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'Star Trek: Into Darkness' tops box office with $70.6M debut

Zachary Quinto appears in a scene from the film 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' set to be released on May 17, 2013. (Bad Robot)

May 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The latest voyage of the starship Enterprise "Star Trek: Into Darkness" led the box office this weekend but proved to be less popular than its 2009 predecessor.

"Star Trek: Into Darkness" raked in $70.6 million domestically in its opening weekend. That's less than the haul for "Star Trek" which took in just $75.2 million for its debut in 2009.

The previous weekend's No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office, Robert Downey Jr.'s superhero saga "Iron Man 3" dropped to the No. 2 spot with $35.2 million.

Baz Luhrmann's take on the American classic "The Great Gatsby" held up well at No. 3 with $23.4 million and "Pain & Gain" starring Mark Wahlberg fell to the No. 4 spot with $3.1 million. "The Croods" rounded out the top five with $2.75 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Star Trek: Into Darkness", $70.6 million ($40 million international).
2. "Iron Man 3", $35.2 million ($40.2 million international).
3. "The Great Gatsby", $23.4 million ($42.1 million international).
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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.