Imax contributed $2 million from 334 locs starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday

Paramount’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” launched into Stateside theaters with $3.3 million, including $1.3 million from midnight screenings on Thursday. The film’s exclusive Imax bow starting 8 p.m. Wednesday contributed $2 million from 334 locations.

Internationally, meanwhile, the $190 million-budgeted film has grossed north of $40 million through Wednesday. Pic bowed last weekend in seven markets and expands to 33 (or 50% of the overseas market place) this weekend.

Domestic prospects for the “Star Trek” sequel are tracking the in the $100 million-plus range. The film’s upside is helped by the large-format presentation, which currently is overselling most other locations in major U.S. markets.

“We are operating at warp speed right now,” said Imax prexy Greg Foster. “The hourlies are terrific.”

“Into Darkness” expands nationwide today to more than 6,800 Stateside engagements.

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