Angels & Demons Looks to Topple Trek

Angels & Demons will try to bring Star Trek back down to Earth this weekend.

The Ron Howard thriller, a sequel to 2006′s The Da Vinci Code, will open in more than 3,500 theaters this weekend. The film would love to repeat the performance of Da Vinci, which opened three years ago with a $77 million weekend. It went on to gross $217 million domestically.

Based on Dan Brown’s best-selling book, the movie features some nice vfx-driven set pieces and an eye-popping climactic sequence showcasing a helicopter, a night-time explosion and a parachuting priest. CIS Vancouver, Moving Picture Company, Plowman Craven & Assoc. and Senate handled the film’s visual effects.

Star Trek continues to look strong heading into its second weekend. Its opening weekend gross turned out to be just a bit higher than originally projected, taking in $79.2 million from its May 7 evening debut through May 10.

Also still in play is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, now entering its third weekend of release, and holdovers Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Obsessed, The Soloist and the resilient Monsters vs. Aliens.

Angels & Demons will only have six days as the sole new major release before Terminator: Salvation arrives Thursday, May 21, followed a day later by Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and the comedy Dance Flick.