Star Trek Beyond, the latest entry in the franchise, is projected to take in $60 million over its opening weekend, according to Variety.
The film took in $5.5 million during Wednesday marathons and Thursday previews, and it grossed $22 million on Friday. Despite dominating this weekend at the box office so far, the projected opening weekend gross is down 14% from Star Trek Into Darkness‘s $70.2 million opening weekend and also down 20% from Star Trek 2009’s $75.2 million opening weekend.
While Beyond may take in less revenue in its total opening weekend than its two predecessors, many analysts point to an overall box office slump this year. Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse only took in $65 million during its opening weekend at Memorial Day, while Independence Day: Resurgence earned $41 million its opening weekend. The top performers this Summer have been the family-friendly Finding Dory at $135 million and The Secret Life of Pets at $104 million during their respective opening weekends.
Beyond hit the high-range of its opening weekend projections, and now it remains to be seen whether the film can continue to dominate at the domestic box office thanks to good reviews (an 85% overall score at Rotten Tomatoes) and positive word-of-mouth. It will face direct competition at the box office next week when the Matt Damon-led Jason Bourne opens. The film will slowly roll out in 37 markets internationally over the next several weeks.