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Star Trek Into Darkness Opens Strong

Posted by T'Bonz - 13/05/13 at 01:05 pm


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Opening Star Trek into Darkness abroad first has proven to be a winning strategy for Paramount.

The film opened in seven international markets, including the U.K., Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland (German-speaking section of the country), and Ireland.

$31.7 million has been earned from the overseas release, with the U.K., Australia, and Germany already fifty-six percent ahead of the Star Trek (2009) figures.

In Mexico, New Zealand, and German-speaking Switzerland, the earnings are two-hundred-and-fifty percent ahead of the 2009 Trek earnings. Mexico took in triple what it did in 2009.

“That’s what we were really for. Mexico is a great barometer,” said Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore. “The first movie certainly laid the groundwork for anyone who is a Star Trek fan. We want this film to cross over and create new fans.”

2009′s Star Trek movie grossed $257.7 in North America, and $128 million overseas.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  • SJStar

    Looks like all the comments I’ve made on this issue of not releasing this in America first was absolutely true. It is also due to the who is financing / backing the movie, which is more and more by foreign interests. It proves that the global market is now more important than just the US market, and that profits rules over the fandom.

    It is the reverse of the policy when the released “The Great Gatsby”, which was shown in America one month before Australia and other places.

  • Milojthatch

    All this means is that the curse of JJ-Trek is still going to continue. Nothing for REAL fans to see here!

  • James

    Excellent news! This increases the chance that we’ll get a new TV show. I liked the 2009 movie – it honoured the spirit of the original series, which was quite different to the TNG asthetic.

  • SJStar

    BS. Any Trek is better than no Trek at all. JJ got the balance right, and has made at least an entertaining movie.

    Fools like you will denigrate anything and everything, being stuck in some fanciful fiction of what Trek should or shouldn’t be. Clearly, this is “Not a REAL fan here!”

  • I.Am.Better.

    You clearly haven’t seen the 2013 movie. I’m in the U.K. and to my horror I have.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    Excuse me. I do hope you are not saying that I am not a real fan for enjoying ST XI (2009) aka JJTrek Mk 1.
    That said, while I have a deep disgust for some key choices that were made for this film, I do hold out hope that one day JJ will wake up and ditch his pet writermonkeys and allow a real screenwriter to bring things back on track.
    Then again I also hope a lot of foolish things such as peace in our time, a sane and honest government, and a blow job from Salma Hayek.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    I have to agree with both you and I.Am.Better here. I liked the 2009 movie, hope that the films’ success willbring Trek back to the small screen, and am absolutely disgusted with the cheap, lazy, stupid ripoff fanwank that is STID.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    I have no problems with it. Firstly, the film has achieved great international success, bringing Trek to a wider audience and proving its viability as a worldwide franchise. Secondly, it’s allowed me to find out beforehand that I would rather have a hot wax enema than see this film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.rye.1441 James Rye

    I cant articulate how excited I am about going to see the new Trek film this weekend!

    For those who are interested in reading film reviews, I have been reviewing all the previous Trek movies on my blog. Check out my ST:09 review here:

    http://ryesofthegeek.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ireland914 Daniel Ireland

    Me too! I’ll check those reviews out as well :)

  • Mike

    The movie may earn money, but it didn’t earn the character and drama beats that it used. As much as they want to pretend that going into an alternate universe freed them to tell stories, all they continue to do is retread well worn ground (and not nearly as well), and rely on the sentiment of THOSE characters, not the people they are now. When a certain beat happens in this movie that, quite literally, matches with a beat in TWOK, it’s entirely unearned by the characters and their circumstances… which is also why they needed that cameo in exactly that place. These characters are hollow shells of the ones we actually care about and are the ones we still care about… these people as these characters are only placeholders for our sentiment and the characters that were actually wrought over the last 4 decades. All of which proves the conceit of being freed to do something else a total lie and fallacy. If they were free to do whatever, we wouldn’t have gotten a half baked retread that wasn’t a third as good, and didn’t earn (on its own) any of the emotional beats it tried to force on us. Darkness, indeed.