Lower budget for sure next time.
I don't know, Paramount may be in this for the long haul.
There were reports that FX paid 12% of the gross for the basic cable rights to Star Trek 2009
(in the U.S.), if that figure holds for Into Darkness
that will add another $50 million to Paramount's coffers. When you factor in International broadcast rights, premium cable rights and home-video distribution this movie may end up in the $600-650 million dollar range. Not The Avengers
territory but it'll make a very healthy profit for the studio.