BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Star Trek’ Warps Into First Place with $72.5 Million

‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ drops into second place with $27 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.

Star Trek was released May 8th, 2009 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released May 1st, 2009 and stars Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will i Am, Lynn Collins, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Taylor Kitsch. The film is directed by Gavin Hood.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was released May 1st, 2009 and stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas, Emma Stone, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Robert Forster, Anne Archer. The film is directed by Mark Waters.

17 Again was released April 17th, 2009 and stars Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Matthew Perry, Tyler Steelman, Allison Miller, Sterling Knight, Michelle Trachtenberg. The film is directed by Burr Steers.

Next Day Air was released May 8th, 2009 and stars Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Wood Harris, Omari Hardwick, Emilio Rivera, Darius McCrary, Cisco Reyes, Yasmin Deliz. The film is directed by Benny Boom.

Monsters Vs. Aliens was released March 27th, 2009 and stars Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Paul Rudd. The film is directed by Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon.

Hannah Montana: The Movie was released April 10th, 2009 and stars Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias, Lucas Till, Vanessa Williams. The film is directed by Peter Chelsom.

Sources: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Darko

    Couldn't have said it better deadjedi.

    6 years agoby @brokenweldFlag

  2. deadjedi

    I'm 34 and I've been watching Star Trek--every incarnation of it--for as long as I can remember. The new movie included all the major character and theme elements. It also included one element that Star Trek lacked--ACTION. This alone increased the possibilities for where the franchise can go in the future.

    And thanks to the incorporation of a certain plot element explaining WHY this movie is different, the franchise no longer carries the anchor of everything the came before around its neck. Star Trek can now "boldly go" where no Star Trek movie or series has gone before.

    6 years agoby @deadjediFlag

  3. Shadow Of The Day


    6 years agoby @asifFlag

  4. Shelley

    I have to disagree Editboy, every poll I have seen over 50% of people who saw Star Trek have seen episodes or movies (original crew).

    Mr. Amazing, yes it will make over 140 million because worldwide it has already made $120 million.

    6 years agoby @shelleyFlag

  5. Editboy

    That's the thing, Moviemaniack1993. You've never seen one episode of the original series. Most of the people (not all) I am reading reviews from who thought the movie was 'amazing, incredible, awesome', etc. have never watched the original series. That's fine. If you loved it, great.

    The funny thing is even after "Terminator Salvation" comes out next week, a movie I'm REALLY looking forward to and am hopeful about, I wouldn't be surprised if "Up" turns out to be the best movie of the summer. Beyond what's already been released ("Wolverine" and "Star Trek") and what is yet to come ("Transformers" and "Harry Potter"). We're not talking the biggest money maker. We're talking a movie that has a great story, great characters, and some real depth. As well as being a fun summer popcorn flick.

    6 years agoby @editboyFlag

  6. GK

    Amazing flim.

    6 years agoby @indianajonesFlag

  7. Brainiac

    ok mrAMAZING, i just want to know wut bout it was so bad. i'm not tryin to argue with u, but there r like 3 ppl total so far that i have seen who don't like the new Star Trek, but none of them have said y, so i'm just curious?

    and just wondering do u mean it won't make more then 140 mil world wide or domestic?

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag

  8. Diaigma

    Just saw Star Trek. AMAZING!!!

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  9. mrAMAZING

    wont make over 140 overall, thats a promise...jj abrams ruined everything when they couldve gotten someone like tony scott to direct this. this summer is going to suck

    6 years agoby @mramazingFlag

  10. Shelley

    I agree maniac, the film was awesome and this is coming from someone who has seen every original episode and all the movies. I enjoyed Wolverine and as much as I am a fan of Hugh Jackman, I admit Star Trek was better.

    6 years agoby @shelleyFlag

  11. Moviemaniack1993

    Editboy you're crazy if you didn't think Star Trek was good. It is so far the highest reviewed film this year, and will probably be one of the best to come out of any studio this year. It was not overhyped, and if it was, it definitely lived up to it. As someone who has never even seen one episode of the series, the movie was awesome.

    6 years agoby @moviemaniack1993Flag

  12. -comrade-

    We'll see how the total grosses are, then we'll determine the winner.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  13. Editboy

    "Star Trek" just wasn't that good, plus I agree with the comments TheBD made. After "Batman and Robin" a lot of people were a little trigger shy about going back into another Batman movie. Happily, that's one of the only reboots that really, really worked! I see that happening with "Trek". Joe Six-pack saw those movies slowly go into the dirt. Do they believe this one will be any better? For some, it's going to take convincing.

    I can't really say that "Wolverine" was any better than "Star Trek". But at least I wasn't shaking my head during "Wolverine" wondering why they were doing some of the things they were doing in the script.

    6 years agoby @editboyFlag

  14. T.Clark

    It didn't beat Wolverine's opening weekend, if that's what you're saying FOY.

    I thought it would make more, too. I was anticipating 90 million.

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  15. Structure (ONSTRA)

    REally, only that much,,, I thought it would make much much more then that. COme on, it was a great movie.
    Well at least it broke the opening of x-men.

    6 years agoby @gaj1992Flag



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  17. Brainiac

    i'm actually watching Enterpise on sci-fi or "Syfy" right now, and i literally just thought "this doesn't feel like the other Star Trek tv shows" I think one reason for that is the different uniforms. that one lil change makes a huge difference in perception.

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag

  18. Avian

    HAPPYJACK, Star Trek needed to be rebooted. It was on the verge of death until JJ came along with the new film.

    Last movie was Nemesis, which was boring and uneventful, and the last show was Star Trek: Enterprise, which did not feel like Star Trek.

    6 years agoby @avian005Flag

  19. CB Junior

    Damn, my predicitons were close. I predicted it would make $78 million. Anyway, I was surprised at how good the movie was, because I am not a Trekkie, and I liked it a lot.

    6 years agoby @cbjuniorFlag

  20. T.Clark

    For the people who think Wolverine was fantastic, this is why it will forever remain an "okay" film, and to some, one of the biggest pieces of sh*t they've ever seen:

    -Bad pacing. Just one thing after the other that doesn't account for sh*t. They didn't develop the story just like they didn't develop the characters. Right when you think you might like a character, they get killed.
    -Obvious CGI. Wolverine's claws looked far more real in the X-Men movies. I almost gagged when Wolverine pops his claws in the was atrocious. Other bad effects include any aircraft and the helicopter explosion as Wolverine is walking away
    -Deadpool...isn't Deadpool. They only refer to him as Deadpool in a metaphorical way like a "pool" of mutant abilities...alright, cool concept. But don't f*ck up an anticipated character to make it happen.
    -Multiple endings that not everybody sees. What kind of bullsh*t was this? I hope movies aren't going down this path.

    It was an okay movie in my eyes, but disappointing, too. It wasn't gritty enough to be called a Wolverine movie and I felt Fox forced a more kid friendly approach

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag



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  22. Brainiac


    the second one Wrath of Khan, is better though? is that right, cuz i've never seen anything of the original Star Trek, just Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, and not even all of those just decent amounts

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag



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  24. Brainiac

    haha alright, can i also ask y the caps?

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag



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  26. Brainiac

    hey just wondering, was the original Star Trek the Motion Picture any good, cuz i tried watching it last night and got 40 minutes in an nothing had happened at all yet, they spent like 5 whole minutes just flying around the Enterprise with Kirk and Scottie on the outside in a small ship and i just got way too bored.

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag

  27. Raoul Duke

    Awesome movie, but it will never beat Wrath of Kahn, or even Search for Spock for that matter. Glad it made some scrills though. Definitely deserved it.

    6 years agoby @raoulduke33Flag



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  29. Brainiac

    Space101 by "it stuck by the story as it was originally planned" by story do u mean script? cuz sure idk for sure but i bet Wolverine at least stuck to its own script. but if by story u mean the comics then no way, and they glossed over wut i was most excited for, but also knew wouldn't actually be in the film, the war sequences.

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag

  30. Brainiac

    GOT TO DISAGREE, WITH ALL OF YOUR COMMENT HAPPYJACK. To me this felt like a Star Trek film, not an imitation or anything like that, just am amped up more exciting and fun Star Trek. is that wut was wrong, that it was fun? The only Star Trek that i think this wasn't better than (movies that is) is First Contact, that movie still rocks.

    I read on another site that they believe the reason this didn't do better is the same reason Batman Begins didn't do better. After Forever and Batman & Robin, ppl were unsure if Begins would be good so they didn't see it, then it was awesome so they knew that Dark Knight would be awesome and that is y Dark Knight did SO good. they anticipate the same thing with Star Trek now, that last movies were lackluster so ppl were weary bout this one, now that this one is awesome and most ppl like it, the next one is expected to do way better.

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag

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