This week, instead of “Wrap-Up Report”, we should have titled this column the “Warp-Up Report”. I mean, really, there’s only one film to talk about, isn’t there?
Last Friday, our esteemed Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, threw down the gauntlet, decreeing that the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise would beam up $90 million of box office revenue. Today, I get to sit in the catbird’s seat and reflect on his predictions alongside the actual numbers. It’s an easy job.
Did J.J. Abrams’ second stab at Trek beam up the goods? How did Iron Man 3 fare? And what did the classic The Great Gatsby garner from the movie-going public?
Find out after the jump!
Looking at the numbers, I’d have to say that, to a certain extent, Star Trek: Into Darkness underperformed at the box office this weekend, raking in only $84.1 million –below the expected $90 million and the studio-hopes of a $100 weekend. Of course, $84.1 is still a lot of frickin’ quatloos, isn’t it? It’s enough that you can bet there will be a third film.
Audiences seem a bit polarized on this film. Some are loving the action, the special effects and the characterizations – but pundits haven’t been so positive. You can bet the attributes of Star Trek: Into Darkness will be debated ad nausea over the days to come. As a matter of fact, check this very website out for our special ST: Into Darkness Biff Bam PopCast wherein our likely panel will be talking about exactly that! It will definitely be interesting to see how this movie fares amidst some stiff competition and not-so-positive word of mouth over the coming weeks.
In other news, Iron Man 3 continues to pile up the money and more and more speculation turns to whether Robert Downey Jr. will reprise the role of Tony Stark in any future instalment of the character.
And oh yeah. This past weekend, some other movies made some money, too.
So, to recap, here were the predictions:
1) Star Trek: Into Darkness – $90 million
2) Iron Man 3 – $32 million
3) The Great Gatsby – $20 million
4) 42 – $4 million
5) Pain & Gain – $3.5 million
And here’s how the weekend actually turned out:
1) Star Trek: Into Darkness – $84.1 million
2) Iron Man 3 – $35 million
3) The Great Gatsby – $23.4 million
4) Pain & Gain – $3.1 million
5) The Croods – $2.7 million
The summer blockbuster season continues next week with the return of the wolf pack in The Hangover Part III, the wide release of the Fox animated Epic, Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious 6 (holee molee – they’ve made that many?!?) as well as the limited release of the third instalment of everyone’s favourite near-real-time romance in Before Midnight.
Be here at the end of the week to check out our predictions!