There had been virtually unanimous predictions that Star Trek Into Darkness would debut with the biggest opening ever for the Paramount franchise -- at least $80 million for the three-day weekend and $100 million for the four-day holiday. It didn't happen. Paramount now expects the movie to earn $70.5 million for the weekend and $84 million for the holiday. That would be significantly below the $75 million that the last Star Trek installment earned in 2009. The latest result is particularly disappointing given the fact that $13.5 million of that total came from IMAX screenings and another significant chunk came from 3D surcharges. Clearly the number of tickets sold for the latest voyage of the starship Enterprise fell far short of those sold for the 2009 trek. Offsetting the domestic disappointment, however, is word that in its second week overseas, the latest sequel collected $40 million, bringing its foreign gross to $75 million. It now appears certain that the film will perform far ahead of its overseas showing four years ago. In second place at the domestic box office this weekend was Iron Man 3, which dropped a moderate 51 percent to $35 million, bringing its domestic total to $337 million and putting it into the company of the top-25 all-time domestic box office champs. In third place, The Great Gatsby pulled in $23.4 million, down 53 percent from last weekend, to bring its two-week gross to $90.2 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Star Trek: Into Darkness, $70.6 million; 2. Iron Man 3, $35.2 million; 3. The Great Gatsby, $23.4 million; 4. Pain and Gain, $3.1 million; 5. The Croods, $2.75 million; 6. 42, $2.73 million; 7. Oblivion, $2.2 million; 8. Mud, $2.16 million; 9. Peeples, $2.15 million; 10. The Big Wedding, $1.1 million.