I still can't believe Beyond wasn't a bigger hit. I loved that movie.
As much as I loved Into Darkness, it's the movie that was wrapped in a shitty, Wrath of Khan wrapper. Going back to that well after the TNG era did nothing BUT try to copy its formula lost the interest of a lot of movie goers and those Trek fans (like myself) who grew disenfranchised in that era. It was a sense of "Oh, they're doing this formula again?"
Beyond was what the second film of the franchise ought to have been, even though Into Darkness was needed to get Kirk from the 09 film to the Kirk we saw in Beyond.
It was just too little, too late. And even then with Pine's career exploding after Beyond, it was always iffy as to whether or not he'd go back to a franchise like Trek, that notoriously tends to stagnate the careers of the actors who partake in it. Bakula had to wait nine years before he was a lead actor in a series again.