Monday, May 18, 2009

Stellar box office

"Star Trek" did a great job hanging on to audiences for the crucial second weekend (a time when some movies take a drastic drop and then fade away quickly). Here is what BoxOfficeMojo had to say:

Unphased by “Angels & Demons”, “Star Trek” excelled in its second weekend, logging an estimated $43 million. Reaching $147.6 million in just over ten days, it has eclipsed “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” as the highest-grossing picture in the franchise.

Slowing 43 percent, Star Trek effectively had the best second weekend hold for a Star Trek movie since “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”, and it had a smaller decline than “Iron Man” last year.

Of course, the biggest difference with this movie, compared to past "Star Trek" movies, has been the overseas market response. This movie is, thankfully, drastically different according to DeadlineHollywood:

As of today, the pic's international cume is $70M over two weeks. This already makes Abrams' version the highest grossing international “Star Trek”, beating “First Contact” which did $57.4 million internationally.

No movie in the franchise has ever cracked $100M overseas before. But Paramount is predicting that this latest Star Trek should do around $150 international and around $400M worldwide.

So now Star Trek's worldwide cume is $216M.

Really good news for the zesty new Star Trek franchise.

Even President Obama, frequently referenced in the media as our Vulcan president, gave the movie a good review, according to Newsweek:

And the last movie you saw?
Now, movies I’ve been doing OK [with] because it turns out we got this nice theater on the ground floor of my house … So Star Trek, we saw this weekend, which I thought was good. Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out and—[the president makes the Vulcan salute with his hand].

Very good?
Yes, absolutely.

Did you watch that when you were growing up?

I used to love Star Trek. You know, Star Trek was ahead of its time. There was a whole—the special effects weren’t real good, but the storylines were always evocative, you know, there was a little commentary and a little pop philosophy for a 10-year-old to absorb.

Just one more reason I enjoy having him in the White House...

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