Star Trekkin’ Again – The Gals Can’t Help It

I did it again. I went to see Star Trek. That makes it the seventh (eighth?) time. I can’t help it, I’m obsessed.

As the movie only has two times per day this week at our local cinema, I’m assuming that it won’t be around next weekend. The funny thing is, the theater was packed today. It’s one of the smaller theaters at our 11-screen cineplex, but the movie is still bringing in people here in Flagstaff.

Maybe it’s the Father’s Day crowd and the other showings this weekend were sparsely attended, but overall it’s holding up very well. It’s still one of the top 10 movies this weekend, placing number 7:

1. THE PROPOSAL – 34.11 million – 34.1 million
2. THE HANGOVER – 26.86 million – 152.9 million
3. UP – 21.34 million – 224.1 million
4. YEAR ONE – 20.20 million – 20.2 million
5. THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 – 11.30 million – 43.3 million
6. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 – 7.30 million – 155.9 million
7. STAR TREK – 4.70 million – 239.4 million
8. LAND OF THE LOST – 3.98 million – 43.7 million
9. IMAGINE THAT – 3.10 million – 11.3 million
10. TERMINATOR SALVATION – 3.07 million – 119.5 million

It may eventually earn 250 million dollars in the U.S. by the end of summer. A very good record for a movie. It’s still leading the box office totals for 2009, but Up will eventually win that spot.

I do think that the audience isn’t just young geek-boys, like the Transformers crowd. Star Trek seems to be pulling in lots of female fans. Star Trek seems to fit the strange niche of big special-effect filled chick flick. There’s not many movies like that out there, but Star Trek seems to have found a way to bring us women into the theaters. My sister described the attraction women have for either Kirk or Spock as similar to how men can decide whether it’s Ginger or Mary Ann. I think it’s easier for women to enjoy this film because neither Kirk or Spock are infallible — there’s no superhero who can vanquish the enemies with a quip and an act of violence. It takes Kirk and Spock working together with a team of talented staff to come up with victory. And face it, Kirk doesn’t win many fistfights in the movie.

It’s not just the women I’ve talked to about how much they like the film. The IMDB ratings for the film show a  female preference for the movie. At every age group, women rate it higher than men.

Votes Average
Males 58,934 8.4
Females 10,875 8.9
Aged under 18 2,627 9.0
Males under 18 1,872 8.9
Females under 18 752 9.3
Aged 18-29 46,515 8.5
Males Aged 18-29 39,135 8.4
Females Aged 18-29 7,206 9.0
Aged 30-44 16,371 8.3
Males Aged 30-44 14,176 8.2
Females Aged 30-44 2,025 8.7
Aged 45+ 4,188 8.3
Males Aged 45+ 3,334 8.2
Females Aged 45+ 805 8.6

So, I’m not alone. Star Trek is a hit. My biggest worry about the movie, once it’s gone from the local theater, is how soon it will come out on DVD. I’m not the patient type. Do I have to wait until Christmas?

Hmmmm…maybe I need to grab some of my gal friends and go see the movie…just one more time.

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