Therin of Andor wrote:
If anything, it will be the opposite. I think years from now STID will be viewed as mediocre, or in the bottom tier as far as Trek movies go.
When you rank all 12 ST movies for inflation-adjusted box office success/failure, "The Final Frontier", "Insurrection" and "Nemesis" always hover near the bottom. Similarly, they are usually at the bottom for popularity and professional critiques. I can't see how a film from the very top will end up at the bottom - neither this week nor in a decade's time.
STiD might be "mediocre" one day
- if the next 12 films are all superior to it.
ST:TMP is probably the film that has grown on people over time. Many fans now express less dissatisfaction
with it than they had on opening night, but it's always been ranked highly for inflation-adjusted box office success. And its Special Longer Edition, and its Director's Edition, won the film two waves of new appreciation.
FC is probably the most comparable IMO; A movie that did well during its time, was generally liked, but I think is now considered just "meh" by most people these days.
I don't think STID will be remembered much by the general public. For the OP to suggest that it will be remembered like ESB is kind of ridiculous. It was just a generic summer film.
I think TWOK, and to a lesser extent TVH are the only Treks that have ever had a lasting impact in pop culture.