Star Trek and Star Wars have a prolific battle over the years. The fans are divided and crossing-over is considered a treason (I’m just making that up!). But because I’m in the neutral side, maybe I can put this into perspective.
The two biggest franchise shares a lot of things, apart from them most obvious one that they have both “Star” on their titles; the setting is in space, various creatures and languages and garnering tons of dollar in the box office. But the two have more than enough differences that somehow make it impossible to compare. Fans just get bored and want to pick a fight I guess.
For instance, the inspiration of Star Trek is a far cry from Star Wars. As what I found from Wikipedia, Star Wars was inspired by the Flash Gordon adventure serials of the 1940s and presents an elemental struggle between good and evil. Star Trek was conceived in the style of the TV western Wagon Train and the adventure stories of Horatio Hornblower but adopted a more adult tone, providing an idealistic, utopian prospect of future human society. While Star Wars creator George Lucas was inspired by works such as Beowulf and King Arthur, and the origins of myth and world religions, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was inspired by stories like Gulliver’s Travels that implied a morality tale.
J.J. Abrams‘ second Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, is currently collecting money in various currencies, in the box office. During the weekend, it grossed $70 million in the box office. As of to date, it earned $170 million worldwide.
Based on a 5-day Total comparison, domestically, Star Trek Into Darkness is $2 million ahead with its predecessor. We tabulated the three Star Wars movies and the 2009 Star Trek, and definitely Star Trek Into Darkness needs to catch up. But, the level of satisfaction of moviegoers or critics at least, are all going to J.J. Abrams’ account. But, of course, box office doesn’t convert to positive criticism. At the end of the day, what matters is the cash inflow!
Take a look of our Star Trek Vs Star Wars Infographic here:
Society6 made an infographic of all Star Wars and Star Trek movies (except Into Darkness) and compared which one is earning more. The conclusion is: Star Wars earned more money and made lesser movies!
Now that J.J. Abrams is confirmed to direct Star Wars: Episode VII (under Disney now), there are some apprehensions on how the infamous director will make a follow-up. One concerned citizen wrote an Open Letter to J.J. Abrams, saying, “‘Star Wars’ Ain’t ‘Star Trek’”
Bob Thiele can’t help it in poking fun at the ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ director J.J. Abrams taking helm of the much anticipated 2015 ‘Star Wars’ flick, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Bob Thiele added the following description about the piece: “I happen to be a a fan of both franchises and am actually really curious to see what JJ Abrams will do with Star Wars. I know he’ll still be involved with the Trek films as a producer, but I couldn’t help but feel like this news was a slap in the face for Trekkies everywhere. Still looking forward to ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’, though!”
So, regardless who wins on this battle, the bottomline is these two franchise movies are making money and we are the reason why they did and will still do in the future.