When a film franchise has a history this long, comparisons are inevitable, especially among Trekkies.
Hollywood's been churning out Star Trek movies with some degree of regularity since 1979. So far we've got six films featuring the original series cast, four films featuring the Next Generation cast (with a little dose of original series fun in Star Trek Generations) and two films set in an alternate reality featuring new incarnations of the original series characters (with a little Leonard Nimoy, just to be safe). The latest of these, Star Trek Into Darkness, is less than a month old now, but Hollywood pundits are already drawing critical and financial comparisons between it and its predecessor, 2009's Star Trek.
But where does the latest Trek blockbuster rank among the rest of the dozen films in the franchise thus far? How do its earnings and its critical response stack up?
We've compiled the worldwide box office grosses of all 12 Trek films in the gallery below, along with their Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores. This is just the raw data, but it's important to consider that these numbers aren't ever going to be worthy of apples-to-apples comparisons. Film criticism is different now, after all (imagine how Star Trek: The Motion Picture would have gone down in an age that included Twitter), and inflation often means that a film with a lower box-office return was actually more successful relative to the time in which it was released. So, with all that in mind, it's interesting to see the ebbs and flows of the franchise play out over more than three decades.
But hey, these are just numbers. What do you think? Throw out all the critical opinion and box-office number crunching, and let us know which Trek film is your favorite.