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Post by SSJ Data on Wed May 13, 2009 6:32 am

LOS ANGELES – "Star Trek" beamed itself up to the top of the box office, earning $76.5 million in its opening weekend.

Paramount Pictures had estimated that the movie would make about $50 million for the weekend, but figured that strong reviews helped carry it to the bigger opening.

Director J.J. Abrams' reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise made $72.5 million from Friday through Sunday, plus $4 million just in pre-midnight screenings Thursday, the studio said Saturday. That cumulative figure includes a record $8.2 million in IMAX showings.

"Star Trek," which reveals the back stories of Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, is an unusual blockbuster that pleased critics, too, receiving 96 percent positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes Web site.

"Last year 'The Dark Knight' and 'Iron Man' both were embraced by critics as incredible filmmaking as well as big action-adventure movies. This one has been even better reviewed," said Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore. "You look at the level of critical response and the audience reaction, we definitely feel like the movie is set to play into Memorial Day and into the summer."

Moore said he expected the movie, which had a $140 million budget, should gross over $200 million total this summer, even with competition like "Terminator: Salvation" coming on May 21 and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" arriving in theaters July 15.

Abrams got it right, he said, by appealing to both hardcore "Star Trek" fans as well as moviegoers who may not have been familiar with the 1960s television series and the many movies and TV spin-offs it spawned. It stars Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, and features an appearance by Leonard Nimoy as an older version of the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock.

"It just shows you how talented he is and what a great movie he made," Moore said.

"Star Trek" also beat the $6.3 million record "The Dark Knight" set in its opening weekend on IMAX screens last year.

"The DNA of this movie and the DNA of the `Star Trek' franchise work perfectly together and are very much a complement to what IMAX has accomplished," said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "IMAX was a company that had a sort of older-school, older-fashioned approach to things and we hipped it up and reinvented ourselves, if you will. That's precisely what J.J. Abrams and Paramount did with 'Star Trek.'"

The fact that the "Star Trek" haul improved from $26.8 million on Friday to $27.4 million on Saturday is a good sign, said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com.

"Sometimes you will see a movie drop big-time," Dergarabedian said. "What this 'Star Trek' is going to have is legs, a rare commodity in this world where every week there's a new blockbuster."

As expected, last week's top film, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," came in at No. 2 with $27 million. The prequel to the "X-Men" franchise, starring Hugh Jackman as the mutant who slices and dices his enemies with his metal claws, has made nearly $129.6 million in two weeks.

"It's the same weekend drop as ('X-Men: The Last Stand'), the last one. That tends to be what fan-based movies do," said Chris Aronson, senior vice president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox. "To have $130 million in the first 10 days is sensational. We think we withstood the attack of 'Star Trek,' if you will, and will settle into a long, successful run."

The week's other new wide release, the stoner comedy "Next Day Air," came in at sixth place with $4 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures where released Monday.

1. "Star Trek," $72.5 million.

2. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," $27 million.

3. "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," $10.45 million.

4. "Obsessed," $6.6 million.

5. "17 Again," $4.4 million.

6. "Next Day Air," $4 million.

7. "The Soloist," $3.6 million.

8. "Monsters vs. Aliens," $3.4 million.

9. "Earth," $2.5 million.

10. "Hannah Montana: The Movie," $2.4 million.

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Post by Darkwing on Wed May 13, 2009 7:55 am

yep, she's doin well

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Post by SSJ Data on Wed May 13, 2009 8:19 am

best Star Trek movie ever

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Post by ToaKaita47 on Wed May 13, 2009 11:06 pm

Have to agree with you on that, Data!
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Post by SSJ Data on Tue May 19, 2009 9:35 am

TWLWTitle (click to view)StudioWeekend Gross% ChangeTheater Count / ChangeAverageTotal GrossBudget*Week #
1NAngels & DemonsSony$46,204,168-3,527-$13,100$46,204,168$1501
21Star TrekPar.$43,034,547-42.8%3,860+11$11,149$147,645,384-2
32X-Men Origins: WolverineFox$14,702,425-44.3%3,892-210$3,778$150,993,169$1503



it has already made paramount almost 50 million and has almost surpassed X men in total revenue my thinking is next weekend Star Trek will overtake X Men in total revenue putting it as the best movie of the year
If Star Trek is lucky it could make it on to the top ten Paramount movies ever makeing the list at number 7 at most
and has a defenent spot in the top 1000 (currently at 180 as of now and considering ST 8 got 455) movies ever released in america
in addition it has made more than the best selling star trek movie Star Trek 8 FC by 50 million and that's only from america
out of the 12 movies out star trek got 2nd last weekend barly beeten by angels and deamons in it's firsty weekend


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Post by Darkwing on Tue May 19, 2009 10:41 am

it has also left the weekend with number one as of sunday

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Post by Darkwing on Tue May 26, 2009 10:32 pm

well, trek i guess is just shy of being the #1 grossing film of 2009 in america, and it's 6th biggest movie that paramount has ever made so yippee for trek!

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Post by ToaKaita47 on Wed May 27, 2009 1:16 am

I say we celebrate with lemon pie. LOL! Very Happy
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Post by Terminus on Wed May 27, 2009 7:26 am

I say we celebrate with apple pie!

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Post by SSJ Data on Wed May 27, 2009 12:42 pm

I'll bring the pumkin

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Post by Terminus on Wed May 27, 2009 1:40 pm

We need ice cream to, who's bringing it?

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Post by SSJ Data on Thu May 28, 2009 6:09 am

UMMM Quantum

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Post by Darkwing on Thu May 28, 2009 11:02 am

I'll bring a peach

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Post by SSJ Data on Thu May 28, 2009 1:55 pm

off topicness over

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Post by Quantum Rain on Thu May 28, 2009 3:26 pm

*Has ice cream*

Wait...the off topicness is over? Darn it, I just got the ice cream too, someone owes me money!

Anyway, how is everyone, sorry I haven't been logging in to chat this week.

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Post by ToaKaita47 on Thu May 28, 2009 10:54 pm

We're doing all right. And apparently, so is Star Trek.

Oh, and I made a website with a lemon pie emoticon!!!
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Post by Darkwing on Fri May 29, 2009 6:29 am

i think we're only going to have trek for one more week where I work, but guess what! As of tomorrow, we're a digital 3-d theatre which is awesome!!!!

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Post by ToaKaita47 on Sat May 30, 2009 1:18 am

Niiiiiice!!!
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Post by Darkwing on Sat May 30, 2009 6:26 am

that makes like 2 or three in all of ns!

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Post by Darkwing on Sat May 30, 2009 2:20 pm

k, we used our projector for the first time tonight. i worked ush and it was AWESOME!!!! It is a piece of equipment that looks like it came out of a sci-fi movie, and to see a film in 3d is frickin awesome!!!

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Post by mr33mean on Sat May 30, 2009 10:17 pm

NICE, i wish i could see it like that Crying or Very sad

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Post by Darkwing on Sat May 30, 2009 11:01 pm

yeah, it's really cool. the projector has like computer screens coming off of it, and has blue glowing parts, it's almost a work of art

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Post by ToaKaita47 on Sun May 31, 2009 4:06 am

Sounds like a lot of fun! If I could only view Earth-Link Zero (when it gets done) in that piece of equipment...
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Post by Darkwing on Sun May 31, 2009 2:25 pm

well, i can hook dvd players up (well not me personally) to the hd projector at the theatre that i work at (not the 3d projector though, we also have a shiny hd projector for the met opera)

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Post by agentaaa on Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:31 pm

76. 5 mill eh. we need to make a film that successful, so we can make a team for BM3. i propose a video about a dancing chicken... in a top hat.
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