Technically, Star Trek catapulted into movie theaters on Thursday night. The last Star Trek flick was released in 2002 earned $43.3 million in ninety-one days in theaters compared to the blockbuster three day opening here in 2009.
Hugh Jackman's flick, Wolverine, although in second place right now, still had a stronger opening weekend at $85.1 million last weekend. Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey's so-so romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past continued to capitalize on the lack of romantic fare at the movies with its $10.4 million take. Zac Efron, not to be out performed by older, also-hot male stars, pulled in another $4.4 million for his 17 Again to land in fifth place.
Industry experts are no doubt banking on the Star Trek franchise to spread into other demographics such as women and the teen market. It'll compete next week with Tom Hanks' new flick, Angels & Demons, a sequel to The Da Vinci Code. Although that target audience is a lot older and isn't exactly sci fi (or is it?).
In any event, Trekkies and newbies alike are flocking to theaters to get their 2009 Star Trek game on. The box office top 5:
1. Star Trek ($72.5 million)
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($27 million)
3. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past ($10.4 million)
4. Obsessed ($6.6 million)
5. 17 Again ($4.4 million)
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