esurance and the San Francisco Giants held a Star Trek night to promote the new movie and more recently we reported that a Tampa Bay Rays pitcher was cashing in on Trek with his ‘Vulcan Pitch’. Now that the movie is a hit, the minor league Binghamton Mets want in on the action. Last night they held a ‘Star Trek Night‘ and the team all wore special Star Trek jerseys, which were auctioned off for charity. Unfortunately, they lost the game.
Mets catcher Josh Thole in the Star Trek jersey
Finally, fanmade Kelvin TV Series intro
The USS Kelvin continues to inspire fans. Here is a new video from ‘TheDragonWhelp’ on YouTube with a vision of what the intro for "Star Trek Kelvin" might look like.
Thanks to tipsters Greg, Clinton, Ulrich, and Robert