Angels & Demons is tops; Star Trek stays strong

[Updated: Final figures Monday show Angels & Demons took in $46.2 million, a bit less than estimated, and Star Trek took in $43.03 million, a hair more than estimated.]

Angels & Demons took the top spot at the May 15 weekend box office, with an estimated $48 million domestically, far less than its hit predecessor, The Da Vinci Code, which racked up $77.1 million in its first weekend in 2006, the Associated Press reported.

Star Trek, meanwhile, slipped to second place with an estimated $43 million, down a respectable 43 percent from its blockbuster opening weekend (not including Thursday-night preview screenings), raising its domestic take after 10 days to about $147.6 million and cementing its status as a hit with legs.

The Da Vinci Code eventually took in $753 million worldwide.

Star Trek is also the most successful film in the franchise internationally, having rung up about $70 million over two weeks, surpassing the second-most successful Trek movie internationally, First Contact, which grossed a total of $57.4 million overseas, according to Deadline Hollywood.

That's good news for Paramount, which has wanted to boost the franchise's appeal in foreign countries (beyond stalwart Trek nations such as the United Kingdom and Germany).

No movie in the franchise has ever cracked $100 million overseas before, but Abrams' Star Trek is already on track: Paramount is predicting that the film will do around $150 million internationally and around $400 million worldwide, Deadline Hollywood estimated. Star Trek's worldwide total so far is $216 million and counting.

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