Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Monday, May 11, 2009

Star Trek XI - Record Setting $79 Million Opening Weekend Box Office!

The final Opening Weekend Box Office earnings for Star Trek XI have been tabulated, and the numbers are staggering in comparison to the past performances of this franchise.

Domestically, the new Abrams film earned a total of $79,204,289 to come in first place against its competitors on the May 8 - 10, 2009 weekend.
The individual daily receipts broke down as follows:
* Thursday: $4.0 M
* Friday: $26.89 M
* Saturday: $27.25 M
* Sunday: $21.06 M
It was reported that Paramount Pictures had originally anticipated a $50 M domestic opening weekend performance; so the actual earnings greatly exceeded expectations.

Internationally, Star Trek XI generated a respectable $35.5 million; for a worldwide total box office of $114.7 million. The top overseas Box Office markets were:
* United Kingdom: $8.8 M
* Germany: $4.6 M
* Australia: $ 3.4 M
* France: $2.8 M
* Russia: $2.3 M
* South Korea: $2.2 M
* Spain: $1.6 M
The film was offered in 54 markets internationally, and came in first place in 23 of them.

Domestically, $8.3 M of earnings was generated from performances at IMAX theatres. Star Trek XI played at 138 different IMAX locations; and these earnings represented a new IMAX record for opening weekend box office.

The chart below, from Box Office Mojo, shows that Star Trek XI is already the 4th highest money maker in total domestic box office for the franchise; earning more on its opening weekend than 7 other Trek films earned during their entire runs at theatres. Clearly, to achieve this type of performance, the film is attracting a large segment of the mainstream audience in addition to its traditional Star Trek fan base.

As can be seen below, Star Trek XI, with $75.2 M for its 3 day opening weekend, smashed the previous franchise opening record of $30.7 M realized by Star Trek: First Contact in 1996...

The top 10 domestic box office draws over the May 8 - 10, 2009 weekend are shown below ...

This is extremely exciting news for the future of Star Trek!