Body Odor Mojo updated its foreign numbers mostly as of June 9, and ST passed the $200M mark in foreign markets. Yes, I know Man of Steel will make more than that in a week or so. Comic book films for the most part seem to bring in a "much wider tent" right now into theaters.http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=intl&id=startrek12.htm
Domestic: $210,491,000 51.1%
+ Foreign: $201,700,000 48.9%
= Worldwide: $412,191,000
So I'm a broken record on this but it remains that Darkness' domestic take will be seen as disappointing compared to the first film's $257M take; but the foreign box office numbers look like they could well double that of the first film's $128M take.
I don't know what that means. Is it the Cumberbatch Effect? Or is it just even more evident now than in 2009 how much foreign markets eat up CGI extravaganzas?
As far as the Kirk-Spock friendship, keep in mind Darkness is set quite a bit after the end of the first film. So yeah, there's supposed to have been a friendship there built between the two. I liked that, but the early part of the movie, one thing that bothered me was -
That didn't bother me until I thought about it much later.
On the friendship stuff, I would liken it it to the start of The Empire Strikes back, where the characters have spent a lot of time together since the first movie but unless you read the SW novels set in that time, you don't really know about that. It's more like, "Hey Han and Luke are best buds now, and Han would risk freezing to death to save him."
As far as Karl Urban goes, I enjoy his performances. If I felt like JJ and co. forced
him to do something closer to an impersonation, maybe it would bother me, but it's clear from Urban's interviews that it was His Own Choice, and he actually had to sort of convince JJ it was the right choice. I only wish he was maybe a bit more integrated into the 2nd film; perhaps the third film will do that.
My only real wish for film #3 is to move past Personal Vengeance as the main plot. We're approaching the 40th anniversary of ST's TV debut, so why not finally have a movie with some exploration/discovery focus. It doesn't mean it can't have pew-pew, doesn't mean the Enterprise has to go face God (Shatner's lousy directorial effort already did that) or save the whales. It's just, ST is all about exploration/discovery, so please let's have the reboot tackle that at some point instead of Revenge Movie #3.