Yes Paramount is responsible. But at this point Paramount made perhaps the only logical choice—admittedly driven by their own epic mismanagement of Star Trek—to stop the production of future super-expensive Trek movies. The first two new Trek movies as has been demonstrated with production budgets and box office returns basically broke even. Star Trek Beyond probably lost Paramount more than 50 million dollars. Let's look at the numbers from box office mojo: Star Trek Beyond Domestic Total Gross: $158,848,340 Distributor: Paramount Release Date: July 22, 2016 Genre: Sci-Fi Adventure Runtime: 2 hrs. 0 min. MPAA Rating: PG-13 Production Budget: $185 million Total Lifetime Grosses Domestic: $158,848,340 46.2% + Foreign: $184,623,476 53.8% = Worldwide: $343,471,816 Since only about $172 million of the gross box office gets back to paramount, and since the production budget doesn't include worldwide advertising costs of at least $60 million, there's clearly a real loss on the theatrical release for Beyond of at least $70 million dollars. That's not some Hollywood accounting trick—it's lots of real money that's been vaporized by Star Trek. Since physical media has declined drastically in the last 5 years, and even most Trek fans were lukewarm at best about Beyond, it's highly unlikely that blu-ray sales for Beyond were significant. But let's say blu-ray plus streaming adds up to $20 million, that still means they've lost a large amount of money on this Trek, and didn't really make much money on the first two either. So I blame Paramount too, mainly for their massive mismanagement of the whole Trek franchise, but at this point a mercy killing seems the only way out. This whole reboot didn't respect much of the universe of Star Trek as it had been built up from 1964-2004. The whole-massive budget clean-slate approach instead has I think permanently damaged Star Trek. Star Trek Discovery, which for many Trek fans is a serious disappointment, has taken a similar approach with similar results.