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Old May 18 2013, 02:59 AM   #226
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Re: STID "tracking" for $85-90 million opening [U.S. box office]

Trek films have often succeeded in appealing to the masses, at least in the domestic market. The first four films ranked #5 in 1979, #6 in 1982, #9 in 1984, and #5 in 1986 in the year-end domestic box office charts, while Star Trek ranked #7 in 2009 (the intervening films, made while there was an ever-increasing amount of new Trek available on television, ranked outside the Top 10 of their respective years). You don't achieve a Top 10 box office ranking for the year without significant mass appeal, even if it's not up there with the uber-successful franchises that score truly astonishing grosses.
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Old May 18 2013, 02:59 AM   #227
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Superhero stuff is just much more accessible. I wish it weren't so, but it is.
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Old May 18 2013, 03:00 AM   #228
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Out Of My Vulcan Mind wrote: View Post
Trek films have often succeeded in appealing to the masses, at least in the domestic market. The first four films ranked #5 in 1979, #6 in 1982, #9 in 1984, and #5 in 1986 in the year-end domestic box office charts, while Star Trek ranked #7 in 2009 (the intervening films, made while there was an ever-increasing amount of new Trek available on television, ranked outside the Top 10 of their respective years). You don't achieve a Top 10 box office ranking for the year without significant mass appeal, even if its not up there with the uber-successful franchises that score truly astonishing grosses.
That said, this is indeed true!
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Old May 18 2013, 03:10 AM   #229
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There are conflicting reports now. Box Office Guru said this via Twitter:

Sources tell me #StarTrek on course to reach $21-23M FRI. That may put WED-SUN opening in $80-90M range.Expected more.
And Nikki Finke posted this:

FRIDAY 6:30 PM, 4TH UPDATE: No significant changes in numbers yet.
Hopefully the latter is correct!
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Very very disappointing if true, a lot of predictions seemed to put it at 100m-110m now we're hoping it just beats 09.
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Old May 18 2013, 03:15 AM   #231
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Quite disappointing I was hoping for a sequel. I won't give up just yet, but why so low? I think they may have just waited too long. The momentum from 09 may have worn off, among the non Trekkies.
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Old May 18 2013, 03:18 AM   #232
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Superheroes seem to be all the rage. Sci fi has not been huge, as of late. Prometheus did OK, but not amazingly, at only 400 mil worldwide. (As compared to the billions that blockbusters make nowadays) I was hoping that STID and SW Episode VII would kick start a new golden age for sci fi.
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Old May 18 2013, 03:19 AM   #233
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Quite disappointing I was hoping for a sequel. I won't give up just yet, but why so low? I think they may have just waited too long. The momentum from 09 may have worn off, among the non Trekkies.
Might've been a mistake with the John Harrison stuff instead of just saying he is Khan? 4 year wait?

And Star Trek might've hit the ceiling, it's not a market for sci-fi adventures atm. Oblivion, John Carter, Prometheus all flopped or came under expectations. I mean outside of Star Trek 09, how many sci-fi movies in space have done that well?
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Old May 18 2013, 03:20 AM   #234
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Quite disappointing I was hoping for a sequel. I won't give up just yet, but why so low? I think they may have just waited too long. The momentum from 09 may have worn off, among the non Trekkies.
09 did well because of WOM so we'll have to wait though 2009 Box office seems less busy than 13's IMO? Iron Man 3 is a killer when last time 09 had Wolverine Origins.
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Re: STID "tracking" for $85-90 million opening [U.S. box office]

More from Box Office Guru on twitter:

If #IntoDarkness stays on current course, 1st 4days will be even w/ last Trek's. Shocking given 3D & aud love for last pic.
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Old May 18 2013, 03:21 AM   #236
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Re: STID "tracking" for $85-90 million opening [U.S. box office]

In the U.S., things are just starting. I won't even pay attention until Monday, when we'll know the weekend totals here in the states. That will give a better indicator of how things will move forward. My hope is that STiD breaks another high sales Trek record.
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Re: STID "tracking" for $85-90 million opening [U.S. box office]

Well, maybe you're right, J. Allen, but these are fairly reputable sources keen on up-to-the-hour ticket sales information on the most important day for the movie we're quoting here.
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Old May 18 2013, 03:24 AM   #238
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They should have played up the Khan angle in the marketing. Why create this John Harrison alias? Isn't Khan going to get bums in seats? Why have him, if you're not going to market it?
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Re: STID "tracking" for $85-90 million opening [U.S. box office]

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Well, maybe you're right, J. Allen, but these are fairly reputable sources keen on up-to-the-hour ticket sales information on the most important day for the movie we're quoting here.
I'm always right as long as no one asks any follow-ups whatsoever at any time.

To be fair, I think there might be some confusion for folks. Before I saw the movie on the 16th, I had to ask around to make sure that was the correct date, because some people in the U.S. saw it on the 15th, some on the 16th, but the release date on all of the U.S. posters is the 17th.

That's why I'm not too concerned, and am interested in Monday's numbers, which will give us a nice view of how the weekend went.
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Indeed, indeed. Hoping for the best, but hell, even if domestic numbers mirror the last flick's, stronger international sales are something to be happy with.
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