“Star Trek” opening weekend exceeds estimate

Opening weekend takes in $79.2 million

Posted by on May 12th, 2009 and filed under Movies, Music & TV. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Star Trek movie - File photo

Star Trek movie - File photo

Hollywood, CA – The opening weekend total for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” was significantly higher than initial estimates. The intergalactic adventure grossed $79.2 million over the three day period in 3,849 locations, nearly $3 million higher than initial estimates due to strong Mother’s Day attendance. Initially, the critically acclaimed film was expected to bring in $18.3 million on Sunday, but ended up with a $21 million gross. Family attendance was greater than expected and lead to the upsurge.

“The spike over our initial estimates on Mother’s Day demonstrates that the combination of strong reviews and solid word-of-mouth contributed to better than anticipated attendance by families yesterday, confirming our belief that ‘Star Trek’ has a broad, multi-generational appeal,” said Rob Moore, Vice-Chairman of Paramount Pictures in a news release.

The Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment release stars John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Alias,” “Lost”) and written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (“MI: III,” “Transformers”). Based upon “Star Trek” Created by Gene Roddenberry. The film is produced by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof.

The film has been rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content.

Article by Marc Parker

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