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‘Star Trek’ Becomes Highest Grossing Franchise Film

Beats the inflation-adjusted box office take of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’

It’s just days away from losing its box office crown to the Disney/Pixar movie “Up,” but “Star Trek” can finally celebrate one last milestone it has been fighting to reach: It undeniably is now the highest grossing film in the Trek franchise, even when adjusted for inflation.

“Star Trek” picked up another $570,000 Monday, according to Showbiz Data, bringing its total domestic haul to $240.8 million. That’s just $100,000 behind “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” which earned $82.3 million in 1979, which equates to about $240.9 million today. Although official numbers are not out yet for Tuesday, “Star Trek” easily made more than $100,000 to pass “The Motion Picture” and earn its franchise crown.

The movie from J.J. Abrams likely will end its run with just under $250 million domestically, totally blowing away the previous film in the franchise, “Star Trek: Nemesis” which earned just $43.1 million in 2002.

Based on a previous study by Airlock Alpha, that now shifts the inflation-adjusted list of films.

  1. Top-Grossing Star Trek films
  2. 1. Star Trek (2009) — $241.3 million (est)
  3. 2. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) — $240.9 million
  4. 3. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1987) — $212.7 million
  5. 4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) — $173.8 million
  6. 5. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) — $156.5 million
  7. 6. Star Trek: First Contact (1996) — $125 million
  8. 7. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) — $117 million
  9. 8. Star Trek Generations (1994) — $108.6 million
  10. 9. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) — $92.3 million
  11. 10. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) — $89.5 million
  12. 11. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) — $51.3 million

Outside of “Star Trek: First Contact,” Trek films took a definite slide beginning with “Final Frontier” despite the fact that its predecessor, “The Voyage Home” at the time was the biggest raw box office grosser in franchise history.

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