Skip to comments.BLAST-OFF! 'Star Trek' Opens To $25M Friday; $32M So Far; Weekend $72M Audience Wider Than Fanbase
Posted on 05/09/2009 8:50:46 AM PDT by lewisglad
BLAST-OFF! 'Star Trek' Opens To $25M Friday; With $7M Thursday That's $32M So Far; Weekend Prediction Now $72M; Its Audience Wider Than Just Fanbase
FRIDAY 9:45 PM: Sources tell me that the North American opening number for Paramount's No. 1 Star Trek grosses today is looking like $25 million from 3,849 theaters. So, adding in Thursday 7 PM-Midnight screenings, the reimagined space odyssey has made $32 million so far. My insiders say the total weekend number now could easily reach $72M. "But it still has a shot at $75M if it gets any bump on Saturday," an exec explains. (Rival studios now think the Fri-Sat-Sun tally will only be $65M "because it's not expanding as the night goes on".) To put that in perspective, a domestic weekend total under $50M would have meant the pic didn't attract a new and younger audience and relied instead on the franchise's older but loyal fanbase of Trekkies. It was risky for Paramount to market the movie as "not your father's Star Trek". But the critical reviews for JJ Abrams' reboot are 90+% positive.
I hear the studio is celebrating international figures already: how "it's pretty spectacular" that Star Trek's debut in the UK, Australia, and Germany made almost the same as Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine's in those territories last weekend. Star Trek opened day and date in 54 countries Friday, and the goal of this new pic was to finally attract more filmgoers overseas. "Remember, this movie franchise has never done $100M international before," an exec reminds me tonight.
No. 2 was Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine which made $8.2 million Friday (-76% from a week ago) from 4,102 theaters for a projected $28M weekend and new cume of $131M. It crossed $200M today in worldwide grosses. No. 3 was New Line/Warner Bros' Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with a $3.1M Friday (-46% from a week ago) from 3,175 theaters for an expected $10M weekend and new cume of $30.5M. No. 4 was Screen Gem/Sony's Obsessed with $1.9M Friday from 2,602 theater for a predicted $6.2M weekend and new cume of $56M. No. 5 was Summit Entainment's Next Day Air with only a $1.4M opening from 1,138 theaters for maybe a $4M terrible weekend
Is Kirk going to be a real man like he was in the original series?
I hope so.
Couldn’t stand to see anything less than that.
Would break my heart.
They have the original captain Chris Pike and Kirk takes over from him, looks pretty good.
Can’t wait to see it on DVD!
Well, this new guy will never replace Bill Shatner, but he has plenty of testosterone. The guy who really stole some scenes was the fellow playing Leonard McCoy. He was a riot.
I went last night with a bunch of teenagers and a set of partens from my church. The kids loved it. So did I.
I read the local movie guy’s review this morning—he gave it high marks because it stands on its own as a great sci-fi movie aside from the Star Trek franchise. I’m looking forward to it.
Yay. The republic is saved.
In that case, I might just break my own ban against going to movie theaters.
Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’ http://www.theonion.com/content/video/trekkies_bash_new_star_trek_film
Oh, yea. It was fantastic. The character developments were stop on. From the opening till the close - great.
I saw it last night & I really enjoyed it!
HA. . .I forgot all about that one. A man’s-man kind of guy. . . .!
It better be a smash since it opened in over 7000 theaters.
Frankly I am amazed that this franchise is still alive and breathing. The last few movies from this franchise have been boring, dull, unoriginal, mindless and stupid.
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This one isn't. It's not just a re-boot of the entire Star Trek universe, it's closer to a TV Battlestar Galactica-style "re-imagining", but IMHO better done. (I am not a big fan of the new Galactica--too dark, political, and frankly boring for my taste.)
In the new Trek movie, the characterizations are really, really strong--strong enough to carry what I think is actually a rather pedestrian plot. But the plot isn't the story here, it's the characters. And, the plot is consistent enough to explain why this Star Trek is different from the previous TV series and movies. But this one is about the characters--Kirk, Spock, McCoy mainly.
And yeah, they got Kirk right. "Give them everything we've got!" No PC namby-pamby Jean-Luc Picard yawnfest here. Kirk's character is inclined to shoot first and ask questions later, just as he should be.
It's a whole new Star Trek. Forget TNG, forget Deep Space Nine, forget Voyager, forget "Enterprise." For that matter, forget most of what happened in the original TV series.
If you ever liked Star Trek, I think you'll really like the new movie.
I am a big fan of the original series and I hated all the wussy spinoffs. Only a very few of the movies were any good most notably the second and the fourth.
Rick Berman ran the Star Trek franchise from roughly 1990-2007 and really drove it into the ground for the last decade. They never should have let him have complete creative control after Gene Roddenberry died. This movie goes back to basics, like how they rebooted Bond and Batman and all that after some horrible movies (though I thought Star Trek Nemesis was OK). The difference is this movie is a prequel and manages to reboot things through an in-universe sci-fi explanation.
This reboot is the movie TOS lovers have been waiting for. Kirk is back and gone is the PC crowd which was killing the franchise. Field promotions are the order of the day as is fighting for what you believe in. I saw it on IMAX and then at a regular theater and I am amazing at how much more vivid IMAX is. This is a remake and should lead to decent Movies and series which Gene would like. The casting was about perfect. Long live Star Trek !
I wonder if the feud beyween Shatner and Takei had anything to do with the fact that Takei is gay.
I am pleased to hear.
I think the fact that Scotty was always "buttered side up" was to blame for that!
Karl Urban plays McCoy. A good actor, he was terrific as Eomer in the Rings Trilogy. I think he’d be a good McCoy. Also, I read that Bruce Greenwood is Captain Pike. Greenwood was very good in “Nowhere Man”, a very good paranoid series that had an unfortunate title.
I don’t have any plans to see the new “Trek” until it hits DVD. Having said that, though, if Morn the Barfly from DS9 happens to be in it, I’m on my way to the theater NOW!!
“In that case, I might just break my own ban against going to movie theaters.”
It’s worth every penny. This movie is something else. I’m a fan of the first 6 Star Trek movies, the old series, one of about 14 or 15 people that loved Enterprise, and a few seasons of TNG.
From start to finish I was blown away. Some people are getting torqued that it messes with Trek canon, but I can care less about those things...for the most part anyway. The cast is excellent, the plot/story is fantastic, and the special effects only make the movie even better :-)!
Don’t worry about Capt. Kirk ... the character appears to be in good hands now :-)! McCoy is downright perfect and I think Zachary Quinto (Spock) is actually a cloned Leonard Nimoy :-).
OK...I might be in the minority here and more than a few folks have suggested that I’m a bit old fashioned but,IMO,there are certain films/TV shows that just can’t be....just shouldn’t be...remade.Star Trek falls well into that category...as does ‘To Kill A Mockingbird” and many other films and shows.
I agree with you. I still enjoy the original “Trek” on dvd, and even though I did enjoy “DS9” and “Voyager”, I wish Hwd would come up with something new instead of remake after remake, and sequel after sequel.
These days, I spend most of my entertainment-time with a decent book from the library.
“OK...I might be in the minority here and more than a few folks have suggested that Im a bit old fashioned..”
You’re not old fashioned by any means :-)! I know exactly what you mean about messing with film/literature, etc. While I have to admit that the first trailer for this film had me a bit fired up (the one where they are assembling the Enterprise), I started to get queasy when I started seeing the sets, etc. In the end, it all worked.
This really isn’t a remake...it’s a glimpse into how the characters became the people they are (granted it is a somewhat altered timeline now). They needed younger actors. The ones they chose are perfect.
Trust me, I am one who does not hype up movies at all. I find most movies lame and boring these days. However, if you are a fan of Star Trek, please do yourself a favor and go see this. It is simply 2 hours of pure sci-fi fun and it *is* Star Trek! I’m telling you, these actors they snagged to play these roles exceeded my expectations....and my expectations were beyond high for this film.
Let’s put it this way....the Star Wars prequels ruined those most of those movies and stories for me...I can only sit through The Empire Strikes Back anymore. I have no desire to ever read another Star Wars book. This new Star Trek has done the EXACT opposite for me ... it reminded me of why I loved this series. I’ll be getting those TOS BluRays myself this week :-)!
BTW, your tagline is friggin excellent :-)!
IMHO the Star Trek canon needed to be seriously messed with. The ST universe had gotten so convoluted and compromised that it really needed a complete "re-boot." This movie does that, and I'm really looking forward to both seeing this movie again, and seeing sequels in the new Trek universe.
New Trek is better than Old Trek. Actually, what I'd really like to see is a TV series in the New Trek universe. I love TV space opera and the pickings are slim nowadays.
Slight spoiler alert . . .
color me delighted that the TNG/movie musical score did not get used at all in the new movie, as far as I noticed. It was old school, TOS theme music playing over the end credits (although I admit I didn't stay for all of the credits, so they may have tacked on the TNG theme at the end.)
I urge you to go see the movie. There is NO “let’s just sit down and talk” nonsense. Kick butt and move on is the order of the day here. It was a blast.
Kirk is 28?!?!?!
I have no idea. . .perhaps you are asking the question of someone else?
Kirk is 25 or 26. In the TOS he was 34 when we met him and had been in command for some time. The field promotion culture is similar to what happened in WWII so it is not completely off the rails.
Good lord! A TV series based off of the new Star Trek movie? I'd . . . start watching television again!
Turning square-jawed, two-fisted space opera into something modern and fresh was a longshot, but they certainly pulled it off. Santa couldn't possibly love us enough to bring a TV series to match.
Not even in WW2 would we have had a 26 year old in command of a heavy cruiser-class ship, so that's stretching it quite a bit. I can see wanting to have a young crew so the franchise can be stretched for a couple of decades if this works out.
“Turning square-jawed, two-fisted space opera into something modern and fresh was a longshot, but they certainly pulled it off. Santa couldn’t possibly love us enough to bring a TV series to match.”
It’d be amazing if they could do something like 18, 1/2 hour episodes in between movies ... basically 9 episodes per year and space them out evenly between the fall and summer (like in the fall, run 4 episodes, then 5 episodes in the spring/summer with a 1 hour finale). You figure 22 minutes of viewing time for each episode would lead to a nice, three hour story each season. That story could subsequently lead into the next film.
The only reason I suggest 1/2 hour episodes is that the new TV show would HAVE to maintain the special effects quality in the new movie (especially all of the computer graphics and stuff on the bridge....I completely dig that eye candy like “shield status”, “warp factor”, etc.). That would translate into a LOT of $$$ to produce these shows. However, something tells me that they could recoup those $$$ in no time.
One other big bonus with shorter seasons is less filler material and much better writing in my humble opinion.
I know nothing like this would ever happen, but its nice to dream a little :-)!
Just came back from the movie. If anything can resurrect this franchise, this movie can. It was FUN. Carl Urban is PERFECT as McCoy. The rest of the cast is very well done, and there is a lot of humor.
I hated the last few ST movies, but this one I like and I would not mind at all to see another sequel.
A constantly moving jittery camera does not help either the acting or the plot. Just hold the stupid thing still, so we can see what's going on!
You said — I dont have any plans to see the new Trek until it hits DVD.
Well, it might not have hit DVD yet — but — it is on the P2P network (BitTorrent, on The Pirate Bay...) :-)
I just got through watching it from a BitTorrent download...
You said — OK...I might be in the minority here and more than a few folks have suggested that Im a bit old fashioned but,IMO,there are certain films/TV shows that just cant be....just shouldnt be...remade.Star Trek falls well into that category...as does To Kill A Mockingbird and many other films and shows.
Well..., you know it’s not remade. It’s a prequel. There is a difference. I mean, if Star Wars can do three prequels then Star Trek should be able to do one... :-)
I’m with you. Avoiding this POS like the plague.
I hated the last few ST movies, but this one I like and I would not mind at all to see another sequel.
I just saw it this afternoon, too. First time I've ever heard applause from the audience when the credits rolled on a Trek film. Personally, I always like the original series and most of the feature films up through #6 (heck, even ST-V is tolerable in "edited" form).
Never cared much for TNG or DS9 and really hated Voyager. Enterprise was just lame, apart from the Tholians/USS Defiant/Mirror Universe episodes.
I went to see this new film loaded with skepticism, but it really worked well. The only question is, can they do it again?
I totally enjoyed most the next generation movies except generations.
Shatner didn’t get along with Doohan or Koenig either.