star trek into darkness box office winner paramount 'Star Trek into Darkness' leads the weekend, 'Iron Man 3' passes $1 billion worldwide

Although technically performing lower than expectations in its first weekend of release, “Star Trek into Darkness” won the weekend in box-office income, earning $70.6 million. This was the only new release to crack the top 10, with returning blockbusters “Iron Man 3” and “The Great Gatsby” accounting for most of the rest of the weekend’s ticket sales.

“Star Trek into Darkness” had been projected to make as much as $100 million in its opening, but the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel has only earned $84 million domestically for the period from Thursday-Sunday. This does beat the number-one movie on this same weekend last year — when Joss Whedon‘s “The Avengers” took in $55.6 million — but the comparison is misleading. “Avengers” was in its third week of release by that point, having already long passed the $100 million mark.

In second place for the weekend was “Iron Man 3,” which earned an additional $35.1 million in its third week. This makes $337.1 million in total for the film domestically, with a total of $1.1 billion earned worldwide so far.

“The Great Gatsby” saw $23.4 million earned in its second weekend, bringing the literary adaptation’s total earnings to $90.2 million.

Ticket sales saw a sharp drop-off below the top 3, with the fourth highest-grossing film, “Pain & Gain,” earning only $3.1 million in its fourth week. Animated film, “The Croods,” held on to its family-oriented domination in week 9 with an additional $2.8 million and a fifth-place finish.

Posted by:Laurel Brown