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Movie and TV Bites: John Woo’s Red Cliff Headed To Theaters This Fall, Transformers Soundtrack News, Star Trek Writers Discuss Controversial Script Decisions + more

  • primeval-051509Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights Primeval, the ITV series that also airs in the U.S. on BBC America and the SCI FI Channel. The deal is said to be in the high-six-figure range. [Variety]
  • Halcyon Co. co-founders and co-CEOs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson will adapt Philip K. Dick’s 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. []
  • Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman reveal what they say are their most controversial script decisions and why they made them in a new interview with MTV.
  • 20th Century Fox has chosen McDonald’s as their major promotional partner for several of the studios films on tap through 2010.  The promotion begins with Night at the Museum (May, 22, 2009) and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (July 1, 2009). [Variety]
  • Stan Bush, who created the song “The Touch” for the original animated Transformers movie, has remade the song in hopes of getting on the soundtrack for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  Watch the video below: [TFW2005]

Check out nine more bites, including a teaser trailer for Linkin Park’s new song, “New Divide” from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen after the jump. Continue reading Movie and TV Bites: John Woo’s Red Cliff Headed To Theaters This Fall, Transformers Soundtrack News, Star Trek Writers Discuss Controversial Script Decisions + more

Details of Proposed Shatner Cameo Scene in Star Trek Revealed

Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have recently opened up on the proposed scene that wrote to fit William Shatner’s Kirk into Star Trek. Here’s a video of the writing duo explaining the scene to MTV:

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Star Trek Opening Weekend: $79.2M (Thur: $4M, Fri: $26.89M, Sat: $27.25M, Sun: $21.06M) + $35.5M Foreign [CONTINUALLY UPDATED]


UPDATE: 5/11/2009 4:30PM

Here are the finals, courtesy Box Office Mojo:

  • Thur: 4.00M (4.00M cume)
  • Fri: $26.89M (30.89M)
  • Sat: $27.25M ($58.14M)
  • Sun: $21.06M ($79.20M)

So that’s $75.20M for Fri-Sat-Sun and $79.20M including Thursday.  Add-in the estimated $35.5M from foreign box office, and the film is currently at $114.7M worldwide.

UPDATE: 5/11/2009 3:20PM

Nikki Finke updated her article to write that Star Trek‘s actuals out-performed the studio estimates, due to a much stronger than expected Sunday performance of $21.2M.  Overall, the film took in $79.3M from Thur-Sun.  As soon as the official breakdowns for the weekend are released, I’ll update again.

UPDATE: 5/10/2009 11:30PM

Before I get to the international numbers, which are out now, I want to touch on an aspect of the IMAX numbers, which I overlooked earlier today.  The $8.3M figure is actually the most-ever for the format, well ahead of the previous high of $6.3M by The Dark Knight.  That’s very important to note and shouldn’t have missed that.

Alirght, now onto the international numbers.  Unfortunately, unlike the domestic figures, these numbers aren’t that impressive.  It pulled in what Variety calls “a solid rather than spectacular” $35.5 million in 54 markets. While that was enough to win the international crown for the week, it placed first in just 23 of those markets and just barely was ahead of ‘Wolverine’, which grabbed $29.7 million (albeit ‘Wolverine’ played in more markets — 102 vs. 54 — and more playdates — 8,978 vs. >5,000 — than Star Trek, but still).

So through 3.5 days at the box office, Star Trek sits at $112 million worldwide.

While the foreign receipts are low in relation to what it has done domestically, Paramount notes that the film still came in at 3% ahead of the 2005 re-invetion Batman Begins, and that film finished with $167 million in foreign receipts.  Star Trek is also far exceeding international numbers from previous films in the franchise, especially 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis which only managed $24.1 million total in overseas box office receipts.

UPDATE: 5/10/2009 1:45PM

The studio estimates are out, and it’s looking even better than expected. Star Trek took in an estimated $76.5M over the four day frame.  Pulling in $72.5M Fri-Sat-Sun, plus $4M from the Thursday night showings.  Here’s the break down:

  • Thur: $4M
  • Fri: $26.8M
  • Sat: $27.4M
  • Sun:  $18.3M (projection)

While a 2% bump from Friday to Saturday isn’t uncommon, it is significant that the film did not lose any audience on Saturday, indicating that it’s reaching more than just the hard core fan base.

Previous updates follow below the fold. Continue reading Star Trek Opening Weekend: $79.2M (Thur: $4M, Fri: $26.89M, Sat: $27.25M, Sun: $21.06M) + $35.5M Foreign [CONTINUALLY UPDATED]

Star Trek Takes In $7 Million on Thursday: $70-75M Weekend Expected

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 […]

Sequel Talk With Star Trek Crew

In a new interview with, Star Trek screenwriters Alex Kurzman and Roberto Orci, and producer Damon Lindelof discussed the proposed sequel (for which all three are signed for script duties).  Here are some highlights from the interview:

CS: Are you thinking about a sequel?

Lindelof: Alex, Bob and I […]

New Star Trek Clip

startrekclip-042909Tonight’s episode of Lost featured an exclusive clip of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.  The clip features James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) on the ice planet being chased by a very large creature.  Watch the clip after the jump. Continue reading New Star Trek Clip

Star Trek IMAX Trailer + Theater Listings

startrekimaxlogo-042809IMAX has released the official trailer for Star Trek in IMAX.  Watch it, plus check out a full list of all the IMAX theaters that will be running the film, after the jump.

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009. Continue reading Star Trek IMAX Trailer + Theater Listings

New Terminator Salvation and Star Trek TV Spots

startrek-042809Both Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. have released three new TV spots for their respective upcoming May pics: Star Trek and Terminator Salvation.  Check out all six spots after the jump.

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009, while Terminator Salvation hits theaters 13 days later on Thursday, May 21, 2009. Continue reading New Terminator Salvation and Star Trek TV Spots

10 New Star Trek Photos

startrek-2-042409Paramount Pictures has officially released 10 new photos from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.  Additionally, the official website has been updated with five more dossier files.  Check those out at this link.  And click through the jump to check out the other nine photos.

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009, with early 7:00pm screenings beginning on May 7, 2009. Continue reading 10 New Star Trek Photos

Star Trek Creature Artwork

The latest issue of WiReD Magazine — guest edited by Star Trek director J.J. Abrams — features a section from creature designer Neville Page who talks about how he creates monsters on film.  There’s also some artwork of the snow-planet creature from Star Trek (pictured above).  Head on over to the site […]

Star Trek Tickets Now On Sale + Two New TV Spots

Paramount Pictures has announced that as of this past Thursday, pre-sale tickets for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek have gone on sale at most major theater chains. Read the full press release after the jump. Additionally, Paramount has released two new TV spots for the May 8th film, check those out after the jump as well. Continue reading Star Trek Tickets Now On Sale + Two New TV Spots

Star Trek Opening One Day Earlier on May 7th

According to, Paramount Pictures is moving up the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek to May 7th.  Screenings of the film will begin at 7:00pm across the nation.