Star Trek Into Darkness's Unimpressive Opening Weekend In 3 Charts

“Star Trek Into Darkness” was expected to be the second $100 million box-office opening this year.  

Instead, J.J. Abrams’ sequel to his 2009 film earned $70.6 million

While that may sound great, it’s not that impressive.  

Here’s why:

1. “Star Trek Into Darkness” has earned less at the box office than 2009 predecessor “Star Trek.”

Paramount thought it would be good to release the film a day earlier, not only to get a lead on the two blockbusters already out, “Iron Man 3” and “The Great Gatsby,” but also the jam-packed week ahead with both “The Hangover III” and “Fast and Furious 6.” 

Unfortunately, that didn’t help as the film’s 4-day total sits at $84 million, $2 million short of 2009 film “Star Trek.”

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2. “Star Trek Into Darkness” isn’t even the second-largest box-office opening of the year. 

That title belongs to “Oz the Great and Powerful,” during a time while the box office was pretty slow.

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3. Another limited new release, “Frances Ha” crushed “Star Trek Into Darkness” when it came to earnings per theatre.

You’ve probably never heard of the Noah Baumbach comedy, but it follows a woman pursuing her dreams in the Big Apple.  

Frances Ha opened in 4 theatres (yes, four), while “Star Trek Into Darkness” debuted in 3,868 theatres.

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