J.J.'s Star Trek is officially the biggest ever

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek has ended its official theatrical run after 21 weeks, and an accounting by our friends at shows that, in inflation-adjusted dollars, it had the biggest box office of all the Trek movies (see chart after the jump).

Here's their chart:

Here's their analysis:

The final tally, as of last Thursday, brings the film a few thousand short of $385 Million world-wide, which is certainly a big success, especially for a franchise that was given up for dead by some just a few years ago. ...

According to Box Office Mojo, Star Trek's domestic tally is $257.7 over the 147 day theatrical run. This includes $28.1 Million for IMAX (or around 11%). This makes it the highest-grossing and highest-attended film in the Trek franchise.

In broader terms, Abrams' film places in the top 50 (number 47, to be precise) of the highest-grossing movies of all time (180th adjusted for inflation).

Now we know there are a handful of you out there who insist this movie is a bomb because of the high cost of production (an estimated $150 million), the high cost of marketing it and the need for the film to gross about two and a half times its production costs to make a profit. We're not sure this is true, especially once you factor in the anticipated grosses from home video, not to mention ancillary revenue from TV rights, etc. etc. We think it's safe to say that CBS and Paramount are probably pretty happy with Trek's performance, particularly since it resurrected a moribund franchise and proved that it can be a going concern once again.

But ... the question remains: Was it the best Trek movie?