‘Star Trek’ knocks ‘Pets’ from top of U.S. box office
Paramount’s latest outing with the Starship Enterprise soared to $59.6 million in domestic ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, knocking Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” from the No. 1 spot.
“Pets” fell to second place, adding an additional $29.3 million to its stellar $260 million earnings over the past three weeks.
“Star Trek Beyond” is the third film in the rebooted franchise that kicked off with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.” This latest film opened $20 million behind that 2009 release, but experts say the returns are still considered to be promising for Paramount.
“This is a solid enough debut to tell them there’s still enough interest in ‘Star Trek’ to keep this franchise alive,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker comScore.
“Star Trek Beyond” opened in line with industry expectations, he said, despite the unexpected death last month of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov.
“The Secret Life of Pets” and “Ghostbusters” bested the weekend’s other new releases.
Warner Bros.’ low-budget horror “Lights Out” opened with $21.6 million — more than quadrupling its reported $5 million budget — to tie with “Ghostbusters” for third place.
Fox’s animated “Ice Age: Collision Course” debuted with $21 million. Fox Searchlight’s “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” opened outside the top 10 with $1.8 million.