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Landing at the North American box office, summer tentpole Star Trek Into Darkness grossed a tepid $3.3 million in Wednesday night and midnight runs.
From Paramount and Skydance, J.J. Abrams‘ sequel made most of its money from IMAX runs ($1.3 million). The Thursday night and midnight matched the $3.3 million earned last Thursday evening by The Great Gatsby.
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Based on pre-release tracking, Star Trek Into Darkness is expected post a four-day debut of $100 million, notably ahead of the $75 million opening of Abrams’ Star Trek reboot in 2009.
Paramount and Skydance co-financed the $190 million tentpole, and produced alongside Abrams’ Bad Robot. The movie opened in seven international markets last weekend, grossing $40 million through Wednesday, 70 percent ahead of the 2009 film.
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Star Trek Into Darkness returns Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the roles of Captain James T. Kirk and Spock, respectively. Other returning castmembers include Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Karl Urban.
Bryan Burk produced both films with Abrams, who directed Star Trek Into Darkness from a script by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.
This time, a scheming villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch resorts to terrorism to threaten Earth.
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