Box Office: Star Trek Beams to First Place with $76.5 Million

The studio had low-balled J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the sci-fi franchise at $50 million, which you have to take with a grain of salt, as studios usually lowball their big movies so they can crow about the film surpassing “expectations” later on. Paramount will get to do just that when the numbers for “Star Trek” rolls in, because right now it’s looking pretty good. The film, which chronicles the earlier exploits of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s familiar crew, landed at first place with an impressive $76.5 million dollar opening in its debut weekend. The take includes $4 million from the Thursday Midnight showings, and another $8 million or so from IMAX screenings. You can read our reviews for “Star Trek” here and here.

The week’s only other big opening, the counter-programming comedy “Next Day Air” opened in sixth place with $4 million. Not bad for a comedy with no named stars. Last week’s #1 movie, the “X-Men” prequel “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” fell to second place, taking in another $27 million for a 2-week total of $129 million. That’s still under the movie’s reported $150 million dollar budget, which it should surpass by the next few weeks, though how much of a hit “Wolverine” eventually becomes remains to be seen.

“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”, “Obsessed”, and “17 Again” filled out the Top 5 at the box office. For a full listing of the Top 10 films at the box office, see below (via).

1 —–Star Trek —–$72,500,000 —–$76,500,000
2 —–X-Men Origins: Wolverine —–$27,000,000 —– $129,624,000
3 —–Ghosts of Girlfriends Past —–$10,450,000 —–$30,246,000
4 —–Obsessed —–$6,600,000 —–$56,247,000
5 —–17 Again —–$4,405,000 —–$54,167,000
6 —–Next Day Air —– $4,000,000 —– $4,000,000
7 —–The Soloist —–$3,605,000 —–$23,501,000
8 —–Monsters Vs. Aliens —– $3,379,000 —–$186,892,000
9 —–Earth (2009) —– $2,488,000 —– $26,086,000
10 —–Hannah Montana The Movie —–$2,414,000 —– $74,083,000