"Star Trek Into Darkness" soared to No. 1 at the box office this weekend as expected, but its $84.1 million intake fell slightly short of studio expectations. The four-day tally, as reported by Box Office Mojo, failed to snag the $100 million Paramount Pictures hoped to rack up. It also falls just short of the $86.7 million that 2009's "Star Trek" managed to collect during its four-day overture.
J.J. Abrams' sci-fi sequel, with a reported budget of $190 million, earned an additional $40 million overseas, bringing its international total to $164.6 million. The movie's traditional Friday-to-Sunday weekend revenue came in at $70.6 million.
While nowhere near a commercial disappointment, the slight downturn "Star Trek" saw on its first weekend further underscores what a megahit "Iron Man 3" is. Despite seeing a 51.5 percent hit from its previous week in theaters, the Marvel Studios threequel's added $35.2 million catapults it to No. 25 on the list of the highest-grossing domestic films of all time. Its total gross now sits at $337.1 million domestically and more than $1 billion globally.
"The Great Gatsby," in its second weekend in theaters, nabbed $23.4 million, bringing its collective gross to $90.2 million. Still a decided hit, the Baz Luhrmann-directed rendition of the iconic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has seen a slightly more tepid reaction than expected, given the massive buzz the movie saw in the weeks leading up to its release. "Iron Man 3" prevented the glitzy "Gatsby" from securing the top spot at the box office during the latter film's first weekend in theaters. Perhaps plagued by mixed reviews, "Gatsby" has yet to earn enough revenue to match its reported $105 million budget.
Rounding out the weekend's top five movies are Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain," which is in its fourth week of being one of the top grossers, and "The Croods," which jumped to No. 5 this weekend after falling to No. 7 last weekend. "Gain" took in $3.1 million, bringing its total to $46.6 million. "The Croods" added $2.75 million, upping its gross to $176.8 million.
The weekend's only new release other than "Star Trek Into Darkness" was Noah Baumbach's well-received indie gem "Frances Ha," which opened in only four theaters to a $134,000 profit.