We are nine weeks in, but there are still Star Trek movie tidbits to round up for you. We have the just in final numbers for Star Trek’s ninth weekend, plus some are already reflecting on what Star Trek has taught us about the year (and the Summer isn’t even over yet). Also we have some new video from the May Hollywood premiere and more.
Box Office Update: Out of Top 10 – tops $375M worldwide
The final numbers are just in and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had a rare 2nd Summer weekend win, coming in just ahead of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (which opened last Wednesday). As expected, Star Trek dropped out of the top 10 in its 9th weekend at the domestic box office. With a combination of a big cut in theaters (down 675 to 1,148), and with across the chart low sales on Saturday (people spending July 4th watching fireworks instead of movies), Star Trek had its biggest weekend drop of over 50% to bring in just under $1.8M. Star Trek came up $162K short of the $250M mark domestically (but should pass that point sometime today).
|Film||Wknd gross||Total||Wk #|
|2||Ice Age 3||$41,690,382||$66,732,868||1|
|7||My Sister’s Keeper||$5,788,327||$26,518,582||2|
|8||The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3||$2,534,228||$58,508,070||4|
|10||Night at the Museum 2||$2,043,288||$167,706,959||7|
|12||Away We Go||$1,096,212||$6,077,303||5|
Overseas Star Trek ended the weekend with an international total of $125,190,225. This brings the total global gross to $375,028,364. It appears that Star Trek’s time at the box office is finally winding down, but it will likely top $380M before it finally disappears from theaters.
Reflecting on Star Trek – what have we learned?
As Star Trek slowly steps off the stage of Summer movies, some are already reflecting on the film and what it teaches us relative to the other Summer movies.
In an article titled "5 lessons to have learned from 2009 already", io9 sees one lesson of how Star Trek-style optimism is back in vogue, noting
Terminator Salvation and Watchmen – two downbeat movies offering popcorn versions of pessimistic views of humanity (“Ultimately, man’s greed and laziness will lead us to become disconnected from our fellow man and controlled by the machines and mechanisms that we created to ease our daily existences – but doesn’t this slow-motion action sequence look hot?”) – both failed to meet expectation at the box office, while Star Trek’s hopeful, colorful version of a future that may be too lens-flarey to be cuddly but is nonetheless positive surpassed expectations.
In an article titled "Despite complexities, summer heroes still find time to save the world", LA Times film critic Betsy Sharkey contrasts Chris Pine’s Kirk with other summer movie heroes, noting:
Pine’s James T. Kirk, on the other hand, has to search for the good inside the bad boy, and he does it brilliantly, without question my favorite hero this summer. In Kirk, Pine embodies the kind of confidence-infused machismo that made Harrison Ford’s Han Solo so appealing in “Star Wars” years ago. Even before Pine’s Kirk beats the Kobayashi Maru test, you know behind those startlingly blue eyes is a strategic brain to be reckoned with, to say nothing of the sexual potency that vibrates around him.
It is always a risk to take on a deeply familiar character, particularly one like Capt. Kirk, whom William Shatner breathed a very specific life into beginning in the ’60s with the TV series. Even John Belushi’s “Saturday Night Live” satire of Kirk couldn’t have been so rich without the Shatner blueprint. Pine has to figure out how to create Kirk anew without alienating the cult of the old and is greatly helped by a fine-tuned script from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
Finally, in an article titled "Hollywood’s New Math: Who Needs Stars?", Business Week contrasts how ‘star vehicle’ films like Taking of Pelham 123 (w/ Denzel Washington) and Imagine That (w/ Eddie Murphy) have come up short compared to movies with lesser known stars like The Hangover, Star Trek and others. Here is an excerpt:
Big-name actors can still open a movie. But they’re no longer crucial. In bygone years, says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com, studios would have scrambled to find a big-name star to play Captain James T. Kirk and other crew members for this summer’s Star Trek. Instead, Paramount (VIA) selected a cast of relative nobodies, amped up the special effects, and “made it all about J.J. Abrams,” milking his following from his work co-creating the ABC TV show Lost. Moviegoers, say Dergarabedian, take their cues not from the stars but from the trailers they see on cable TV, the Internet, even their cell phones. “Today it’s the concept of the movie that motivates folks to go the movie theater, not the star who’s in it,” he says.
Star Trek celebrity arrivals
Our friends at ShatnerVision have put out a video showing the celebrity arrivals at the Hollywood Star Trek premiere on April 30th.
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