STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Sells out May 15th IMAX 3D Screenings; 2D and 3D Release Moved up to May 16th

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Like they did with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Paramount chose to stagger the release of Star Trek Into Darkness by releasing the film in IMAX before releasing it into theaters.  The IMAX 3D screenings were set for May 15th starting at 8pm, and 2D and 3D screenings were set for the 17th.  Now that all IMAX 3D screenings for May 15th have been sold out, Paramount has decided to say “screw it” to the extra day, and will now release the film on all screens on May 16th.

As a film critic, I will tell you why this is a tad disconcerting.  While press in New York and L.A. have seen the film and released their reviews, critics in other cities such as Atlanta, Boston, and Oklahoma City (these are the ones I can confirm), will not get to see the movie until 9pm Wednesday night.  I’ve been doing this for seven years, and this is the first time the press screening was after the film’s release.  This also means print critics won’t be able to meet their deadlines (I’ll be up until 2am writing my review, and posting it immediately).  This doesn’t mean the film is bad, but Paramount seems seriously worried about critics chiming in.  I will say that several years ago, Universal had a last-minute screening of MacGruber, and that film turned out to be great.  Of course, Star Trek Into Darkness is a much bigger movie.  Hit the jump for the press release.

star-trek-into-darkness-2-posterHere’s the press release:

IMAX® THEATRES ACROSS THE COUNTRY SELL OUT FOR “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS”

OPENING MOVES UP A DAY TO THURSDAY, MAY 16TH

HOLLYWOOD (May 7, 2013) – IMAX® theatres are reporting sell-outs of its special “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” sneak peek shows on Wednesday, May 15th, with showings in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, Houston, San Diego and Minneapolis now at capacity.  Interest continues to be strong at other IMAX locations across the country, which are offering fans the opportunity to be the first to see the film at 8:00 p.m. that evening.  In response, Paramount Pictures has moved the film’s Friday, May 17th release up a day to May 16th.

Tickets are available on the film’s first-of-its-kind movie App, a technology that allows users to delve deeper into the Star Trek universe, and can also be accessed via IMAX.com or through Fandango.com, Movietickets.com, as well as other ticketing platforms and at theatre box offices.  While supplies last, all 8:00 p.m. IMAX fan sneak attendees will receive a limited-edition IMAX FANFIX™ “Star Trek” Gallery 1988 movie print by Mark Englert.

The IMAX release of “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” will feature approximately 30 minutes of footage filmed with the extremely high-resolution IMAX® cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill more of the screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.

Paramount’s “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, is written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams.  Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci.  Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” opens in theaters everywhere May 16th, 2013.

 




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  • Workforaliving

    Oh no!?!? You had to stay up till 2AM to write a nitpicking review that could possibly take 30 minutes tops? Wow, you’re a tool. Suck it up, sometimes work sucks. And sometimes it has to be done outside of the normal 8am-5pm parameters.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      Sure. Why have the time to think about the film?

      • Alan Burnett

        “think”? Ha … so listing a group of plot holes is your idea of critical thinking, eh? No, your comments on the film show a complete lack of maturity and integrity on your part, and your subsequent lashing out – after a fair criticism of your lack of work ethic – shows that self-awareness isn’t one of your strong suits, either. You effectively used your review to throw a hissy fit at a film studio: the frustration of a rescheduled screening is the breaking point for your integrity, how pathetic is that? I have never seen someone with as little power as you wield corrupted so easily.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      Also, sometimes people have the conviction to sign their names to what they say, but you can also be an anonymous coward.

    • chanandeler

      Dude, your comment seems to have been made purely out of lets-thrash-goldberg bandwagon.

      • chanandeler

        *to jump into the
        jeez collider your site is terrible when viewed in mobile.

  • Artoo Detoo

    They probably just want to cash in on an extra day. Critic reviews seem great so far so I’m not sure what they would want to hide at this point. Don’t worry about it.

    • chanandeler

      Have you SEEN the reviews? Also, the internet has kind of exploded on the film regarding the story.

      • Artoo Detoo

        Rotten tomatoes is at 81 and metacritic is at 74. Looks fine to me. I’m sure some people didn’t like it, but overall the reaction seems positive.

        I’m sure the internet is talking a lot about the date being moved up one day, I just don’t see the whole internet saying it’s part of some conspiracy to hide advance reviews. But maybe I’m missing something, you feel differently?

      • chanandeler

        No, not that. It’s got to do with the plot. Dont check if you dont know yet. Huge spoilers.

  • Nic

    If they’re worried about critic reviews, how come AUS critics as well as LA and NY ones will have theirs out by then? For me this seems “worried about getting as much money as possible” which coincidentally means

  • Nic

    If they\’re worried about critic reviews, how come AUS critics as well as LA and NY ones will have had theirs out by then? For me this seems \"worried about getting as much money as possible\" which coincidentally means being a pain for reviewers who haven’t already seen it.

  • Steven Edwards

    Didn’t this happen with Rise of the Planet of the Apes too Matt? I recall that not being screened (or maybe just allowing reviews out) until either Wednesday or Thursday before the release and that turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Most reviews I’ve seen on Rotten Tomatoes seem to be like 4 out of 5 stars and just saying it’s good but doesn’t quite reach great. We’ll see though, still excited

  • Steven Edwards

    Didn\’t this happen with Rise of the Planet of the Apes too Matt? I recall that not being screened (or maybe just allowing reviews out) until either Wednesday or Thursday before the release and that turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Most reviews I\’ve seen on Rotten Tomatoes seem to be like 4 out of 5 stars and just saying it\’s good but doesn\’t quite reach great. We\’ll see though, still excited

  • Sean

    Or they don’t want a bunch of critics spoiling the plot twists. You are aware that this website has already posted a review which was glowing, right?

  • ron

    Good. Who gives a damn what these blowhard critics think anyway. Some blabbermouth critic will spill the beans in their review and let everyone know that Cumberbatch is KHAN or Gary Mitchell. Not that we already know this to be true.

  • charles

    you won’t get any money from me dumbasses at paramount, and dumbass jj. remake was shit and remake sequel looks shit, it already is, you shitted on star trek and you will shit and already have shitted on star wars. Stopped buying star trek and star wars merchandise, simply because of your pathetic association with both you dumbass jj abrams.

  • Mikey The Riot

    bahahaha…. this “story” just made my day. Honestly though, why say that? Paramount won’t change their minds just from reading that…

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