“Star Trek Into Darkness” took the #1 spot in its debut, racking up $84 million for its 4-day weekend after opening on Thursday, according to studio estimates. A lot of films would love to have that kind of opening, but even so, “Darkness” is trailing behind director J.J. Abrams’ own 2009 reboot of the franchise, “Star Trek”, which opened to $79 million in just 3 days four years earlier. Still, $84 million is $84 million and the #1 spot, so I don’t suppose Paramount will be too angry. A tad disappointed, maybe. Worldwide, the sci-fi sequel has collected $115 million so far.
Meanwhile, last week’s #1, “Iron Man 3″ fell to second place with another $35 million in its third week on the charts. There’s no need to shed a tear for ol Shellhead, though; the Marvel comic book sequel has already earned $337 million domestically and a whopping $699 million Internationally. That gives the film a $1.035 billion take so far, which is more than good enough for 12th place on the list of all-time money earners, jumping four spots after entering the $1 billion dollar stratosphere at #16 earlier this week.
It looks like a pretty good bet that “Iron Man 3″ will surpass the two “Pirates of the Caribbean” films on the $1 billion list by the end of next week — 2011’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” at #11 and 2006’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” at #9. There’s also a pretty good chance it might end up surpassing both “The Dark Knight” at #8 and “Skyfall” at #7 before the end of this month. Does the Armored Avenger have it in him? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
There were no other studio newcomers this week to challenge Abrams’ “Trek” at the box office, with only indie film “Frances Ha” opening in 4 screens. Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Great Gatsby”, Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain”, and Nicolas Cage’s animated movie “The Croods” rounds out the Top 5 (in that order) at the domestic box office.
Via : Box Office Mojo