No surprise here: I predicted a $75 million opening weekend for Star Trek -- and it did slightly better -- earning $76.5 million. Paramount Pictures said director J.J. Abrams' reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise made $4 million just in pre-midnight screenings Thursday - plus a record $8.2 million in IMAX showings.
The studio had estimated that the movie would make about $50 million for the weekend, but figured that strong reviews helped carry it to the bigger opening. I have not read one bad critical review....have you? In fact, the film has so far received 96 percent positive reviews on RottenTomatoes.com.