‘Star Trek’ Passes TMP To Become Most Attended Film In Franchise (Domestically)

The new Star Trek film is now in its seventh weekend and it still is in the top ten at the box office, ranking 7th in sales from Friday’s estimates domestically. With almost $236M in domestic sales, the new Star Trek has passed another milsestone, being the most attended Trek film in the franchise. See below for the latest details and analysis.


Box Office Update: still in 7th in 7th weekend
Last weekend Star Trek ended up in 7th place, and even though two new films opened yesterday, it still is in seventh place (in its seventh weekend). Star Trek continues to outsell many films that came out in the weeks after its realease, including Angels & Demons, Terminator Salvation, and Land of the Lost. [BOM: Friday Estimates]

  Film Fri 6/19 

Total Dom / days

1 THE PROPOSAL $12,406,000 $12,406,000 / 1
2 YEAR ONE $8,500,000 $8,500,000 / 1
3 THE HANGOVER $8,465,000 $134,529,000 / 15
4 UP $6,105,000 $208,881,000 / 22
5 THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 $3,200,000 $35,232,000 / 8
6 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 $2,150,000 $150,803,000 / 29
7 STAR TREK $1,250,000 $235,994,000 / 43
8 LAND OF THE LOST $1,237,000 $40,934,000 / 15
9 IMAGINE THAT $990,000 $9,241,000 / 8
10 TERMINATOR SALVATION $840,000 $117,283,000 / 30

There aren’t Friday numbers yet internationally, but as of Thursday Star Trek’s overseas total was $120,579,917, giving it a global total of $356,564,917 (plus Friday’s overseas).

Domestically Star Trek remains the #1 movie of 2009, but it looks like Pixar’s Up will likely be the first film to pass Trek, sometime later this month. However, Star Trek has a good chance to be in (or very close) to the top 5 for 2009. Star Trek is on track to break $360M worldwide by the end of this weekend, which would move it up the global ranks to 3rd place, passing Wolverine [note BOM overseas data lags a few days behind]. By the end of the year Star Trek still has a chance to be in the top 10 of films globally. However, Star Trek’s worldwide sales rank is due to the strength of its domestic sales. When you look just at its overseas sales, the film is ranked 7th as of last week’s data (behind many of the films it is beating domestically). By the end of the year the international sales for Star Trek will likely be in the 15-25th place range, mostly due to weaker sales in non English-speaking markets. [TrekMovie will have a more detailed look at Trek’s international sales in the coming weeks as more data comes in].

Most attended Star Trek film (domestically)
The big milestone that Star Trek passed on Friday was the inflation adjusted domestic gross for Star Trek The Motion Picture of $235,305,065 (based off Box Office Mojo’s 1979 $82,258,456M gross, adjusted for 1979 ticket prices). Based on the the Friday estimated total for Star Trek of $235,994,000, the new movie is almost $700K past the TMP mark, and has now sold more tickets domestically than any Trek film ever. Here is a chart of the Star Trek movie franchise, in terms of tickets sold.

There are other ways to calculate the inflation adjusted grosses, but we are using the BOM version using actual ticket prices. If you prefer the buying power calculator method, that would give TMP the figure of $242.3M in 2009 dollars, which Star Trek should pass by the end of June (if not sooner). Star Trek’s trajectory still looks like it will top out close to $250M. 

As for the all-time global franchise record, Star Trek’s inflation adjusted sales have exceeded all other Trek films listed on Box Office Mojo (by any calculation), however BOM does not have international data for TMP. But using the figures at TheNumbers.com would give TMP an inflation adjusted global gross of $409.5M (there really is no way to determine the international ticket sales with the various ticket prices for each country, changes in various currencies, and inflation, etc.). As the new Star Trek film will probably top out between $370M and $380M globally, it will probably come a bit short of that box office total, but it almost certainly will make up for it with home sales and merchandising revenue (which is a much bigger part of a film’s total these days).

However, much of this comparison to a film from 30 years ago is really irrelevent and mostly for some fun with numbers and playing with charts. From Paramount’s perspective, the thing they are looking at is how Star Trek is faring compared to other recent comparable films, and by that standard the new Star Trek is very much a success. Like Warner Brother’s did for Batman Begins (which grossed $372M globally in 2005), JJ Abrams and his team have effectively brought a lagging franchise back into the mainstream.

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