Star Trek was the #1 movie at the box office, earning $76.5 million in its opening weekend.
Paramount Pictures estimated the Star Trek movie would make about $50 million for the weekend, but strong reviews and online buzz helped carry it past the estimates by more than 50%. The latest in the Star Trek movie franchise made $72.5 million from Friday to Sunday, plus $4 million in pre-midnight screenings Thursday, Paramount said Saturday, including a record $8.2 million in IMAX showings.
Star Trek hit the mark with moviegoers by appealing to younger viewers who may not have been familiar with the original 1960′s TV series in that there was lots of background material on the characters, yet veteran Trekkies were impressed by how much of the essence of the series was included. People liked it so much that it recieved 96 percent positive reviews on the critical Rotten Tomatoes Web site.
Star Trek Movie Tops Box Office
With Star Trek in the lead, here are the top 10 movies at the box office this weekend:
1. Star Trek – $76.5 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