‘Star Trek’ sets bow for Mexico

Paramount pic to open on June 5

MEXICO CITY — Paramount has finally settled on June 5 as its Mexican release date for “Star Trek” in the latest flu-driven reshuffle of the summer calendar.

The sci-fi prequel was set to open last weekend, as it did Stateside, where it raked in $79.2 million.

“Star Trek” earned an estimated $36 million overseas — a number that almost certainly would have been a few ticks higher had the swine flu virus not brought Mexico to a halt late last month.

The virus that sparked worldwide pandemic fears drove authorities to shutter moviehouses in Mexico City from April 25 to May 7. That and a hotly contended order to space patrons at least seven feet apart in theaters spooked studios into pushing tentpole preems well back on the schedule.

The J.J. Abrams-helmed “Star Trek” will jump to warp speed here a week after the similarly delayed opening of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

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