BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: Star Trek Warps Into First Place with $72.5 Million
Weekend Box Office
1) Star Trek $72.5 million
2) X-Men Origins: Wolverine $27 million
3) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past $10.4 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 $3.3 million
9) Earth $2.4 million
10) Hannah Montana: The Movie $2.4 million
JJ Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise was firing on all thrusters this weekend as it warped into the top spot at the box office with $72.5 million. While the film opened to impressive numbers, it wasn't able to beat out X-Men Origins: Wolverine debut take of $85 million from last weekend. The Marvel Comics adaptation starring Hugh Jackman took in extreme dip in ticket sales this week, dropping down into the number two spot with another $27 million to its name. Thus far, the franchise offshoot has collected an impressive $129 million, making it the first hit of the summer.
This weekend's only other major release was the Benny Boom action comedy Next Day Air. Starring an ensemble cast of comedic actors, the film arrived at number six on the charts, taking in an estimated $4 million. It opened on just 1,138 screens, 1/3 of those shared by Captain Kirk and Spock. After home video sales, this will be a modest hit, and its possible that we will see a sequel sometime in the next year.
In a not so-surprising turn, both Star Trek and X-Men Origins: Wolverine held the top per-screen averages of the weekend as well. Star Trek managed to take $18,836 from its 3,849 screens. While X-Men Origins: Wolverine collected $6,582 from its 4,102 screens. New on the art house scene, Little Ashes earned $6,417 from each of its 12 screens for a cumulative take of $77,000. Adoration came in behind it with $43,700 from ten screens. And Rudo y Cursi pulled a fairly week $211,000 from 70 screens.
Star Trek will have a hard time fighting for that number one spot next weekend, as the crew of the Starship Enterprise faces a great adversary in Tom Hanks and his Angels & Demons. This sequel to the popular hit The Da Vinci Code is the only major release headed our way next weekend.