'Star Trek' squashes 'Bug's Life,' but will it be able to make it to warp speed?

By Liane Bonin
December 14, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST
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Trekkies fearing that the ninth installment in the beloved sci-fi franchise, “Star Trek: Insurrection,” would fall prey to “the curse of the odds” got some good news and some bad news from the weekend’s box office results. The good news is that the film knocked “A Bug’s Life” out of the top spot with a respectable $22.4 million opening, almost double the $11 million the cuddly critters were able to bring in to hold second place.

The bad news is that compared to the openings of other films in the series, the first weekend gross for “Insurrection” was decidedly less than stellar. “Star Trek: First Contact” brought in $30.7 million in 1996, while “Star Trek: Generations” snagged $23.1 million in 1994. But don’t count out Trekkie loyalty just yet. Even 1991’s “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” which opened with just $18.2 million, went on to gross $74.9 million in the U.S. alone.

In third place for the weekend was a film that received a chilly critical reception: “Jack Frost,” Michael Keaton’s warm-and-fuzzy tale of life after death as a snowman, finished with an opening of a paltry $7 million. Rounding out the top 5 were “Enemy of the State” ($6.6 million) and “The Rugrats Movie” ($4.5 million).

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