Trek fans were out in force last night as J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek grossed an estimated $7 million from 7:00pm-midnight showings according to Variety. It’s important to note that while that’s a good deal higher than what ‘Wolverine’ grossed last weekend (about $5 million), ‘Wolverine’ didn’t start its run until 12:01am Friday, so Star Trek had five hours extra hours to fit in more screenings despite a lower theater count (3,849 vs. 4,102 for ‘Wolverine’).
Given the franchise’s history and very devoted fan base, it’s incredibly difficult to predict how much it’ll ultimately gross, but it appears that Paramount’s internal expectations of a $50-60 million opening weekend will go beaten, with most now expecting the film to gross in the neighborhood of $70-75 million for the weekend.
The better than expected opening has a lot to do with the movie overcoming high expectations, as well as continued strong words of praise from critics. On that note, over at Rotten Tomatoes Star Trek holds an impressive 96% Fresh rating (although its rating is a bit lower, but still solid, among RT users: 83% and is also lower at other sites such as MetaCritic: 84 and IMDB: 8.4/10).
Saw the movie on Thursday night. Wasn’t blown away like I expected to be (especially after reading many of the glowing reviews)…but it was still very enjoyable. Action was intense, cast was perfect and the special effects were amazing. Perfect summer movie, and a worthy addition to the Star Trek franchise (and successful revival).