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Both films will debut a day or two early.

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 14, 2009

Two major debut schedule changes to pass along from Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Most summer titles usually debut earlier the previous night or debut on Wednesday instead of the normal Friday date if the film is one of those highly-anticipated affairs. According to various box office websites around the web, Warner Bros. will be unleashing their sixth installment of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Wednsday, July 15, 2009. The previous date was set for Friday (midnight showings), July 17, 2009.

Fans should expect a new trailer for the sixth film on Thursday, April 16th. When it comes online, we'll pass along to you.

The next Harry Potter adventure stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, David Bradley, Jessie Cave, Frank Dillane, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Helen McCrory, Natalia Tena, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Bonnie Wright. Director David Yates was once again behind the camera, based on a screenplay by Steven Kloves.

Paramount Pictures has likewise moved their debut of Star Trek ahead a few hours. The studio has decided to launch it ahead of schedule a few hours with 7p.m. showings on May 7, 2009. The previous date was a midnight premiere on May 8, 2009.

The Abrams'-directed feature stars John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy.



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hanso 4/14/2009 5:16:09 PM

July 8 2009?  WHAT?  Star Trek was opening May 8th wasn't it?


WarCry 4/14/2009 5:21:15 PM

I think that was just a stray, random typo that attacks the best of us....

StarlightGuard 4/14/2009 6:01:55 PM

Paramount must be a little worried to move Trek up a day, seeing as how that entire month is just back to back brand new releases every frikkin week.

But, oddly enough, I don't think there was much going on around Potter's release date.

Hey Jarrod, why don't you see if you can push up Jacob's level of irresistibility? :)

JarrodSarafin 4/14/2009 6:30:23 PM

As WarCry says...It was a case of "When Typos Attack". Fixed.

No word yet whether Jacob will enter lusty staring contests with Bella a day early, Starlight. But it wouldn't be a surprise if they did premiere it at midnight or the night before.

madmanic999 4/14/2009 7:49:06 PM

I hate to admit it as a die hard Jedi, but Trek actually looks pretty sweet, just hop it lives up to the trailers...  I think I'm all Pottered out though.

almostunbiased 4/14/2009 7:49:39 PM

The sooner the better for both.

5thCousinRemovedofHanso 4/14/2009 11:31:53 PM

This seems to be an adopted tradition for big tent pole movies these days, open up a day or two early...


Hobbs 4/15/2009 7:12:21 AM

I wonder if that is select theaters or country wise?  I knew there was more buzz with this Star Trek movie but Star Trek has never been a midnight kind of showing franchise.  Usually that's reserved for the 70-100 mil opening weekend type of movies. 

As I have pointed out before seeing how only 1 ST movie has ever made over 100 mil I think this is a stretch.  I have a feeling getting tickets for these early shows are not going to be a problem at the walk up window.  Not that I think its going to bomb but I don't think its going to make those kind of numbers opening weekend.

Wiseguy 4/15/2009 7:25:53 AM

Hobbs, I said it before and I'll say it again. This will be the biggest Trek of them all, the ones fans have been clamoring for since part 2. I have it in my top 5 for the summer. Unfortunately I think Wolverine is the one that's going to suffer because of this so it better have a huge opening but with word of mouth a bit tepid I'm not sure what to expect.

kwsupes 4/15/2009 8:11:51 AM

I think Potter and Trek will benefit from the early openings. From what I have seen Star Trek looks like it is going to deliver the goods, however I want to keep my expectations a little low so that I really enjoy the film. The movie I am most concerned about is Wolverine. At times I get really excited about it, but then others I kind of think it looks more like Elektra. The Donners have enough confidence in it to already be working on an Xmen First Class movie so it must be ok, but I agree with Wiseguy if it does not slay the first weekend than it is going to have to ride on good word of mouth because I really think Star Trek and Terminator will eclispe it . If it were me I would have released this movie in March and I know that Marvel didn't or Fox for that matter didn't want to do that because of Watchmen, but I think I would have found a time with less competition, but hey it could end up doing Iron Man numbers then again it could do Speed Racer numbers who knows. Smart Money is still on Trek and Terminator though.

Here's another thought, if they end up making X Men First Class, why not have Richard Donner direct it, I mean I know he was just an "advisor" on Wolverine, but come on the guy has made consistently enjoyable movie for thirty years. Of course I still want him to have another shot at Superman, but I know that won't happen.

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