The estimates for the fifth weekend of the new Star Trek have it in fifth place with $8.4M in domestic sales and another $6M in overseas sales, which is notable because Star Trek was also in fifth place last weekend, even though three new movies opened up on Friday. Star Trek’s estimated global gross now stands at $334.8M. More details below.
Domestic Weekend Box Office
As expected the top spots for the weekend were taken up by Up, The Hangover, Land of the Lost, and Night at the Museum 2, with the only big surprise the poor 3rd place showing of Land of the Lost ($19.5M). Another bit of a surprise is Star Trek coming in fifth with $8.4M, bringing its total domestic gross to $222.8M. In its fifth weekend Trek beat out the third weekend of Terminator Salvation ($8.2M), the second weekend of Drag Me to Hell ($7.3M) and the fourth weekend of Angels & Demons ($6.5M). [Box Office Mojo]
This weekend showed that Star Trek’s legs still have some stretching to do. Even though three new movies opened, this was is the second weekend in a row where Star Trek was in fifth place, and its 33.4% drop was the smallest since last weekend. Right now on a day to day basis, Star Trek is outperforming five out of the nine films that opened after it (Angels & Demons, Dance Flick, Terminator Salvation, Drag Me To Hell, and My Life In Ruins).
International Weekend Box Office
Star Trek also came in fifth place in international sales in its fifth week with $6M, which includes a $1.1M debut in Mexico. This brings Star Trek’s total overseas sales to $112M. Even though it has not been faring well in domestic sales, Terminator 4 debuted in most international markets with strong sales this weekend and brought in $67.5M to be the top earner overseas. The rest of the top four were Night at the Museum 2, Angels & Demons and Up [THR ].
Combining its domestic and overseas weekend estimates, Star Trek is now estimated to have earned a total global gross of $334.8M. However, the strength of its international sales has already pushed Angels & Demons past Star Trek in total global gross to be the first movie of 2009 to pass $400M. It is possible that the other three big May movies that opened after Star Trek (Terminator 4, NATM2 and Up) could follow suit and end up with bigger global takes.
Star Trek’s best international market (as expected) has been the UK with more than $30M. The UK is the only foreign market where (like the domestic market), Star Trek is outperforming both Angels & Demons and Wolverine. Although Star Trek has not performed as well as other recent Hollywood movies in other overseas territories, it is the best performing of the franchise. THR notes "Its foreign total is easily the biggest overseas tally of any of the “Star Trek” titles. The series’ top grosser previously was 1996’s “Star Trek: First Contact” with offshore box-office of $57.4 million" (Even after adjusting for inflation that is only $78M).