Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond didn’t quite reach the heights of the last two films in the series, but it held on very well considering the negative reaction Star Trek Into Darkness met in 2012. It also easily beat the other two films opening in theaters this weekend, New Line/Warner Bros.’ low-budget Lights Out and 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift.
‘Star Trek Beyond’ Has Third-Best Launch of the Series
The Star Trek franchise is in its 50th year and it’s been 37 years since the first Trek film opened. It’s still going strong and Star Trek Beyond held on much better than other sequels have this year. According to early estimates from The Hollywood Reporter, Beyond launched with $59.6 million. That’s only 14 percent less than Into Darkness‘ $70.2 million launch in 2012. Star Trek (2009) still has the best opening in the series with $75.2 million.
The 2009 film finished its box office run with $385.7 million worldwide. Into Darkness did even better worldwide, with $385.7 million. Beyond could have legs, especially thanks to the fantastic critical response it has received. It’s the first film in the series directed by Justin Lin.
The Love for ‘Ice Age’ Thaws, as ‘Lights Out’ Has Stunning Debut
While Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets have been big animation hits this summer, Ice Age: Collision Course was a total disaster. The 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios film made just $21 million, according to projections from Box Office Mojo. The film cost $105 million to make.
In reality, the Ice Age films aren’t made to be hits in North America. While it certainly would be helpful for Fox if American audiences turned out, the movie has already grossed $134.9 million from foreign territories. The previous film in the series, 20120’s Continental Drift, only grossed $161.3 million in North America, but a whopping $715.9 million overseas.
Lights Out, a cheap horror film from Warner Bros.’ New Line that stars Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello, earned $21.6 million. It only cost $15 million to make.
Also of note, Ghostbusters took a tumble, only making $21.6 million in its second week.
Here’s the full Top 10 (Estimates):
|Star Trek Beyond (Paramount)||$59.6 million|
|The Secret Life of Pets (Universal)||$29.3 million|
|Ghostbusters (Sony)||$21.6 million|
|Lights Out (Warner Bros.)||$21.6 million|
|Ice Age: Collision Course (20th Century Fox)||$21 million|
|Finding Dory (Disney)||$7.2 million|
|The Legend of Tarzan (Warner Bros.)||$6.4 million|
|Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (20th Century Fox)||$4.4 million|
|Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (Quality Flix)||$3.7 million|
|The Infiltrator (Broad Green)||$3.3 million|