Star Trek Into Darkness will now be released in the UK on 9th May 2013, according to Deadline, a week earlier than expected. The shift means that JJ Abrams’ much anticipated sequel to his 2009 blockbuster, Star Trek, will now arrive in the UK more than a week before the US, where it is due on 17th May.
Here’s the announcement:
The UK release of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darkness has officially been moved up by a week to May 9 when it will go out in IMAX 3D, 3D and 2D cinemas. Paramount currently has the film set for a May 17 release in the States with IMAX 3D screenings on May 15. The shift has led some to wonder if the U.S. date may move to May 9 as well, but then what would happen to all those Super Bowl viewers who unlocked movie tickets for special early showings on the 15th? Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the film, just tweeted: “Looks like Star Trek Into Darkness will land in the UK first. Release date May 9th. That’s about 8 weeks away. Not long considering.” There have also been rumblings that the movie would get a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival which runs from May 15-26, but I’ve heard that is not the case. The new release date would seem to support that since movies are rarely screened in Cannes after they’ve premiered big elsewhere.
Star Trek Into Darkness will now crucially arrive in the UK two weeks after Iron Man 3, which is released on 25th April, and slightly over two weeks before Fast and Furious 6 and The Hangover Part 3, which are both released on 24th May 2013.
This move is crucial because the UK is a major market and this release shift will allow an opportunity for the film to maximise its opening gross potential. It will also enable the sequel to establish a firm financial footing within the box-office for the remainder of its run.
The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve and Bruce Greenwood.