Paramount has been shuffling their international Star Trek Into Darkness schedule around and now a number of territories will be getting the film a week before the official North American opening on May 17, 2013. Official openings will begin as early as May 9th in a number of countries including Germany. Full details below. [UPDATED: Fixed date for UK & Ireland]
Star Trek opening a week early in Australia, Mexico and some European countries
Paramount’s international arm has decided to move forward a number of release dates for Star Trek Into Darkness in a number of territories. The film will now open the week before the North American premiere on May 17th in a few markets. Here is the list of new early dates:
- Australia – May 9th
- New Zealand – May 9th
- Austria – May 9th
- Germany – May 9th
- Switzerland (German speaking areas) – May 9th
- United Kingdom – May 9th
- Ireland – May 9th
- Mexico – May 10th
Correction: UK and Ireland are May 9th (Dates on official site summary page are incorrect).
Note a number of other territories will get the film the same week as the USA but since they traditionally have openings on Wednesdays or Thursdays they will also be getting the film before North America. These include Wednesday May 15th openings in Egypt and Norway and Thursday May 16th openings in Chile, Peru, Lebanon, Singapore, Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia.
No change to North America release on May 17th
Sources at Paramount say that the international date moves were related to feeling that in some markets the film fit better into the calendar a week earlier based on competing films. However, TrekMovie has confirmed that the official US/Canada release date for Star Trek Into Darkness is still Friday May 17th and a spokesperson for Paramount says that regardless of the changes in some international dates, the USA/Canada date is firm.
Taking a look at the competition, May 10th features only two wide release openings: The Great Gastby and Tyler Perry’s We the Peeples. Iron Man 3 opens on May 3rd. In its Trek’s second domestic weekend (Friday May 24) the film will face the animated film Epic, Fast & Furious 6 and The Hangover III.
We have already reported that there will be special "fan sneak" IMAX screenings of the film on the evening of Wednesday May 15th, which was an exclusive for the Star Trek app.
A full list of release dates is available at ParamountPictures.com.