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'Star Trek Beyond' dominates opening weekend

The film, which stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, reunites the Enterprise crew as they encounter an alien warrior race. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters California, US Jul 25, 2016, 02.43 AM (IST)

"Star Trek Beyond" blasted off to a winning weekend at the North American box office. The film, which stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, reunites the Enterprise crew as they encounter an alien warrior race. It debuted with $59.6 million for a first place finish, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Holding over from previous weeks, "The Secret Life of Pets" added $29.3 million to its global earnings of $270 million; and "Ghostbusters" raked in an additional $21.6 million toward its international haul of $75 million.

Tying in third place was the new horror film "Lights Out", which follows a supernatural being that hides in the shadows before attacking its victims.

Also premiering was the animated film "Ice Age: Collision Course". Featuring the vocal talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Jennifer Lopez, the movie follows the "Ice Age" franchise friends Sid, Manny and Diego as they try to survive a series of cosmic events threatening their world. It brought in $21 million in ticket sales.

(Reuters)

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