What We Know About A 'Star Trek Beyond' Sequel -- It Will Probably Be Cheaper

Robert Bellach

Much of the movie news of late has been about the box office success of Suicide Squad. But what of Star Trek Beyond, the recent entry in the ongoing reboot series of Star Trek? The word is not so good. As of Sunday, Box Office Mojo lists its box office total as $127,901,364 – still not quite near the projected budget of $185 million. That doesn't even begin to take additional marketing costs into account. Despite good reviews, the film appears to be a long way from being fully profitable.

He notes the July opening weekend results are under the adjusted-for-inflation results of Star Trek: First Contact (one of the more successful Star Trek films), but actually come close to the box office results of Star Trek: Generations (a film noted for only middling box office by Star Trek standards).

"The franchise is now basically where it was in the mid-1980s and mid-1990s."

So, there's one thing we probably know about the next Star Trek film, if it happens: it will be a lower budgeted movie.

In an article titled, "A Cheaper 'Star Trek' Franchise Can Live Longer And Be More Prosperous," Mendelson lays out his theory and proposition to create a more sustainable future for the series.

"Here's the weird conundrum that exists in the current Star Trek cinematic universe: The films cost so much that they are barely profitable even when they do make quite a bit of money. Yet, the massive action scenes and set pieces that demand said budgets are basically everyone's least favorite part of any given Star Trek film. When people rave about a Star Trek movie, they are usually talking about the winning cast, the emotional payoffs, and/or the would-be social topicality. In short, nobody ever went to a Star Trek movie primarily for the action scenes.

"...there must be a happy medium between a $50 million cheapie and a $185m extravaganza... Having one or two fewer action scenes, sequences that generally earn the ire of critics/fans and (I would argue) the comparative indifference of general audiences anyway, and/or somewhat toning down the scale of the existing action scenes, could potentially reduce the budget. Thus, the next Star Trek film wouldn't have to clear $400 million worldwide just to hopefully break even or make a small profit."

"...there must be a happy medium between a $50 million cheapie and a $185m extravaganza... Having one or two fewer action scenes, sequences that generally earn the ire of critics/fans and (I would argue) the comparative indifference of general audiences anyway, and/or somewhat toning down the scale of the existing action scenes, could potentially reduce the budget. Thus, the next Star Trek film wouldn't have to clear $400 million worldwide just to hopefully break even or make a small profit."

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