With a newly minted subtitle, G.I. Joe: Retaliation steps in for the now to-be-determined Star Trek sequel. Previously scheduled for Aug. 10, the action sequel is the only new nationwide release currently set for June 29, though it will have to contend with The Amazing Spider-Man just four days later on July 3. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opened back in August 2009 but wasn't a blockbuster, making $150.2 million, and the audience reception wasn't strong (Box Office Mojo readers gave it a "C"). That means the sequel won't be riding on much momentum.
Paramount now has no movies officially scheduled for the second half of 2012, outside of DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians on Nov. 21. The Star Trek sequel is a candidate to change that if it can be done in time for the holiday season, though that period already features the likes of the latest James Bond movie in November and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Lone Ranger in December.
The previous Star Trek opened in May 2009, beaming up a stellar $257.7 million. Sequels tend to stay in the same month as their predecessors, but only one weekend in May 2013 has an opening for an action spectacle: May 10, which would be the same slot that the first movie had in 2009.