Saturday was not a great day for the “Trek” franchise, as box office estimates from Friday were lowered, and scaled back expectations Saturday — a $62 million or so weekend,
$75 $83 million since late Wednesday.
Those $100 million predictions and estimates, which still pointed to a lower turnout than the first film earned four years ago (IMAX and 3D add-ons inflated the take) have gone by the board. This is a 25% plunge, and a serious disappointment to Paramount, to be sure. Perhaps audiences are fatigued, or the buzz on the picture does not reflect the overpraise of too many reviewers.
It’s not as good as the first film, as I said. But audiences are giving it an “A” Cinemascore.
Overseas, “Gatsby” is king. It came in third in the US this weekend, clearing the $90 million mark domestic as it did.