Paramount and Skydance Productions' Star Trek Into Darkness didn't engage warp speed in its North American opening as it posted a solid four-day debut of $84.1 million.
Overseas, the J.J. Abrams-directed tentpole took in another $40 million over the weekend for an early global total of $164.6 million.
Heading into the weekend, many box office observers believed Into Darkness had a shot at hitting $100 million in North America, easily outpacing the $79.2 million of Abrams' 2009 Star Trek, which reinvigorated the sc-fi film franchise.
Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said he is extremely pleased with the result, particularly overseas, where he says Into Darkness could ultimately double the $127 million earned by the 2009 film. And in North America, he believes word of mouth will be strong, based on the film's A CinemaScore and favorable reviews (the sequel has an 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a good score for a commercial tentpole).
Into Darkness returns Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the roles of Captain James T. Kirk and Spock. Other returning castmembers include Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Karl Urban. This time out, a scheming villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch resorts to terrorism to threaten Earth.
Paramount and Skydance co-financed the $190 million tentpole, and produced alongside Abrams' Bad Robot. The script was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.
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