“Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $13.5 million during its first day in U.S. theaters Thursday, putting it on track to approach $100 million at the domestic box office by the end of this weekend, according to studio estimates. The take includes $3.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings and late-night IMAX shows on Wednesday. The movie, budgeted at an estimated $190 million, opened on 3,762 screens, 336 of them IMAX 3D.
Paramount Pictures expects “Into Darkness” to surpass J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, particularly overseas, where the film franchise, which now totals 12 entries, has languished over the years.
Abrams’ 2009 film opened to $75 million in the States, winding up with a domestic total of $257.7 million. The movie took in an additional $128 million internationally. Paramount would like to see that split between domestic and international box office reversed or at least split more evenly this time out. “Trek’s” overseas take through Thursday is $47 million.
The movie received an A grade from CinemaScore, though a minority band of “Trek” fans have complained that Abrams has removed much of what made the franchise distinctive in favor of broader action set pieces. Reviews, for the most part, have been solid.