Box Office Report: Star Trek Into Darkness doesn’t have bold opening
Star Trek Into Darkness doesn’t go boldly where Star Trek has gone before.
Easily taking the top spot for the weekend was J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness with $70.6 million for the three-day frame and $84.1 million when you add in Wednesday night and Thursday. That’s slightly less than 2009’s Star Trek, which grossed $75.2 million for the weekend and $86.7 million through its first four-and-a-half days.
So is Star Trek Into Darkness – a fitting, pleasing sequel to Star Trek – a “disappointment?” Based on the numbers, yes, especially when you consider Paramount publicly predicted a $100 million weekend, which was possible considering the film played in IMAX and in 3D. But you also have to consider that Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby are also currently playing in theaters and did well again this weekend.
Iron Man 3 continued its strong run with another $35.2 million to bring its 17-day total to almost $340 million. It also surpassed the $1 billion mark when you add-in its worldwide total. The Great Gatsby grabbed another $23.4 million to bring its total to $90 million.
Rounding out the top five for the weekend were Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, which grossed $3.1 million for a total of $46.6 million and The Croods, which in its ninth weekend picked up $2.75 million to bring its total to $176.8 million.
Star Trek Into Darkness may be the No. 1 film at the box office for the weekend but don’t expect to stay there. Fast & Furious 6 opens this weekend and should beat it – especially considering the rave reviews it’s already getting. Expect the latest installment in the series to at least gross $80 million.