'Star Trek: Into Darkness' rakes in $70.6 m on US opening weekend

Washington, May 20 (ANI): 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' fetched 70.6 million dollars in its opening weekend in the US.

However, it's not setting any records as it debuts lower than the studio's expectations.

The latest voyage of the starship Enterprise fell short of its predecessor, 2009's 'Star Trek,' which opened with 75.2 million dollars, Fox News reported.

Since premiering Wednesday in huge-screen IMAX theaters and expanding Thursday to general cinemas, 'Into Darkness' has pulled in 84.1 million dollars, well below distributor Paramount's initial forecast of 100 million dollars.

The film added 40 million dollars overseas, pushing its total to 80.5 million dollars since it began rolling out internationally a week earlier.

The 'Star Trek' sequel bumped 'Iron Man 3' down to second place after two weekends on top.

While 'Iron Man 3' and 'Into Darkness' did well overseas, they were outmatched by the debut of Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby,' which followed its domestic debut a week earlier with a wide rollout internationally.

'Gatsby' pulled in 42.1 million dollars overseas, coming in a bit ahead of both 'Iron Man 3' and 'Into Darkness.'

Domestically, 'Gatsby' held up well at No. 3 with 23.4 million dollars, lifting its total to 90.2 million dollars.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com are: (Where available, latest international numbers are also included).

1. Star Trek: Into Darkness, 70.6 million dollars (40 million dollars international).

2. Iron Man 3, 35.2 million dollars (40.2 million dollars international).

3. The Great Gatsby, 23.4 million dollars (42.1 million dollars international)

4. Pain and Gain, 3.1 million dollars.

5. The Croods, 2.75 million dollars.

6. 42, 2.73 million dollars.

7. Oblivion, 2.2 million dollars.

8. Mud, 2.16 million dollars.

9. Peeples, 2.15 million dollars.

10. The Big Wedding, 1.1 million dollars. (ANI)