I've nothing in particular against JJ Abrams, but... so what?
If there's one thing I've learned over years of watching and reading the good and the bad, it's that popularity and quality have no discernible relationship to each other. (Shakespeare and Dickens were among the most popular authors of their day... many other popular authors of the same day have fallen into well-deserved obscurity.)
So, to my mind, box-office numbers prove absolutely nothing about whether a film's worth seeing - one way or the other.
No offense to you or JJ, but Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (arguably the WORST Star Wars film of all time) grossed $474,544,677 domestically in 1999 dollars ... which would be worth $665,560,556.80 in 2013 thanks to inflation.
Just because people pay money to watch a movie doesn't mean the movie is good.
According to boxofficemojo.com there are 66 feature films that have domestic grosses greater than the first "JJ Trek" film and more than 20 of those films I would personally say are absolutely horrible.
Again, ticket sales don't really speak to the quality of a film or a director ... it just speaks to how willing the public was to pay for tickets.
It's probably why there is no Oscar given for highest box office gross.
In the immortal words of Captain Sisko: "It may not be what you believe, but that doesn't make it wrong."