According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, the film’s box office take this weekend — which is currently being cited as official numbers from Paramount — proved that “Star Trek” not only attracted those die-hard fans of the beloved TV and film series, but also pulled in healthy numbers of casual viewers who don’t know a Romulan from a Talosian. Clearly, overwhelming critical acclaim coupled with strong word of mouth played a huge role in the film’s success, as the film will easily become the #1 movie in America, and hopefully setting a course for more “Star Trek” films in the future.
As Deadline Hollywood Daily further notes, “Star Trek” has surpassed “Fast & Furious” as the second highest opening of 2009, and soundly distanced itself from this weekend’s second place opener, “Next Day Air,” which landed at #6 on this weekend’s top 10 list with a $4M debut. Meanwhile, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” continues to attract a crowd in its second weekend, coming in second overall with an estimated $27M tally.
Did you catch “Star Trek” this weekend? Are you surprised at the overall weekend numbers? Let’s hear it in the comments.