Will Star Trek Be Successful?

Posted by G-Man (19152 posts) - - Show Bio

The "Summer Movies" have already started with last week's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."  There is a lot of excitement over J.J. Abrams's reboot of the franchise.  With a younger cast and shinier sets, could this movie live up to the expectations of Star Trek fans?  Early reports had Star Trek outselling Wolverine in terms of advanced tickets.  It's clear that the Star Trek fans will be in the theaters starting tonight to either praise the movie or tear it apart.

It may be a great movie.  It sure looks it.  But my question is, will it be "successful"?  In other words, can it be profitable for Paramount?  The movie has a reported budget of $150 million.  The studio has also invested another $150 million into promoting the movie. 

The last movie, "Star Trek: Nemesis" had an opening weekend of $18.5 million.  Ouch.  It's worldwide gross (according to BoxOfficeMojo) is only $67.3 million.   Obviously these are different Star Trek movies.  The current movie will have more appeal to non-Star Trek fans.

Star Trek will also be competing against Wolverine (in his second week of release).  While it's pretty much a sure thing Star Trek will do better than Wolverine this weekend, it could still lose some sales to the furry little guy.  Another key factor on a movie's success are the individual day's ticket sales.  Paramount's decision to premiere the movie five hours earlier will give it a head start from the midnight showings but will also take away from Friday's numbers.

Are you going to see the movie?  When do you plan on seeing it?  Do you think it will have a bigger opening than Wolverine had last weekend ($85 million domestic)?  How long do you think it will take Paramount to recoup their $300 million investment?
#1 Posted by pixelized (62883 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't want to see it, but my mother is a closet fan, but rumor has it it's really good. So maybe it's second week will prove more profitable than it's first. Idk though.

#2 Posted by Hawk (15833 posts) - - Show Bio

I really think Star Trek is going to dominate Wolverine. The leak the mediocre review of Wolverine put a hurting on it. 

#3 Posted by PrinceIMC (5422 posts) - - Show Bio

I dunno about dominate but I think Star Trek could easily be the Iron Man of this summer.

#4 Posted by Decept-O (7372 posts) - - Show Bio

Yup,  ahm a gonna see this one,  fo sho'.   Too bad there won't be any good comic book movies this year unlike last year.  Oh, well. 

#5 Posted by Red L.A.M.P. (2547 posts) - - Show Bio

Star Trek is gonna dominate.  It's going to take lots of money away from Wolverine.

#6 Posted by Korg (11931 posts) - - Show Bio

Is there really any question as to whether Star Trek will be successful? It's going to completely bury Wolverine, and they will recoup costs inside of two weeks.

#7 Posted by Lady Tlieso (10198 posts) - - Show Bio

I really want to see it even more than Wolverine, probably why I havn;t seen wolvie yet. It looks like it;s going to be a really great movie & they have some amazing actors.

#8 Posted by G-Man (19152 posts) - - Show Bio

One reliable source (Deadline Hollywood) puts the prediction at $65 million for the weekend gross.

#9 Posted by csimon (2110 posts) - - Show Bio

i think so. It I say it will be the 1st or 2nd best opening of the year for now

#10 Posted by Deathspark (25 posts) - - Show Bio

My common senses are tingling!!!! and they say YES.

#11 Posted by TOAA (155 posts) - - Show Bio
A prescreening yesterday that I read about had some people there six hours before the movie opened for seating. This movie will be the movie of the year. 
#12 Posted by danhimself (22731 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know if it's going to be the best movie of the summer...remember we still have Transformers 2 coming out....but i do think it will be a really sucessful film

#13 Posted by SuperCoonce (374 posts) - - Show Bio

i think its going to be great -- i can't wait for it to come out!

#14 Posted by Decept-O (7372 posts) - - Show Bio

With Terminator: Salvation also this year, it may be the summer for Sci-Fi instead of superheroes.

#15 Posted by The Psyentist (19123 posts) - - Show Bio

I am DEFINITELY going to see it. I'm excited. This is me excited. Yes.

#16 Posted by The Hunter (7626 posts) - - Show Bio

I just got back from seeing it.... and it was AMAZING!!!

#17 Posted by Kurrent (14073 posts) - - Show Bio


#18 Posted by Korg (11931 posts) - - Show Bio
The Hunter said:
"I just got back from seeing it.... and it was AMAZING!!!"
So, you would say it was successful?
#19 Posted by The Hunter (7626 posts) - - Show Bio
Kurrent said:
Amen and Hallelujah!

Korg said:
"The Hunter said:
"I just got back from seeing it.... and it was AMAZING!!!"
So, you would say it was successful?
Hell yeah.

#20 Posted by mattydeNero (526 posts) - - Show Bio

I saw it tonight.  The film is brilliant.  I always have preferred STAR TREK to STAR WARS.  Like SUPES or BATS.  And the SCIENCE of the film, when J.J. really wanted it there, it was there and made you think afterwards.  I thought the cinematography/visual effects was tremendous and had that "J.J." feel to it.  As you first see the opening, you know it's J.J.'s.  I don't think it will make as much as WOLVERINE did in its opening weekend just because STAR TREK isn't as "household" as it used to be.  In the long run, I think Star Trek's numbers may catch up to Wolverine's. 

Do I think it is going to be successful?  I went with a "novice" and another "novice", and both were "ooh-ing" and "ahh-ing" and "holy s#!%-ing".  This is EXACTLY what they told everyone.  You don't have to be a fan or know anything about the series.  Because THIS FILM is now the series.

#21 Posted by G-Man (19152 posts) - - Show Bio

Keep in mind, by "successful" I don't mean "good."  We're tallking over $300 million to begin with.  Will the sequel happen?  If you see the movie, you'll probably know the answer to that.  We'll have our review Friday.

#22 Posted by lordraiden (7671 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell yeah.  This movie absolutely rocks! Scored two free tickets the other night (Wednesday night, to be precise) and friggen loved it! It was just what it needed.  I thought the characters were spot on, the action was awsome, the resetting/revamp/retconning was very well handled (Guess Spock has some similiarities and something in common with Superman now ;-).  For me, this was outstanding and better than I hoped.  If they're smart, they can do wonders from here and move forward with the kick in the pants it got from this revamp flick.  Visuals were awsome, had some of the oldschool sound effects with the upgraded look but still retro future.  Totally loved it, and Spock, that ole houndog, who'd have thought, him and Uh........

I give this 4.5/5!

#23 Posted by The Devil Tiger (1263 posts) - - Show Bio

You can bet I will see it !
But I will see Wolverine too and don't care about what movie dominae the other.
By the way, I'm very cautious about J.J. 'cause when he's doin' Mission impossible III, he was not really successful, so I reserve my Judgement.

#24 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (27118 posts) - - Show Bio
Lady Tlieso said:
"I really want to see it even more than Wolverine, probably why I havn;t seen wolvie yet. It looks like it;s going to be a really great movie & they have some amazing actors."

this was pretty much what i was going to say ;-)

as a fan, not a trekkie i think it looks awesome, but i can see the Trekkies having issues with it
#25 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

i think it really will be successful

from what i've seen of it so far, it's bringing new life into the Star Trek franchise...

while i am a big Trek fan already, my GF isn't... bu even she's excited about seeing this movie after seeing some of the trailers.

To be honest, i think this movie will attract a lot of new fans as well as a lot of the older ones, it has the 'new life' going for it, but also has recognisable characters and enough backstory / future story to grab everyone

i'll definitely be queuing up to see this one, and will post a full rewiew asap


#26 Posted by captainrage (249 posts) - - Show Bio

It's much better than Wolverine. SO much better.

#27 Posted by EisforExtinction (1863 posts) - - Show Bio

It was really good, like much better than I thought it would be.

#28 Posted by AirDave817 (844 posts) - - Show Bio

It's looking like the soonest I'll get to see it is tomorrow afternoon or tomorrow night, but I'm going to try to get a group together to go see it...In a perfect economy, I would see it three times like I did Iron Man last year if it's outstanding...those days are probably gone forever for good...I have a feeling I will like it and enjoy it. I liked Wolverine, and I wasn't a true, die-hard fan of the character. I've read where some reviewers are comparing it to Raiders of the Lost Ark...

#29 Posted by Media_Master (2189 posts) - - Show Bio

It should be just fine!

#30 Posted by The Hottness (4226 posts) - - Show Bio


#31 Posted by DeadPool a.k.a Wade Wilson (979 posts) - - Show Bio

Went to the screening... i loved it!

#32 Posted by spartan177 (1499 posts) - - Show Bio

Star Trek has a large fanbase already. You have old dudes going, teens who love movies, and a new refreshing look of what space is about. My bets are that it'll crush Wolverine. I hope it does and it should. People will grow interest into Star Trek.

#33 Posted by King Saturn (225645 posts) - - Show Bio
Well seeing it is how long the fu#king lines are at the Theaters... I think the film will do reasonabily well...

#34 Posted by gandalf3219 (183 posts) - - Show Bio

I bet it will be good.Pretty good at best and moderate at worst.

#35 Posted by G-Man (19152 posts) - - Show Bio

$7 million made so far.  Our review is coming very very shortly.


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