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Box Office: STAR TREK BEYOND hits warp speed with $59m opening

Source: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Debuts at #1, ‘Lights Out’ Opens Strong and ‘Ice Age 5’ Bombs (BoxOfficeMojo.com)

Star Trek Beyond was the  #1 film for the weekend with an estimated $59.6 million opening, but that’s a 15% drop compared to the $70.1 million opening for Star Trek Into Darkness, and that’s not including the $13.5 million it carried into the weekend after opening on a Thursday.

As for projecting an overall domestic performance, Star Trek Beyond is probably looking at a domestic haul around $180-190 million, a continued decline when compared to the $228.7 million Into Darkness delivered and $257.7 million 2009’s Trek took in domestically. However, given Beyond’s $185 million budget, all eyes will now turn toward the film’s international performance.

In the UK it opened at #2 with an estimated $6.1 million, which is 15% below Star Trek and 37% below Into Darkness. In Germany the film opened in first with $4.5 million, 31% above Star Trek and 29% below Into Darkness and in Russia it opened #1 with $3.3 million, a 240% improvement over Star Trek and 13% above Into Darkness. It opened with $3 million in Australia as well as with $1 million in Taiwan, $932,000 in Italy, $912,000 in Thailand and $766,000 in Philippines. Upcoming key releases include France and Korea on August 18, Spain (Aug 19), Brazil (Sep 1), China and Mexico on September 2 and Japan on October 21.

Taking second this weekend was Illumination and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets with an estimated $29.3 million, a strong third weekend performance as the film has now grossed over $260 million domestically. The 42% drop for the animated feature, along with the estimated $7.2 million for Finding Dory, as it became the ninth highest grossing domestic release of all-time, all took a chunk out of the debut of Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course, which could only muster a $21 million opening and a fifth place finish for the weekend. Until now, no Ice Age film had opened with less than $41 million and the $21 million debut for the latest feature is a 55% drop compared to the $46.6 million opening for Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012.

Ice Age: Collision Course, however, is more of an international play than domestic as it has now grossed over $178 million overseas after opening in seven markets in early July. The film is now playing in 60 markets and still has 17 releases yet to come, including Italy (8/22) and China (8/23). It’s also of note the Ice Age franchise is now the biggest animated franchise globally, grossing over $3 billion at the worldwide box office.

Getting back to the domestic charts, topping the fifth Ice Age installment this weekend with a stellar debut performance is the James Wan-produced PG-13 thriller Lights Out, which brought in an estimated $21.6 million after scoring well with critics and earning a “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The film’s demographic breakdown was almost in complete contrast to Star Trek Beyond with males making up 46% of the audience versus 54% female and 74% of the audience was under the age of 35. Depending on how it holds on, its domestic run should end up around $50-55 million.

Finishing in what is currently a tie for third place with Lights Out was Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot, which dropped 53% for an estimated $21.6 million. The drop is just a step above the 51.4% average when you compare to other films that had similar opening weekends and also scored a “B+” CinemaScore, but for director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy this is a much larger drop than they are used to. The duo’s three previous films together saw an average 34.4% second weekend drop. Ghostbusters carries a $144 million budget and has grossed $86.8 million so far domestically and just over $120 million worldwide.

Finishing outside the top ten we find CineGalaxy’s release of Kabali, which entered the weekend with $1.9 million from Thursday alone and ended up adding an estimated $2.15 million from 236 theaters for a 13th place finish over the weekend. The film’s four-day cume stands at just over $4 million.

Next weekend sees the release of Jason Bourne into more than 3,900 theaters, the R-rated comedy Bad Momsfrom STX will debut in approximately 3,000 theaters and Lionsgate will debut Nerve on Wednesday in approximately 2,600 theaters.

This article was taken from BoxOfficeMojo without prior permission.

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