By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures, Variety
Angels & Demons
While summer is the best time for tentpoles to enjoy massive ticket sales, each film is never given much time to enjoy it. Starting in May, one potential blockbuster is released immediately after the other. Last week Star Trek enjoyed a hefty return at the box office, and this week goes to Angels & Demons. But that doesn't mean Trek didn't give the opener any competition.
Box Office Report: Angels & Demons
Sony has found strength overseas. While Angels & Demons opened #1 at the domestic box office, the film's $48 million almost put Star Trek in the running to take the #1 spot for a second weekend in a row. The re-launch of the franchise declined a miniscule 46% in its second weekend to score another $43 million. Good word of mouth has allowed the film to earn $147.6 million in its first ten days; something that makes that green light on the sequel a little brighter.
Where Angels truly succeeded was internationally. The Robert Langdon sequel was able to earn a whopping $104.3 million in foreign markets. Though sequels typically fare better than the originals, the film did fall short of the $155 million international haul that was seen by The Da Vinci Code. Ron Howard assumed this may be the case considering that, as a book, Angels & Demons only sold half the number of prints as Da Vinci.
The real test for Angels & Demons will be next week. Good word of mouth and positive reviews enabled Star Trek to come out on top in terms of box office receipts on Saturday, only a day after Angels' opening bow. The release of Terminator Salvation will also complicate things, pulling some of Sony's adult audience away. In short, expect to see Star Trek holding onto the #2 spot next weekend, even with new competition.