With stellar advanced ticket sales for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Paramount has bumped up the pic’s release date to Thursday, May 16, moving the nationwide release date closer to the exclusive Imax bow the day before starting at 8 p.m.
Imax is reporting sold-out screenings in major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston and Washington, D.C.
The earlier Stateside bow is meant to capitalize more on fan excitement of seeing the film in Imax, as well as provides a jump-start to the weekend. Pic’s tracking at north of $90 million for the three days.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” reunites helmer J.J. Abrams with cast members from the first film including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin. Newcomers to the franchise include Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve.