Two months into its release and there is still stuff to report about the new Star Trek movie. We have the latest box office results and what may be the end to its top 10 run, Plus more Khan debate online, more Star Wars/Star Trek, and a few other ST09 tidbits.
Star Trek’s last day in top 10?
Tuesday was Star Trek’s 54th day in release and it ranked 9th, with $526K in domestic sales (only a 2.2% drop from last week). Although a strong Saturday put Star Trek into 8th place last weekend, the film has been in 9th place for four out of the last five days since the latest new films opened last Friday.
|Film||30-Jun||Total Dom / days|
|1||TRANSFORMERS 2||$13,510,024||$228,441,219 / 7|
|2||THE PROPOSAL||$ 3,287,320||$75,205,432 / 12|
|3||THE HANGOVER||$2,749,356||$188,381,740 / 26|
|4||UP||$2,571,769||$254,967,154 / 33|
|5||MY SISTER’S KEEPER||$2,270,492||$16,748,850 / 5|
|6||YEAR ONE||$1,082,850||$34,645,192 / 12|
|7||THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3||$828,005||$54,970,829 / 19|
|8||NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2||$754,033||$164,739,568 / 40|
|9||STAR TREK||$526,347||$247,306,259 / 54|
|10||AWAY WE GO||$235,990||$4,534,622 / 26|
Today two more films opened, kicking off the 4th of July weekend. So there is a good chance that yesterday was Star Trek’s last day in the top 10. Regardless, Star Trek is on track to top $250M domestically this weekend.
Star Trek remains the #2 ranked movie for 2009 domestically, but Transformers 2 will push it to #3 within a couple of days. Overseas Star Trek has racked up $124,738,794, which ranks it as the #8 film for 2009 for overseas sales. Although behind almost all of the other summer movies, Variety reports today that Paramount is still OK with the international sales:
because [Star Trek] has never been a big draw overseas, so Par says it was happy with the foreign numbers.
Star Trek now has a global total gross of $372,045,053.
The Great Khan Debate
One of the hottest topics here at TrekMovie in the last few weeks has been about the Star Trek sequel, and whether or not it should include Khan. This debate is playing itself out across the geekosphere as fans debate the future of Khan or no Khan. A couple of recent examples
DenOfGeek notes 10 things they want in the Star Trek sequel and coming in at number five was…
5. Khan Noonien Singh
The genetically-engineered warrior from the Eugenics Wars is probably Kirk’s greatest nemesis, when he defrosts this sociopath when he encounters his ship, Botany Bay. Sadly, Ricardo Montalban is no longer with us, so who would play this charming monster? That’s a difficult one, although Antonio Banderas does spring to mind for some curious reason.
…but io9 argues against putting Khan in to the Star Trek sequel, listing a number of reasons, including:
Say goodbye to the freshness.
Abrams’ Star Trek reboot threw armfuls of candy at the fans, to distract them from the fact that this was a whole new Star Trek. You had the Kobayashi Maru, the classic lines like "I am, and always will be your friend" and "I’m giving her all she’s got," the Orion woman, Pike in a wheelchair, and so on. The constant hand-holding got a little annoying, because I’d rather see a movie that’s concerned with telling a story than with placating a minority of OCD fans. But it was okay, because behind all of this clutter, there was a fresh story.
Even though Nero was a weak villain, he was at least something new, and he had a few really great moments. But it’s hard to imagine a storyline starring Khan that wouldn’t feel a bit warmed-over. It would be the opposite of the first movie: a few fresh ideas, wrapped around a core of fan-pleasing deja vu. Pass.
I have been talking about this topic with others at TrekMovie.com HQ, and will put up my thoughts on the Khan debate this weekend.
More Star Trek & Star Wars
The Star Trek/Star Wars bits keep coming. Firstly here is an image from the Philadelphia Inquirer taken at Star Trek: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute, when members of the local 501st legion of Star Wars fans dropped by.
Mr. Fett, I find your inability of fire phasers properly disturbing
And the folks at College Humor have another animation looking at Star Trek confusion with Star Wars (and a few other genre faves).
Finally, The American Melodrama theater group have a new parody play called "Space Trek", to be performed this Summer in Long Beach. The play is an apparently humorous amalgam of Star Trek and Star Wars, here is the trailer.
More ST09 and Star Trek Bits
- Leonard Nimoy is being bestowed with the ‘Leonard Nimoy Angel Award’ by Company of Angels theater company for his contributions to theater in Los Angeles
- Wired’s GeekDad takes up the Kirk v Picard debate
- Movieweb and Deadbolt have interviews with Clifton Collins (Ayel), the latter confirming he will not be in Thor)
- Music Industry NewsWire has an article about about the ‘Mouse Microphone‘ from Blue Mic featured in the Star Trek movie.
Get a Mouse Mic and make your own Starfleet Academy scene