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* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova eight years later]] (as depicted in ''Film/StarTrek2009''). And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, (also meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]])]] which left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova eight years later]] (as depicted in ''Film/StarTrek2009''). And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, (also meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]])]] which left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download upload his memories into B-4 failed]].


* NeverLiveItDown: Will forever be known as the ''Star Trek'' film outperformed in its opening week by mediocre [[Music/JenniferLopez J-Lo]] comedy ''Film/MaidInManhattan'' (and then utterly annihilated by ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers The Two Towers]]'' a few days after that). Averted in one sense however, as people largely forget that its second week box office drop-off was the biggest ''ever'' for a major release percentage-wise... mostly because ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' and then ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' took over that title the following summer.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Credit where credit is due, the core concept of Shinzon as a character is ''awesome''. A [[EvilCounterpart dark mirror]] of Captain Picard who grew up in [[RaisedByOrcs the slave mines of Romulus]] instead of the utopian Federation, and has become his every equal in command and experience but his opposite in terms of morality? And who's become the heroic leader of a group of oppressed aliens, who has freed them from slavery and is seeking revenge against a government that's newly allied with the Federation? That sounds like the [[AntiVillain admirable]], [[TragicVillain sympathetic]] villain with understandable goals that the franchise has been chasing ever since ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]''. Except...Shinzon wins freedom for his people and gets his revenge on the Romulan government in ''the opening scene of the movie'', and then spends the rest of the movie wasting Creator/TomHardy's talent on striding around dimly lit bridges in [[FashionVictimVillain purple leather]], trying to [[GenericDoomsdayVillain destroy Starfleet]] for, uh, [[MotiveDecay reasons]], and most disgusting of all, [[GratuitousRape trying to rape Troi]] when he literally [[StupidEvil has only hours to live.]]

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Credit where credit is due, TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** It has to be admitted that
the core concept of Shinzon as a character is ''awesome''. A [[EvilCounterpart dark mirror]] of Captain Picard who grew up in [[RaisedByOrcs the slave mines of Romulus]] instead of the utopian Federation, and has become his every equal in command and experience but his opposite in terms of morality? And who's become the heroic leader of a group of oppressed aliens, who has freed them from slavery and is seeking revenge against a government that's newly allied with the Federation? That sounds like the [[AntiVillain admirable]], [[TragicVillain sympathetic]] villain with understandable goals that the franchise has been chasing ever since ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]''. Except...Shinzon wins freedom for his people and gets his revenge on the Romulan government in ''the opening scene of the movie'', and then spends the rest of the movie wasting Creator/TomHardy's talent on striding around dimly lit bridges in [[FashionVictimVillain purple leather]], trying to [[GenericDoomsdayVillain destroy Starfleet]] for, uh, [[MotiveDecay reasons]], and most disgusting of all, [[GratuitousRape trying to rape Troi]] when he literally [[StupidEvil has only hours to live.]]



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: You know, even with the AssPull involved in the Remans being Film/{{Nosferatu}} knockoffs and Shinzon and Picard being related, there were still seeds of a neat plot in there (that dinner scene isn't half bad). And the concept behind B4 isn't really too out there, since Dr. Soong did say prototypes existed prior to Data & Lore. And hey, the [[CoolStarship starship]] [[StuffBlowingUp fights]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome are pretty rad]]. But mash them together nonsensically, and throw in random car chases, and... well...

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
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You know, even with the AssPull involved in the Remans being Film/{{Nosferatu}} knockoffs (though even a "Romulan/Reman split" isn't a terrible idea in and of itself and people had actually ''asked'' about Remans going all the way back to [[Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror "Balance of Terror"]], it's just the makeup that is spectacularly goofy) and Shinzon and Picard being related, there were still seeds of a neat plot in there (that dinner scene isn't half bad). bad, and just in general you have a young ''Tom Hardy'' to work with on top of Ron Perlman being present as discussed above). And the concept behind B4 isn't really too actually completely out there, since Dr. Soong did say prototypes existed prior to Data & Lore. And hey, the [[CoolStarship starship]] [[StuffBlowingUp fights]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome are pretty rad]].great]] and are some of the finest ship choreography in the entire franchise (and ''easily'' the best movie ship choreography since ''Wrath of Khan''). But mash them together nonsensically, and throw in random car chases, and... well...



* VindicatedByHistory: It is still considered one of the worst Star Trek films by the majority of fans. ''However'', it has seen an unexpected re-evaluation by those who hate the Abrams film series enough to class it FanonDiscontinuity.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The ramming of the two ships was actually done with ''physical models'', not CGI.
* WTHCastingAgency: No mean to rank on Creator/TomHardy who gave an okay performance, but for someone who's supposed to be a clone of Picard, he and Creator/PatrickStewart look nothing alike! In fact, more than one critic joked that if anything, Shinzon looked and even acted more like [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] than Picard.
** Slightly handwaved in the dinner scene and the novelization, where Shinzon explains that his face is different from Picard's due to being beaten in the dilythium mines many, many times. Essentially, he experienced a childhood of abuse, where Picard didn't. (Doesn't account for the thick, voluptuous lips of Hardy, however. Or the ''photo of Hardy as young Picard.'')

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* VindicatedByHistory: It is still considered one of the worst Star Trek films by the majority of fans. ''However'', it has seen an unexpected re-evaluation by those who hate the Abrams film series enough to class it FanonDiscontinuity.
FanonDiscontinuity. This is assisted by the general presence of, well, Creator/TomHardy, as well as an increasing appreciation for just how tight the ship combat choreography and effects are, especially given it's a turn of the millennium film!
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome:
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The ramming of the two ships was actually done with ''physical models'', not CGI.
** As noted, the ship choreography is among some of the absolute best in the entire franchise, and was a step up from some of the previous movies and some of the set-pieces in the shows (where the action on screen sometimes didn't match up with the script and dialogue, whereas here everything is pitch-perfect throughout). This is something science fiction and action shows twenty-plus-years on, even the film's own ''Trek''mates, can still struggle to do as well. The depiction of the combat in this movie had a huge influence on later ''Trek'' game works, especially ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.
* WTHCastingAgency: No mean WTHCastingAgency:
** Not
to rank on Creator/TomHardy who gave an okay performance, but for someone who's supposed to be a clone of Picard, he and Creator/PatrickStewart look nothing alike! In fact, more than one critic joked that if anything, Shinzon looked and even acted more like [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] than Picard.
** Slightly handwaved in the dinner scene and the novelization, where Shinzon explains that his face is different from Picard's due to being beaten in the dilythium mines many, many times. Essentially, he experienced a childhood of abuse, where Picard didn't. (Doesn't account for the thick, voluptuous lips of Hardy, however. Or the ''photo of Hardy as young Picard.'')
Picard which retcons a popular TNG episode''.)


* SequelInAnotherMedium: ''Literature/StarTrekShatnerverse'' novel 'Captain's Blood' involves Kirk and Picard investigating the fall out of the events of Nemesis. In addition, the book fleshes out the background the the Remens and Shinzon.
** ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' opening instalment, 'Taking Wing' also explores the events directly after Nemesis.


** Chuck Sonnenburg of Website/SFDebris has suggested that Shinzon's long string of [[IdiotBall idiotic]] [[BondVillainStupidity decisions]] throughout the film, is that his already major inferiority complex towards Picard due to being [[CloningBlues a clone]], leads him to subconsciously self-sabotage himself at every opportunity because he secretly ''wants'' to lose.

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** Chuck Sonnenburg of Website/SFDebris has suggested that Shinzon's long string of [[IdiotBall idiotic]] [[BondVillainStupidity decisions]] throughout the film, is that his already major inferiority complex towards Picard due to being [[CloningBlues a clone]], clone]] leads him to subconsciously self-sabotage himself at every opportunity because he secretly ''wants'' to lose.


* {{Sequelitis}}: The financial failure of ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' previously threatened to put an end to the Trek films, but ''Nemesis'' made good upon that threat (at least for the ''TNG'' cast). At the time it was released, many regarded this as an okayish film that had the bad luck to be released in perhaps the busiest holiday season of the modern era. Nowadays it tends to be considered the worst ''Star Trek'' film, or at least in a four-way tie with ''[[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier The Final Frontier]]'', ''[[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'', and ''[[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture The Motion Picture]]'' for that dishonor; it's also the most damaging of the ''Star Trek'' failures and has earned [[CreatorBacklash unbridled hatred]] from [[FourIsDeath four]] of its cast members.

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* {{Sequelitis}}: The financial failure of ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' previously threatened to put an end to the Trek ''Trek'' films, but ''Nemesis'' made good upon that threat (at least for the ''TNG'' cast). At the time it was released, many regarded this as an okayish film that had the bad luck to be released in perhaps the busiest holiday season of the modern era. Nowadays In general, it tends to be one of three ''Trek'' films -- the other two being ''The Final Frontier'' and ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' -- that are considered the worst ''Star Trek'' film, or at least in a four-way tie with ''[[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier The Final Frontier]]'', ''[[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'', and ''[[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture The Motion Picture]]'' for that dishonor; it's also the most damaging of the ''Star Trek'' failures and has earned [[CreatorBacklash unbridled hatred]] from [[FourIsDeath four]] of its cast members.franchise.


* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Creator/BrentSpiner wrote [[spoiler:Data's death]] into the film because he thought that he was getting too old to play an ageless android. Since ''Nemesis'', DigitalDeaging's been developed and become a helpful piece of VFX in allowing older performers to appear as younger versions of themselves. Thus, the trailer ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' has Spiner playing [[spoiler:Data/[=B4=]]] again.

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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Creator/BrentSpiner wrote [[spoiler:Data's death]] into the film because he thought that he was getting too old to play an ageless android. Since ''Nemesis'', DigitalDeaging's been developed and become a helpful piece of VFX in allowing older performers to appear as younger versions of themselves. Thus, the trailer ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' has Spiner playing [[spoiler:Data/[=B4=]]] [[spoiler:Data]] again.


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** For years it was assumed that the infamous "car chase" sequence was the result of a WagTheDirector moment on the part of Patrick Stewart, who is known to be a big fan of driving. Stewart later clarified that the scene was actually director Stuart Baird's idea, and that his only contribution was suggesting that Picard be the one behind the wheel instead of Riker, as was originally scripted.


* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler:Data again. This is pretty much canon now, with his resurrection being a plot point in the {{backstory}} for ''Film/StarTrek2009''.]]

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* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler:Data again. This is pretty much canon now, with his resurrection being a plot point in the {{backstory}} for ''Film/StarTrek2009''.''Film/StarTrek2009'' -- until ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that the download failed and B-4 crashed.]]


* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova eight years later (as depicted in ''Film/StarTrek2009''). And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, (also meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]])]] which left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova eight years later later]] (as depicted in ''Film/StarTrek2009''). And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, (also meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]])]] which left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].


* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova in ''Film/StarTrek2009'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films.]] And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, (also meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]])]] which left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova eight years later (as depicted in ''Film/StarTrek2009'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films.]] ''Film/StarTrek2009''). And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, (also meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]])]] which left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].


* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova in ''Film/StarTrek2009'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films.]] And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]].]] this leaving Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova in ''Film/StarTrek2009'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films.]] And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, (also meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]].]] this leaving valid]])]] which left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].


* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova in ''Film/StarTrek2009'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films.]] And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that this left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova in ''Film/StarTrek2009'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films.]] And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that [[spoiler:Starfleet did not help the Romulans at all, meaning [[VillainHasAPoint Nero's hatred for the Federation is perfectly valid]].]] this left leaving Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].


* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova in ''Film/StarTrek2009'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films.]] And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that this left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet.

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* HarsherInHindsight: The movie ends hinting at more positive relations between the Federation and the Romulans in the near future. But it never happens because [[spoiler:the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova in ''Film/StarTrek2009'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films.]] And then, ''Series/StarTrekPicard'' establishes that this left Picard so heartbroken that he retired from Starfleet. It also reveals that [[spoiler:Data's attempt to download his memories into B-4 failed]].

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** Picard teasing Worf about his reluctance to appear naked and asking him what he could possibly be hiding becomes truly snicker-worthy when ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' reveals [[ExoticEquipment an interesting detail about Klingon genitalia]].


** To an extent. The film is generally considered to be a (temporary) FranchiseKiller for ''Franchise/StarTrek'', but the truth is that the franchise had been in decline for several years before hand; though not nearly as bad, ''[[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'' was also poorly received (for that matter, on the TV side, both ''Voyager'' and ''Enterprise'' were equally polarizing; even the franchise's biggest supporters were starting to feel like it needed a rest.) Of course, this movie's unpopularity certainly didn't help things. Plus it's widely thought that it would have at least earned back its budget like ''Insurrection'' had, if not for the fact that [[DuelingMovies it was released in the same week as]] ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]''.
** This takes us to another case of this trope. Many, including Berman himself, have tended to blame this film's massive financial failure on ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]''. While this did not help, and it's true that the two films share some overlap in demographics the fact remains that a strong movie will be able to withstand another big release the following week. Other Star Trek movies have had to face some extremely stiff competition but all did much better than this one; ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]'' for instance was released the week before the mega-hit ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', and yet still was a box-office success. What Berman and co. tend to gloss over is that this movie also lost to the Jennifer Lopez comedy ''Film/MaidInManhattan'' and then dropped 76.2% on its second week to ''ninth place'' (one of the largest drops ever for a major release, and at the time ''the'' largest for a film to have opened on over 2,000 screens). Stiff competition, as well as bad word of mouth and lack of interest is what ultimately sealed this movie's fate.

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** To an extent. The film is generally considered to be a (temporary) FranchiseKiller for ''Franchise/StarTrek'', but the truth is that the franchise had been in decline for several years before hand; though not nearly as bad, ''[[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'' was also poorly received (for that matter, on the TV side, both ''Voyager'' and ''Enterprise'' were equally polarizing; even the franchise's biggest supporters were starting to feel like it needed a rest.) Of course, this movie's unpopularity certainly didn't help things. Plus it's widely thought that it would have at least earned back its budget like ''Insurrection'' had, if not for the fact that [[DuelingMovies it was released in the same week as]] ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers The Two Towers]]''.
** This takes us to another case of this trope. Many, including Berman himself, have tended to blame this film's massive financial failure on ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers The Two Towers]]''. While this did not help, and it's true that the two films share some overlap in demographics the fact remains that a strong movie will be able to withstand another big release the following week. Other Star Trek movies have had to face some extremely stiff competition but all did much better than this one; ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]'' for instance was released the week before the mega-hit ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', and yet still was a box-office success. What Berman and co. tend to gloss over is that this movie also lost to the Jennifer Lopez comedy ''Film/MaidInManhattan'' and then dropped 76.2% on its second week to ''ninth place'' (one of the largest drops ever for a major release, and at the time ''the'' largest for a film to have opened on over 2,000 screens). Stiff competition, as well as bad word of mouth and lack of interest is what ultimately sealed this movie's fate.



* NeverLiveItDown: Will forever be known as the ''Star Trek'' film outperformed in its opening week by mediocre [[Music/JenniferLopez J-Lo]] comedy ''Film/MaidInManhattan'' (and then utterly annihilated by ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'' a few days after that). Averted in one sense however, as people largely forget that its second week box office drop-off was the biggest ''ever'' for a major release percentage-wise... mostly because ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' and then ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' took over that title the following summer.

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* NeverLiveItDown: Will forever be known as the ''Star Trek'' film outperformed in its opening week by mediocre [[Music/JenniferLopez J-Lo]] comedy ''Film/MaidInManhattan'' (and then utterly annihilated by ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers The Two Towers]]'' a few days after that). Averted in one sense however, as people largely forget that its second week box office drop-off was the biggest ''ever'' for a major release percentage-wise... mostly because ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' and then ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' took over that title the following summer.

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