The first real faceoff of the summer movie season is set for this weekend as Star Trek looks to steal the thunder of last weekend’s big opener X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Star Trek, which is set to open in 3,849 theaters, is expected to win the weekend based on high anticipation and an overwhelmingly positive critical response (a high score of 90 % on rottentomatoes.com). Predictions are all over the map on how well the film will do, going from a lowball number of $40 million to Variety‘s Anne Thompson thinking a $100 million weekend is very possible. The film’s cool visual effects were handled by ILM, Lola, Evil Eye Picture, Svengali and Kerner Optical.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine will play wider in its second weekend, showing in more than 4,100 theaters. The film opened last weekend to a strong showing of $87 million, and the real question this weekend will be how far does that number drop?
Studios are giving Paramount a wide berth on Star Trek, a reboot of the classic TV series from director J.J. Abrams, with only Summit Entertainment opening a major release against it with Next Day Air. The comedy stars Donald Faison, Mos Def and Mike Epps and opens in 1,138 theaters.
Hanging on are holdovers such as Obsessed, The Soloist and Monsters vs. Aliens, which heads into another weekend still playing at more than 2,500 theaters.