'Trek' on track for big bow

Friday haul may foretell weekend total in $65-75 mil range

It looks like "Star Trek" might very well live long and prosper at the multiplexes.

Paramount's well-reviewed prequel to the studio's long-running film space-exploration franchise, "Trek" registered an impressive $31 million in estimated domestic boxoffice over a stretched first day of release. The figure includes $7 million in grosses from Thursday night showtimes, which Paramount intends to list as Friday coin in official final data.

The big start to the weekend would seem to keep "Trek" on track for a bow of somewhere between $65 million to $75 million, or dead center in the unually broad range of industry forecasts that circulated prior to the film's release. But one big unknown remains: how likely positive word of mouth on "Trek" will impact its grosses over the balance of the weekend.

J.J. Abrams-helmed "Trek" casts Chris Pine as Capt. James Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. Produced for a reported $140 million, the film has Spyglass Entertainment as a 25% equity participant.

Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" ranked second among all Friday grossers with $8.3 million, marking a 76% daily drop from a week-earlier daily tally fattened by almost $5 million from midnight performances, The latest grosses yielded a $110.9 million cume as the "X-Men" spinoff began just its second frame in release.

Warner Bros.' "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" was third on the day with $3.1 million -- a modest 46% fall from its first Friday's grosses -- shaping a $22.9 million cume at the start of its sophomore session.

Sony's Beyonce Knowles-toplined "Obsessed" finished fourth of the first day of its third weekend with roughly $2 million, as its cume approached $52 million.

Summit Entertainment's urban-targeting actioner "Next Day Air" rung up a fifth-best $1.4 million over its first day in release on Friday. The Mos Def starrer is expected to ring up a sum in the single-digit millions through Sunday.
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