Initial Reaction: Video Review - STAR TREK BEYOND

This week Charles and I sat down in IMAX 3D for the third entry in the rebooted Star Trek series as director Justin Lin took over for J.J. Abrams and delivered what may be one of the most enjoyable popcorn flicks of the summer. With Star Trek Beyond following the divisive Star Trek Into Darkness it was always going to be interesting to see how fans responded to the follow-up, but Paramount was clearly feeling confident as they already announced plans for a fourth film ahead of Beyond's debut this past weekend. With a price tag of $185 million though, it is unclear after the first weekend what course of action Paramount might take given Beyond debuted to an estimated $59.6 million which is a 15% drop from the $70.1 million opening for Star Trek Into Darkness. While the nearly $60 million opening was good enough to take the number one spot over the weekend it seems Beyond will be relying heavily on its international performance to garner any profit as its domestic run will likely end somewhere in the realm of its budget. This result would mean that Beyond is on the downward trend of Star Trek's box office success as Into Darkness came in below 2009's Star Trek reboot domestically, but outperformed the 2009 film internationally by $110 million. The previous films had worldwide totals of $385 million and $467 million and while Beyond opened strong in many other territories this weekend it does have a few key openings remaining that will certainly factor into the fate of this franchise and likely determine whether or not we'll actually see that fourth film featuring Chris Hemsworth. This downturn in box office is something of a bummer given the pure entertainment value of the film and the fact it deserves to be seen on the big screen, but when you're coming out at the end of July and have been overshadowed by a handful of other tentpoles in almost every weekend prior it is hard to appeal to why folks should show up and spend money on your movie instead of Marvel's latest or the upcoming Suicide Squad. As always, hit the jump to watch this week's review and be sure to subscribe to our channel as we have a new review (or reviews) up each week! Appreciate the support.

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