“Star Trek Beyond” won the weekend box office, bringing in $59.6 million from 3,928 screens.
Paramount and Skydance’s sci-fi adventure sequel was expected come in at around $60 million for the three-day weekend, setting its opening inside the bullseye of predictions.
While director Justin Lin’s expensive $185 million “Star Trek” production has received stellar reviews (now 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a favorable 70 Metacritic score), it opened well under the debut of J.J. Abrams’ last two reboots in the long-running sci-fi franchise.
2009’s “Star Trek” bowed to $75.2 million on a $150 million budget, while 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” opened to $70.2 million on a $190 million budget.
Lin, who directed four movies in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, took over the mantle from Abrams with this new outing.
“Star Trek Beyond” stars Chris Pine, John Cho, Simon Pegg (who co-wrote the script), Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba. The film also features one of the last performances of Anton Yelchin — who died tragically in a freak car accident just a month ago.