Star Trek To Get Global Premiere – US Not The First

For the first time ever, a Star Trek movie is going to get at truly global premiere. In addition to the new wallpapers added to the official Star Trek site, Paramount has put up a new list of worldwide release dates for the movie. According to the list, the new Star Trek movie will premiere in 46 countries the week of May 8th 2009.


A Trek first – but more common these days
All of the previous Star Trek films opened to general audiences fist in the US (and Canada) with the rest of the world getting the film days, weeks and sometimes months later. For example, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan premiered in the US on June 4th, 1982, but did not open in the UK until the following month. Nemesis, opened in North America on December 13th, 2002, but it didn’t premiere in the UK until January 3rd, 2003. When JJ Abrams Star Trek was first set for a Christmas 2008 release, the foreign releases ranged from December 26th for a handful, with others in the Spring of 2009. However, now that the film is a ‘summer tent pole,’ things are very different.

In addition to opening in the US and Canada on Friday May 8th, 2009,the film will open in 22 other countries on the same day, including Brazil, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, the UK, and others. This alone is new for Trek, but even newer is that the US will not be first. Because films traditionally open on Wednesdays or Thursdays in many countries and because Paramount wants most of the world to have the film the same weekend, 22 countries will be getting Star Trek before the North America. The film will open first in France, Belgium and French Switzerland, on Wednesday May 6th. 19 other countries get the film the next day, including big countries like Germany and Australia and smaller ones like Slovenia and Lebanon. So good news for fans from Brussels to Buenos Aires to Beirut, while the ones in Boston to British Columbia will just have to wait until Friday.

Although new for Trek, these kind of massive global openings are becoming more and more common. Paramount gave Iron Man and Indy 4 similar global openings. Looking ahead to next May, all the big movies (Wolverine, Star Trek, Angels and Demons, Terminator 4) will open first outside the US. What will be interesting is to see if JJ Abrams Star Trek can also follow in the same mold as other summer blockbusters and make as much (or more) money overseas as it does domestically–something no Star Trek film has ever done. Star Trek films tend to make about 1/3 of their sales outside the US & Canada, mostly in the English speaking countries (UK, Australia, & New Zealand) and Germany. For this film to be a huge blockbuster it is going to have to expand that base.

For a full list of release dates, check out the official site, or see below.

Wednesday, May 6th 2009
Switzerland (French)

Thursday May 7th, 2009
New Zealand
Serbia & Montenegro
South Africa
Switzerland (German)

Friday May 8th, 2009
United Kingdom
United States

May 13th – July25th
Egypt (13-May-09)
India (26-May-09)
Hong Kong (28-May-09)
Poland (29-May-09)
Japan (6-Jun-09)
Korea (11-Jun-09)
Taiwan (25-Jul-09)


NOTE: for now the countdown clock is still set for the US/Canada opening. Maybe we need to add a ‘global’ opening too.


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July 19, 2008 12:06 am

This is one way to stay ahead of the pirates out there.

July 19, 2008 12:10 am

Hee Hee we in Oz get to see it before the US.

Sir Martman
July 19, 2008 12:15 am

Thursday May 7th, 2009 for New Zealand,,,

Time to start a countdown on my Bebo Page,,

:o )

Angry but i'll get over it
July 19, 2008 12:23 am

boy i guess this whole movie is about breaking away from tradition…o well, it should be broadcast in outer space before anywhere on this planet…if that makes sense

July 19, 2008 12:25 am

I work as a projectionist at a movie theater and there is no way the studios are not going to open this in the United States on Wednesday. The studios have always set the release dates for Fridays, but “change” them to Wednesday a week or two before the opening in order to get a few extra days of income out of them. Infact, they WILL have a pre-show on Wednesday at 12:00 a.m. This is just common Hollywood practice.

Point being: DON’T WORRY. You’ll see it on Wednesday.

Beam Me Up
July 19, 2008 12:26 am

Lucas always opens his movies on a Thursday, so that’s wrong.

July 19, 2008 12:36 am

It might officially open May 7th in Germany, but I’m quite sure that my beloved English cinema will pull some sort of sneak preview the day before. They did it with Indy 4 and it was quite cool to have seen the movie before even the Wikipedia page was updated with a plot synopsis : )

Anyway, I’m glad they’re now aiming for a global release. Gives me the feeling that the film keeps getting bigger and more important for Paramount. Which is a good thing.

July 19, 2008 12:41 am

Australia got The Dark Knight first and now we get Star Trek…………

July 19, 2008 1:01 am

OMG we’re getting the premiere! (I live in Belgium btw). Well that was truly out of a blue sky :D
My enthousiasm kinda dropped after the release date was pushed back so long, and I was under the impression that by the time the movie would be in theaters heren it’d be the end of 2009.
This is cool :D

July 19, 2008 1:03 am

BTW, i’ll be sure to drop some spoilers here, that evening on the 6th of may xD

July 19, 2008 1:06 am

HO I’m so happy to be french for once !

Benjamin Sisko
July 19, 2008 1:06 am


7th May 2009 in Crottia. :)

Benjamin Sisko
July 19, 2008 1:06 am


July 19, 2008 1:13 am

Fantastic! It will open in Norway too! :-)

We have not had a Trek movie in cinemas since Star Trek IV. :-(

July 19, 2008 1:19 am

I suppose a beaming elder Spock yelling “Jím” at Le Shat will sound great even in French…:)

July 19, 2008 1:28 am

May 8th in Hungary! :-))) Waay cool.

Nemesis hadn’t been shown in theatres here, it was only released on DVD. The last Trek movie in theatres here was Insurrection. I’m happy to be able to see the new film on the big screen.

Commodore Redshirt
July 19, 2008 1:48 am

Is there any word if the version opening in France, Belgium, and Switzerland will be in English and subtitled into French or will it be dubbed into French…
If there are subtitles, and the film’s in English, I may have to take that trip to Paris….

July 19, 2008 1:53 am

beam it out scotty!

July 19, 2008 2:00 am

I love Star Trek getting this blockbuster treatment. Just a shame we never got it with the proper original actors in the role in the 80s and 90s

Jim Smith
July 19, 2008 2:10 am

Films in London tend to sneak out theThursday before the release date, with Wednesday for really big releases [we big city folks are so impatient] so I’m confident of getting ahead o’ the game here. : )

Commodore Redshirt
July 19, 2008 2:15 am

I’m sorry, I should have addressed that question (#17) to CHARLES!

July 19, 2008 2:23 am

In any case – this is ONE movie I won’t download in advance of seeing. Just won’t do it. But as other have stated.. it will liekly open early at the last minute.

July 19, 2008 2:24 am

le 6 mai perfect !!! I’m french and it’s fantastic. je suis heureux happy !!!

may 6th is the the birthday of my daughter, it’s a great present for me… oups ! for her ! no really for me ! no for her… logically emotionnal

We’ll go together !!! super !!!

le 6 mai 2009, vive la France !!!

Stanky McFibberich
July 19, 2008 2:34 am

I am IN LINE already!

July 19, 2008 2:45 am

@17 Films in France usually get dubbed in french. However in Paris they show an VO (version originalle) in theatres later on in the evening.

In Belgium all movies are original with subtitles.

Enjoy paris ;)

July 19, 2008 2:46 am

And for the first time ever, in Italy we won’t have to wait for several months for the next Trek movie! :)

Commodore Redshirt
July 19, 2008 2:48 am

Re: 24. Stanky McFibberich
” I am IN LINE already! ”

Stanky, are you in Belgium, France, or Switzerland?

new startrek?
July 19, 2008 2:48 am

I have already seen the movie.

Time travel IS POSSIBLE.

July 19, 2008 3:01 am

The regular opening in the UK is a Friday, but the film will inevitably get a preview screening, possibly for charity, on the Wednesday or Thursday in a lot of cinemas.

Commodore Redshirt
July 19, 2008 3:02 am

Re #25 Bart;

Thanks for the info!
Now I just need to sell my wife on a trip to Paris.
(…and that won’t be hard to do.)
(..until she finds out WHY I want to go to Paris…)

July 19, 2008 3:06 am

They should have the world premiere aboard the international space station. That would make the headlines! First premiere in space.

NASA would be happy to do it because its publicity for them as well.

Harry Dog
July 19, 2008 3:20 am

Most big films in the UK open on Thursdays now as 29 Doom has said. Getting nearer and becoming realer all the time now.

July 19, 2008 3:26 am

In Paris, movies are always in VO, it will not a problem !!!

we’ll be the firsts !!! for once time it’s cool !!! génial !!! parfait !!!

ST will not be only in Paris !!! others cities will show movie in VO !!!

in france openings are always wednesday. le 6 mai est logical for us

Kiss from France !!!

July 19, 2008 3:27 am


May 8th in the Philippines!

Can’t wait!

July 19, 2008 3:30 am

Realy great news! :))

But I have a question. What does it mean Czech/Slovakia?? Yes, Czechoslovakia did exist, but we are separate countries since 1993!!

But whatever, huh?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that we will be part of global premiere. Just this will upset me every time.

Czech Republic

July 19, 2008 3:32 am

WOW, Iceland is getting it on May 8th ! Same day as in the US. With the previous Trek movie it didin’t premiere umtil 3-4 months later in Iceland than in the US. This is GREAT !!!!!

July 19, 2008 3:44 am

congrats to all you ferners!

July 19, 2008 4:00 am


Great idea! I’m sure they will go for it!

July 19, 2008 4:54 am

Anthony, is this list final? Because as I can see we didn’t get the premiere. As we, I mean Macedonia. If the list isn’t final, maybe we can do something about it. If you know anything… it will be much appreciated.

Macedonia says Hello to everyone.

July 19, 2008 5:45 am

@ 39 Q: I’m pretty sure that this list isn’t final. It’s mostly likely that those are the dates that have been set for now. Other countries will follow I’m sure.

July 19, 2008 6:15 am

I live in the Netherlands, Antwerp (Belgium) is only 30 min. from my hometown.. I already know for sure: I’m heading to Antwerp to see there the premiere of Star Trek!!! and the next day I will see it in the Netherlands hahahahaha!!!!

July 19, 2008 6:28 am

I think it’s cool that the new Star Trek is being launched in a global release. It’s a very Trek way of handling it and, in a way, is indicating that Star Trek has really matured into a global phenonema and not just an American one. Isn’t that what Star Trek is really about – The people of the Earth as one?

July 19, 2008 6:32 am

I think that’s really neat, but I still wish it were showing first in Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. I’m American myself, but I still think it’d be pretty cool.

July 19, 2008 6:35 am

I like it. Star Trek ftw!

July 19, 2008 6:44 am

I’m glad I live in Switzerland. We get it first. And most films are shown in the original language with french and german subtitles.

July 19, 2008 6:54 am

Only a week late in Japan? I was expecting months. Either way, it will be discussed to death in forums before I get to see it.

Chris M
July 19, 2008 7:08 am

May 7th here in Australia! :)

It’s awesome to have a date set in stone!

July 19, 2008 7:18 am

Florian: That sounds awful. TWO subtitles? Maybe this time, they’ll throw in Italian as well.

Tox Uthat
July 19, 2008 7:21 am

This is a very good sign of the studio’s confidence that XI can be huge.

July 19, 2008 8:18 am

Yep. Obviously they’re hoping for more international action on this movie than Trek movies are known for.