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Star Trek Beyond tops US with $59.6 million as Ice Age 5 flops

Star Trek Beyond

Story by Jack Foley

STAR Trek Beyond has topped the US box office with a healthy $59.6 million.

The figure actually marks one of the best openings of the American summer so far despite falling well below the first weekend takings of both the original Star Trek reboot ($75.2 million) and its sequel, Into Darkness ($70.2 million).

Costing a hefty $185 million to make, Star Trek Beyond was directed by Justin Lin, who stepped in after JJ Abrams left for Star Wars, and was co-written by Simon Pegg.

It also performed relatively well internationally, taking $30 million from 37 markets for a global bow of $89.6 million. The film enjoyed the highest opening weekend ever in 17 markets, including Russia, Taiwan and Thailand.

Of the film’s overall performance and its US debut, Rob Moore, Paramount vice chairman, said: “Yes, we know the domestic marketplace is tough, but we did at the hot end of what anyone was forecasting. Justin Lin delivered.”

Where Star Trek Beyond did well, however, Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth film in the animated series, endured one of the worst showings for a studio animated title in a decade.

The film could only manage fifth spot with $21 million, trailing animated holdover title The Secret Life of Pets, which held onto second spot with $29.3 million.

It also only just pipped Finding Dory, which slipped to sixth with more than $7 million, pushing its domestic total to $460.2 million – the ninth-best showing of all time.

Elsewhere at the US box office, low budget supernatural horror film Lights Out, which cost under $5 million to make, unexpectedly tied with Ghostbusters for third spot with a better-than-expected $21.6 million.

The film stars Teresa Palmer as a young woman who tries to protect her brother from a malevolent spirit connected to their mother’s past and benefitted from strong reviews for a horror title and robust support among younger cinema goers.

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