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Star Trek Into Darkness posts $84.1 million US opening

Star Trek Into Darkness

Story by Jack Foley

STAR Trek Into Darkness posted a healthy $84.1 million upon its US debut.

Going into the weekend, box office pundits had placed JJ Abrams’ Star Trek sequel on course to post figures of $100 million plus.

But while outpacing the first film in the rebooted franchise Into Darkness didn’t quite have the power to hit triple figures… or beat The Great Gatsby.

Nevertheless, Rob Moore, Paramount vice chairman, said he was extremely pleased with the figures, especially as word of mouth is strong for the film.

He also pointed to overseas success, where he says Into Darkness could ultimately double the $127 million earned by the 2009 film.

Into Darkness returns Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the iconic roles of Captain James T. Kirk and Spock, while British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is the villain.

Elsewhere at the US box office, “Iron Man 3”: continued to perform well, holding onto second spot in its third weekend with £35.2 million. The film has now crossed the $1 billion mark globally.

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby came third, followed by Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain and The Croods.

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