B.O. Roundup, May 17-19: 'Star Trek' Beams Up to First Place

Sunday, 19 May 2013 10:50 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, May 17-19: 'Star Trek' Beams Up to First Place

The estimates are in, and you can tell it's the summer blockbuster season when a haul of more than $80 million over three days is considered a slight bummer.

As the only wide release over the weekend, there was never any doubt that Star Trek Into Darkness would open in first place by a wide margin.  And that's just how things shook out, with strong holdover performances from Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby contributing to a weekend that was up 10% from the same weekend a year ago, when audiences scratched their heads at Battleship.

Playing at 3,868 theaters nationwide, the follow-up to 2009's sexier, more action-oriented Star Trek reboot earned an estimated $70.55 million over the weekend proper.  Paramount rolled the sequel out at 336 IMAX 3D locations on Wednesday night, however, and kicked off regular 2D and 3D screenings on Thursday.  So its four-day total stands at an estimated $84.09 million.

Going in to the weekend, Paramount Pictures was predicting a $100 million four-day haul for the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel, so that $84.0 million is something of a disappointment for the studio.  The costlier sequel to a popular cleaning of the franchise slate is currently trailing its predecessor by hair in both the weekend and four-day categories.  That's even with the addition of a 3D surcharge and four years of audience anticipation.

But Saturday saw a big jump in attendance, indicating that word of mouth has been and will continue to be kind to Star Trek Into Darkness.  The film also earned exceedingly positive critical notices, and audiences gave the film an average A CinemaScore exit poll, so the spacefaring action adventure should hold up well against the upcoming event movies.  And internationally, the sequel is stronger than Star Trek so far, and that's where the money is these days.

Just ask Iron Man 3, which added an estimated $35.1 million for a domestic total of $337.0 million.  Nothing to sneeze at; the biggest domestic performance of the year so far by almost $100 million.  Internationally, though Marvel Studios' latest has earned $698.9 million.  During the week, the latest adventure of Tony Stark crossed the $1 billion mark globally, putting it at number nine on the list of all-time worldwide performers.

Anyways, here are the top ten movies in America for the weekend of May 17th through 19th:

1. Star Trek Into Darkness                   $70.5 million               $84.0 million

2. Iron Man 3                                         $35.1 million              $337.0 million

3. The Great Gatsby                              $23.4 million              $90.1 million

4. Pain & Gain                                        $3.1 million                $46.5 million

5. The Croods                                        $2.7 million                $176.7 million

6. 42                                                       $2.7 million                $88.7 million

7. Oblivion                                             $2.2 million                $85.5 million

8. Mud                                                    $2.1 million                $11.5 million

9. Peeples                                             $2.1 million                $7.8 million

This week, The Hangover Part III drops on Thursday, with both Fast & Furious 6 and Epic joining the blockbuster fray on Friday. 

Which will emerge atop the box office heap?

10. The Big Wedding                             $1.1 million              $20.1 million

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