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Star Trek blazes past the competition in first weekend

The new Star Trek movie beamed up an estimated $72.5 million in North American ticket sales its first weekend in theatres, dominating the box office and re-energizing a 40-year-old sci-fi franchise.

The new Star Trek movie beamed up an estimated $72.5 million in North American ticket sales its first weekend in theatres, dominating the box office and re-energizing a 40-year-old sci-fi franchise.

The launch of Star Trek slashed deeply into the second weekend of business for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, sending the superhero adventure to a second-ranked $27 million.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was third with $10.5 million. The Warner Bros. film stars Matthew McConaughey as a callous bachelor who is visited by the ghosts of jilted girlfriends. Jennifer Garner co-stars.

The thriller Obsessed, starring Beyoncé Knowles, dropped to fourth place with $6.6 million in sales. The film has taken in $56.2 million since it opened April 24.

The comedy 17 Again, starring Zac Efron, fell to fifth from fourth with $4.4 million in sales for Warner Bros. Efron plays the younger version of a man who wakes up to find he's a teenager again.

The weekend's only other new film, Next Day Air, was sixth with $4 million in ticket sales. The movie from Summit Entertainment stars Mike Epps and Dante "Mos Def" Smith as friends whose lives change when a courier inadvertently gives them a package of cocaine.

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