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December 9 in Sci-Fi History: The December 2002 box office

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Zac Hug
Dec 9, 2017

It was on this day in 2002 that Star Trek: Nemesis premiered.

 

Look, the movie didn't do great at the box office, and it's roundly considered to be the least successful Star Trek story in the entire franchise (and, like… that's true: there’s cloning, a Romulan military coup and a weird version of Data named B-4). It's a sad state of things, because it was also the last to star the entire Next Generation cast.

It also had stiff competition. It was released around the same time as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

 

Also grabbing box office dollars was Pierce Brosnan's final 007 adventure, Die Another Day, which was thoroughly enjoyable, despite all of the insane product placement. (No, really, there's a ton. Critics called it Buy Another Day.)

 

And by December 18, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers came out and destroyed everything.

 

Let's be honest: Star Trek: Nemesis never had a chance. That said, we'd pay good money to watch the Next Generation crew reunited for a big splashy redemptive go-round. Get in there, Hollywood.

Tomorrow: Gilderoy Lockhart meets Fionulla Flanagan.