Star Trek Into Darkness Beams To Top Of U.S. Box Office

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May 19, 2013 | 8:58pm EST

Director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has beamed to the top of the box office chart, debuting with an impressive $70.6 million haul.
The sci-fi film, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana, also added a further $13.5 million from early showings on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing its five-day total to $84.1 million .
The Star Trek sequel knocked Iron Man 3 into second place – the Robert Downey, Jr. action epic continued to draw audiences with a strong $35.2 million gross in its third week of release, while The Great Gatsby rounded out the top three with $23.4 million .