‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ grossed just over $85 million at weekend box office knocking Iron Man out of the top spot.
Estimates have confirmed that director J.J. Abrams ‘Star Trek’ sequel was able to dethrone box office juggernaut ‘Iron Man 3’ from the top box office spot here in the US.
The numbers are not as strong as hoped for by Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, and Bad Robot Productions. Those three companies combined to produce and distribute the ‘Star Trek’ sequel which reportedly cost upwards of $180 million to make the film.
‘Into Darkness’ garnered an ‘A’ rating from Cinemascore, which compiles grades for films based on audience exit polling. The strength of the Cinemascore grade would indicate that strong positive word of mouth from audiences will keep ‘Trek’ beaming up ticket sales until ‘Man of Steel’ hits theaters in June.
‘Iron Man 3’ is still the overall box office champ for 2013 so far. The third chapter in the mega-successful series eclipsed total tickets sales in excess of $1 billion dollars so far worldwide.
For ‘Into Darkness’ director J.J. Abrams, sights are set on another ‘Star’ as he begins to coordinate production on Episode VII of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.
With a release date set for sometime in 2015, very few details are currently known about Abrams’ other star-set franchise.
What is known is that starts from the original films will be reprising their roles from the groundbreaking and immensely popular sci-fi fantasy saga.
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher have independently confirmed participation in the new film, although to what extent the characters of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia will be featured is unknown.