CAPTAIN’S LOG, Stardate 19.05.2013: J.J. Abrams’s second tour on the Holodeck did not go as boldly as the studio hoped.

Zachary Quinto, left, as Spock and Chris Pine as Kirk in "Star Trek Into Darkness." (Zade Rosenthal/AP)

In the search for shekels, “Star Trek: Into Darkness” grossed $70.6-million in its domestic debut this weekend, according to studio estimates — short of the $75.2-million that Abrams’s first “Trek” outing opened with in 2009. Final numbers are expected Monday.

After opening Wednesday in IMAX theaters — and in wider release a day later — “Into Darkness” has grossed $84.1-million in North America, light-years behind the $100-million that Paramount predicted.

The 12th Star Trek film topped the third Iron Man flick, as Disney/Marvel’s former champ grossed $35.2-million this weekend. Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” has now grossed almost $1.1-billion globally.

POWER SUIT: Robert Downey Jr. and his high-flying friend. (DISNEY/MARVEL via AP/.)


* Abrams’s two entries are the only movies in the 12-film Star Trek enterprise to gross more than $31-million in their domestic debuts, according to

* Prior to Abrams’s coming aboard the franchise, 1986’s “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” ($109.7-million) was the only Trek film to gross more $100-million domestically

* “Into Darkness” is already the fourth highest-grossing Trek film ever, domestically (not adjusted for inflation).

* “Iron Man 3” has now grossed $337-million domestically — surpassing the entire runs of the first Iron Man ($318-million) and “Iron Man 2” ($312-million) — and $1.04-billion worldwide.

* “Into Darkness” is poised to become the fourth $100-million-plus film (domestic gross) of Zoe Saldana’s career, following “Avatar,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and 2009’s “Star Trek.”

* “Iron Man 3” is now the second-biggest film of Robert Downey Jr.’s career, after last year’s “The Avengers” ($623-million domestic gross). Over his career, his 49 films have grossed a total of nearly $3-billion in North America.

The rest of this week’s Top-10 in North America (studio estimates):

3. “The Great Gatsby,” $23.4 million; 4. “Pain & Gain,” $3.1 million; 5. “The Croods,” $2.75 million; 6. “42,” $2.73 million; 7. “Oblivion,” $2.2 million; 8. “Mud,” $2.16 million; 9. “Peeples,” $2.15 million; 10. “The Big Wedding,” $1.1 million.