Star Trek just finished its 8th weekend in general release and it is still in the top 10 for ticket sales. We have all the latest box office details below, plus the head of Paramount talking up the future of the franchise. We also have more from Bob and Alex and Karl Urban getting a mouth full.
Box Office Update: Trek still in top 10 – passes $370M
Of course the big news for the domestic weekend box office was Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, which passed the $200M on its fifth day (the only film to ever earn faster was last year’s The Dark Knight). But the old Star Trek movie was still in the top 10, after eight weekends. It also had a bit of a surprise in that it came in 8th, ahead of Night at the Museum 2, due to a strong showing for Trek on Saturday. Star Trek again had the smallest drop of all films in wide release (-32.6%)
|Film||weekend||Total Dom / wks|
|1||TRANSFORMERS 2||$108,966,307||$200,077,255 / 1|
|2||THE PROPOSAL||$18,578,541||$69,162,471 / 2|
|3||THE HANGOVER||$17,022,166||$183,054,267 / 4|
|4||UP||$13,061,737||$250,234,554 / 5|
|5||MY SISTER’S KEEPER||$12,442,212||$12,442,212 / 1|
|6||YEAR ONE||$6,022,444||$32,529,560 / 2|
|7||THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3||$5,451,107||$53,456,827 / 3|
|8||STAR TREK||$3,711,968||$246,331,182 / 8|
|9||NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2||$3,643,522||$163,391,192 / 6|
|10||AWAY WE GO||$1,709,313||$4,088,390 / 4|
Star Trek’s overseas sales are now at $124,127,476. This brings the global total to $370,458,658.
for For the year Star Trek has moved around on the charts. It is now the #2 film domestically (being passed by Up), and the #3 film globally (passing Monsters vs. Aliens, but being passed by Transformers 2). Star Trek has also moved onto the top 50 films of all time (domestic – before inflation), and has moved the Star Trek domestic franchise total (again before inflation), past $1 Billion. It is also worth noting that however you want to measure the inflation adjusted domestic box office for Star Trek The Motion Picture, the new Star Trek movie has passed it to be the top earner of the franchise.
Two more films open this week for the 4th of July weekend (Ice Age 3 and Public Enemies), and it will be interesting to see if Star Trek has another top 10 weekend in it. Last year’s very leggy movie Iron Man was able to manage eight weekends, so it would be a bit of a feat. With the holiday, Star Trek should be able to top $250M domestically by next weekend, something few thought it had a chance at before it opened.
Brad Grey talks importance of Trek
The combine strength of Star Trek and Transformers has pushed Paramount close to the the $1B mark domestically for 2009 and the top of market share for the year. In an interview with business channel Bloomberg, Paramount Chairman and Chief Executive talked up the importance of these kinds of franchise’s the the studio’s future.
The box-office success of the film and “Star Trek,” released in May, moved Paramount closer to achieving a goal of developing movies with the potential to spin off profitable sequels, Grey said in an interview yesterday. In August, the studio will release another possible franchise, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” he said.
“It’s incumbent upon us now to continue to build on our margins,” said Grey. “The way we do that is by controlling costs around the world and continuing to build these franchises.”
Again with Orci and Kurtzman
If you have not had enough Transformers 2 interviews with Orci and Kurtzman that also delve into Trek, then Dark Horizons has a good one, with a lot of talk about the differences between working with Abrams and Bay. They also give another update on the status for the sequel.
Question: Is there serious discussion about the Star Trek sequel? And what would be your ideal – if you could come up with one story line from the original series to incorporate as fans, what would it be?
Orci: I don’t know. Literally, we’re making it a point not to even commit to saying what we would do to each other. We can literally clean out the summer, you know? It’s just too early. It’s sort of like swimming the 100 meter in your time off, you know what I mean?
Question: Do you think there’ll be a period where you’ll be able to sit down and start coming up with ideas?
Orci: Yeah. You know, we’re going to start in a few weeks. We’re gonna just – move past this period of time here, take it all in, as was said, and then re-educate ourselves with the material. Just come at it again without forcing it, you know?
Finally, Urban has his mouth full
Star Trek’s new Doctor McCoy, Karl Urban, appeared at the Supanova convention over the weekend in Sydney, Australia — where at some point he felt the need to do this…(Photos, with no real explanation from Splash News via NY Post)
Urban demonstrating how to do an internal scan?