Every TNG movie made less money than the prior one. It was a downward spiral for the franchise until the 2009 reboot.
Thes big decision makers are the same people who brought us Insurrection and Nemsis. Each is a stinking POS movie. Have you seen them? I hope not.
But at least they killed Kirk to improve the box office take for these poorly written movies. They would even be considered bad as TV episodes.
Here are the TNG movie box office numbers:
Star Trek: First Contact $92,027,888
Star Trek: Generations $75,671,125
Star Trek: Insurrection $70,187,658
Star Trek: Nemesis $43,254,409
For comparison, here is a commonly ridiculed TOS movie:
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home $109,713,132
These TOS movies did better than all TNG's except First Contact:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture $82,258,456
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $78,912,963
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock $76,471,046
This one sits right in the middle of the TNG numbers:
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country $74,888,996
I wonder how much LESS the TNG movies would have made if Kirk had not had a bridge dropped on him? </sarc>
Btw, The movie's original ending had Soran shoot Kirk in the back as the cause of death. Test audiences freaked, and they re-shot the ending to be the bridge scene instead.
Because of the shitty TNG movies, everyone that worked on Star Trek was fired SIMULTANEOUSLY after Enterprise was cancelled in May, 2005. There were NO Star Trek employees until the 2009 reboot.
This is the most mismanaged cultural icon of a franchise ever. It takes a lot of mismanagement to put Star Wars in second place. They might have been first, but they are raking in zillions, which Star Trek seems unable to do.
I'd like to ask the geniuses who threatened to kill Kirk off screen anyway, "How's that box office improvement working out for you?"