'Nemesis' Struggles On Opening DayBy Caillan
December 15, 2002 - 4:51 PM
'Star Trek Nemesis' opened weakly on Friday, with initial estimates placing the first day's takings at less than 8 million dollars even though the film occupied the number one position at the box office.
According to daily figures posted at Box Office Mojo, the film grossed $7,675,000 on its opening day. With 'Nemesis' showing at 2,711 theatres, this represents average takings of $2,831 per theatre.
'Maid In Manhattan,' starring Jennifer Lopez, was number two, raking in $6,575,000 across 2,838 theatres. The day's other openers were 'Drumline' ($4,125,000) and 'The Hot Chick' ($2,600,000). Competition for 'Nemesis' will mount in the forthcoming week, with 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' set to open on December 18.
Although confirmed figures will not be available until Monday, the current estimates are even lower than 'Insurrection's' 1998 first-day total of $9,020,000. 'Insurrection' went on to gross just over $22 million on its opening weekend, while 'First Contact' raked in more than $30 million.
As they stand at the moment, Trek X's first day takings pale in comparison to big holiday releases such as 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,' which scooped almost $30 million on its opening day, and 'Die Another Day,' which took over $16 million. 'The Santa Clause 2' had similar first-day figures to 'Nemesis' ($7.5 million) and went on to take $29 million over its opening weekend, but the Tim Allen comedy sequel was showing at 639 more theatres than the latest Trek feature.
Please note once again that these box office figures are only preliminary at this stage and are subject to change. Official box office takings will be released on Monday. The original information is available here at Box Office Mojo. Thanks to Jose Gonzalez, Andy Golodny and 'Flake' for this!