‘Star Trek 3’ debuts and ‘Ice Age 5’ disappoints

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The era of summer sequels is still continuing to amaze us with new famous releases such as ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ and ‘Ice Age: Collision.’

The threequel to 2009’s ‘Star Trek’ earned around $59.6 billion in North America, making it one of the best summer openings of this season. However, the current earning is $15 million below the original ‘Star Trek’ ($75.2 million) and $10 million (14%) less than 2013’s ‘Star Trek: Into the Darkness’ ($70.2 million) box office success.

According to various news releases, the third film had a costly budget of $185 million.

The third part continues where the second movie ended, bring back the same old Captain James T. Kirk and his team battling a new threat and forcing the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world and escape from a new villain named Krall.

Cast

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as ‘Kirk’ and ‘Spock’. Additional cast includes Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba. The cast and crew were dealt a tragic blow recently with the death of actor Anton Yelchin in a freak automobile accident at his Los Angeles home. The film was directed by Justin Lin of the “Fast & Furious” series. The film also pays tribute to late actor Leonard Nimoy.

Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course, which fell off a cliff in its domestic debut with $21 million from 3,392 theaters — 55% behind the 2012 launch of Ice Age: Continental Drift ($46.6 million) and the worst showing for an animated studio in a decade.

The good news: Collision Course, which was out a fifth-place finish, is faring better overseas, grossing another $30 million this weekend from 60 markets for a foreign total of $178 million and global cume of $199 million.

When it came to animation, US audiences preferred Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s animated holdover ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ which placed No. 2 in its third weekend with $29.3 million and earned a domestic total of $260.7 million and worldwide haul of $323.7 million. The movie further received another $10 million overseas this weekend from 14 markets.

Other releases

‘Lights Out,’ tells a story about a family terrorized by a demon that only appears in the dark, opened to a healthy $21.6 million in third place. Adapted from first-time filmmaker David Sandberg’s short film on the concept, the movie was released by Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. and cost only $5 million to make.

As fate would have it, Warner Bros.’ troubled The Legend of Tarzan won the international race, earning $44.7 million from various markets, including China, where it posted a modest six-day debut of $27.1 million. Tarzan has now grossed $260.5 million, a disappointing figure considering its production budget of $185 million.

Sony’s all-female led ‘Ghostbusters’ came in third in its second weekend with an estimated $21.6 million. This brings the film’s domestic gross to date to $86.9 million. The movie is a resurrection of the 1984 hit film but this time, the leads are women, not men.

Further new release, ‘Don’t Think Twice’, released exclusively at New York’s Landmark Sunshine to $90,126, giving the film the highest per-screen average of the year. The film by Mike Birbiglia follows the ups and downs of an improv comedy troupe as its members grapple with resentment and jealousy when only one of them is cast on a long-running sketch-comedy TV show.

Produced by This American Life’s Ira Glass and Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall, the film — currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes — stars Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs among others.

Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society,’ which in its second week grossed $364,291 at 50 locations. If the $875,000 projection by Lionsgate and Amazon Studios holds, the film’s domestic total to date will near $1.4 million.

Box office releases

Other top 10 films grossing this week were: Finding Dory ($7.2 million); The Legend of Tarzan ($6.4 million); Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates ($4.4 million); Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party ($3.7 million); The Infiltrator ($3.3 million). — AFP

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