May 12, 2009 / 2:50 AM / in 9 years

"Star Trek" weekend box office nudged higher

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “Star Trek” keeps getting hotter at the North American box office.

<p>Cast member Zachary Quinto poses at the premiere of the movie "Star Trek" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California April 30, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

The eleventh movie in Paramount Pictures’ reenergized sci-fi franchise earned $75.2 million during the three days beginning Friday, according to final data issued on Monday.

A day earlier, the Viacom Inc-owned studio had issued a preliminary estimate of $72.5 million. Including early sales from Thursday night, the tally now stands at $79.2 million, said Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com Box Office.

The acclaimed film, which follows the origins of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise, was easily the top film at the box office.

The previous weekend’s champ, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” slipped to No. 2 with $26.4 million, off a little from its $27 million Sunday estimate. The Hugh Jackman movie was released by Twentieth Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Dean Goodman

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