Star Trek Is Selling Tickets At Warp Speed

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It’s easy to guess which movie is going to top the box office this week: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot has been building a massive buzz for months and so far, reviews of the film have been nothing short of glowing, with fans and critics alike already touting Star Trek as the most successful reboot attempt since Batman Begins.

Even Screen Rant‘s own Vic Holtreman (self-confessed Trekkie) gave the new Star Trek a four-star review, and we all know how hard it is pleasing that guy!

Well, it seems as though the public has heard the word of Vic and are ready to hop aboard the Enterprise for a weekend adventure: According to MovieTickets.com‘s advanced ticket sales tracking, Star Trek could be the first film of 2009 to break the $100 million barrier on opening weekend!

Here are the early tracking stats from MovieTickets.com:

As of 12 p.m. ET today, “Star Trek” ticket sales account for 83 percent of all ticket sales at MovieTickets.com today. MovieTickets.com is reporting 387 sold out performances for “Star Trek.”

387 sold out performances! Yikes! There going to be a lot of disappointed people who head to the theater to see Star Trek this weekend and end up having to settle for Wolverine, or worse yet, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Something genuinely shocking that MovieTickets.com found in its tracking of Star Trek‘s advanced ticket sales: It’s not just the nerd-boys who are going to be showing up for Star Trek this weekend! Check out these stats:

According to female ticket buyers polled at MovieTickets.com Apr. 21 to May 3:

52 percent are aware of the film “Star Trek”

63 percent of those aware of the film intend to see “Star Trek” opening weekend.

These are the highest pre-release polling numbers at MovieTickets.com in 2009 amongst female ticket buyers polled the week before a film’s release.

What…girls? At a Star Trek movie? They must be loving the baby-blues on Chris Pine or SOMETHING, because I would think that outside of a Trek convention (where the girls dress like William Shatner’s next alien conquest), I would figure the ladies would aviod a Trek film like the swine flu.

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Spock and Kirk are just as surprised to hear that so many ladies are coming out to see them.

Kudos to J.J. Abrams for prettying up the theater this weekend!

Here are the rest of the ticket sales tracking figures, so you know exactly who you’ll be stuck next to in those sold-out theaters:

‘Star Trek’ is tracking well across all age groups at MovieTickets.com, save 60-plus. According to the same Apr. 21 – May 3 poll at MovieTickets.com, over 70 percent of three different age groups aware of ‘Star Trek’ say they intend to see the film opening weekend. Here’s a breakdown:

58 percent of Under-25s

70 percent of 25-34s

76 percent of 35-44s

78 percent of 45-59s

11 percent of 60-plus

Not a bad spread – but not too far off from the crowd we here at Screen Rant predicted would be in attendance: Mostly young-to-middle age adults old enough to remember when a Star Trek show that didn’t suck was still on TV, and have a legitimate phobia of earworms thanks to Wrath of Khan.

However, the goal for this whole Star Trek reboot deal was to turn a whole new generation on to the deep-space voyages of the Enterprise, and while 58% of the under-25 crowd is suppossedly going to show up, I’m sure the studio would’ve liked that number to be in the 70% range as well. Of course these are just the first estimates of how Star Trek is going to do. When the space dust has settled, the youth crowd may be responsible for pushing Star Trek over the $100 million mark. Come Monday we’ll know for sure.

Will Star Trek be (as the TV spots are already calling it) the 2009 Iron Man?

Source: MovieTickets.com

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  1. Kofi,
    Nice piece. I noticed some snarky lines and thought, “this isn’t Vic’s writing style.” (Sorry, I often start reading without looking at the byline.)

    I’m a bit worried, I wonder if the midnight showings are in danger of selling out. My understanding is that if an auditorium sells out, they’ll open another…but…I’ll have to make a call!

  2. Just came out of my Screening and damn i had a blast.
    The cast was brilliant, the CGI mind blowing and the humor just perfect.

    Love to everyone who helps making this movie a boxoffice success!

  3. I’ve never been much of a Star Trek fan, but I just have to see this, J.J. has yet to let me down.

  4. Should outsell wolvie after 2nd week

  5. eh he let me down with the 5th season of alias (at least i thought it was the worst and most rushed…) plus cloverfield… so i’m going in with a healthy amount of skepticism

  6. I just want to remind everyone that Batman Begins opened to 47 million .
    many fans considered that a failure.
    They expected WB to bail on the franchise.
    That didnt happen.
    I am NOT saying thats going to happen.
    I am saying that no matter how much it makes this weekend Star Trek is BACK!.
    After all, Star Trek Nemesis made only 16 million in its opening weekend .
    With that type of disaster last time , Pasramount will take whatever they can get .

  7. @ Gary

    They probably would have bailed on the Batman franchise if Superman Returns had made SPiderman like money….

    Star Trek is back fer sure…I mean the buzz and hype is there and it’s just a matter of will it make 100 million in it’s opening weekend or not? I don’t think it will but I am wrong so often that I wouldn’t be shocked if it did..

  8. My Star Trek prediction stands at 109 mil. ;-)
    ^
    Wolverine is on the grill,,,

  9. holy… skepticism definitely not needed… the film’s FANTASTIC!!!

  10. Personally, I don’t think that Star Trek will open as low as Batman Begins. But I also don’t really believe it will break the 100 million barrier, although it would be great to see and the ticket sales indicate that much.

    Nevertheless, the percentage of women who want to see this movie is mesmerizing to say the least. A younger cast really seems to help.

  11. It is a really good Movie. Saw it last Saturday in a “sneak preview” showing from one of the local radio stations. Incredible. Does not disappoint.

  12. I’ve got my tickets for IMAX. It’ll be a 90 minute trip into the city, but I figure this is one for the ‘IMAX experience’

    Star Trek movies as a place to pick up chicks! Who knew?

    $100 million in the first weekend? That would be great and guarantee J.J. and crew would return for more. I don’t see it breaking that record, but I hope it doesn’t do what Watchmen did and drop into the abyss on the second weekend.

    Can’t Wait! Can’t Wait! Can’t Wait! CAN’T WAIT! (For tomorrow!)

  13. Can’t get tickets online for the theaters I go to. MAGGOTS!! I’ll have to stop by there today and pick them up for tomorrow (hopefully). I looked into IMAX and the nearest theater is in Columbia, MD; I might try that theater one day, but it will be a weekend as traffic in the DC area is murder.

  14. MY GF and I are DEFINTELY going to see this movie this weekend. In IMAX, no less. She’s almost as excited to see this as I am..

    John, don’t feel bad. I can’t buy advance tix online either. Grrr…

  15. YES! I am in the 78% and have tix for TONIGHT!

  16. As a woman let me put on my teacher’s hat and explain the appeal of the new Star Trek to those of my gender – 4 words, baby:

    Karl “da sex” Urban

    ’nuff said

  17. Geek boys don’t get to have all the fun.

  18. Ishidoro,
    Since WHEN?

  19. the estimates I am seeing right now are 65- 74 million.
    We shall see .
    Just curious ,
    which Star trek film had the best opening?

  20. @Gary

    Here:

    http://screenrant.com/star-trek-breaking-records-vic-6049/

    I noted that inflation-adjusted Star Trek First Contact had an inflation adjusted opening of $49MM and I believe that was the biggest Trek opening box office weekend. In that same post (two months ago) I predicted a $70-80MM opening weekend for the new film.

    I think it will do at least that, but we’ll see.

    Vic

  21. Thanks Vic .
    that sounds about right.
    Watch the naysayers says its a flop if it doesnt make a 100 million by Monday.

  22. I can’t believe I’m saying this… but, I think Star Trek is THE best reboot EVER!!!! Yup, I said it… I actually like it better than I like Batman Begins. This movie was unbelievable!!! I’m also going to say it’s probably going to turn out to be the best movie of the year!

  23. FYI, I’ve set up a Star Trek discussion post where people can talk about the film and not worry about spoiling it for others who haven’t seen it:

    http://screenrant.com/star-trek-spoilers-vic-7732/

    Vic

  24. All I can say is, DC better move fast and lock down Chris Pine for their Green Lantern Movie based on all the hype from Star Trek….

  25. Knight,if you read this is there any way we can get you and the troops over there some of these new releases coming out? There has to be a way and I know i’m not the only one who believes getting the troops some good entertainment is the least we can do.

  26. Hey screen rant. If you have any ideas on how we can help Knight and the rest of the troops out let us know.

  27. I’m not sure about what LEGAL ways there are, but they can always watch the bootlegs. Maybe we should write the movie studios and say they should provide free copies to troops overseas along with projectors and screens and whatever they might need… I know people who bring their own projectors when they get shipped, but it should be something provided for everyone to use.

  28. NYCMovieScreenings is holding a Star Trek Contest! chance to win star trek shirts/hats/stickers!

    http://nycmoviescreenings.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=0ac2e5cf93599e4226e6b90ff&id=0919e3bab4

  29. My wife and I (both of us at the begging of 30) where lucky enough to catch a special prescreening on Tuesday and I was not surprised at how much my wife loved it. I kept thinking you don’t have to know anything about Star Trek to enjoy this movie because it’s such a fun ride. My brother and sister in-law saw it Thursday night and also loved the heck out of it. This movie is going to make a load of money.

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