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FX Picks Up Rights To ‘Other Guys,’ ‘Takers’

By | Thursday September 2, 2010 @ 8:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: FX has added two more No.1 summer movies to its roster, acquiring the TV rights to Sony’s The Other Guys and Takers, both expected to fit right into the cable net’s core male demo. As part of the five-movie package deal with Sony Pictures TV, FX also picked up 3 other 2010 titles, romantic drama Dear John, which also opened at No.1 in February, urban comedy Death at a Funeral and the Jennifer Aniston-Gerard Butler action comedy The Bounty Hunter. Terms for the acquisition are said to be standard, with license fees in the 10-12% of the domestic box-office range, depending on each movie’s overall performance. The Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg starrer The Other Guys is the biggest grosser among the 5 as the buddy cop comedy just passed the $100 million mark at the domestic boxoffice. The Screen Gems crime thriller Takers, which snuck up on The Last Exorcism to claim the top boxoffice spot this past weekend, has amassed $24 million to date. Dear John, starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, grossed $80 million, Death at a Funeral: $42.7 million and Bounty Hunter: $67 million. Other Guys, Takers and Dear John join a slew of other top summer/spring movies FX had picked up, including Iron Man 2 (through the network’s output deal with Marvel), Shrek Forever After and How To Train Your Dragon (through its output deal with DreamWorks … Read More »

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‘The Other Guys’ Beats ‘Inception’ For #1; ‘Step Up 3D’ Takes Big Leap Backwards

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: It’s looking like a down box office weekend in the U.S. and Canada with total grosses of $133 million, which is -9% compared to last year’s. Here are Friday’s and Saturday’s numbers with weekend and cume grosses:

1. The Other Guys (Sony) expectedly knocked off Inception as the #1 domestic movie with a right-on-target $13.2 million Friday and $12.6 million Saturday and an estimated $9.8 million today from 3,651 theaters. That was a very big $35.6M opening weekend for the $90M budget buddy cop comedy. Sony Pictures’ summer hit streak (Karate Kid – $173M, Grown Ups – $152M, Salt - $78M) continues with what the studio believes will be another strong performer this weekend. Opening weekend exit surveys showed the gender breakdown for the film skewed male (56%) and somewhat younger with 55% under 25,  including 18% under 17.

If the Adam McKay pic had tanked, then Will Ferrell’s career would have tanked with it after Land Of The Lost. But The Other Guys opened as Will’s 2nd biggest pic and 2nd highest with McKay. Together, they’re 3 for 3: Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers. The film was helped considerably by Ferrell’s and Mark Wahlberg’s willingness to sell it anywhere and everywhere. ”Our stars did a ton for us — all of the talk shows and lots of print coverage,” a Sony exec told me. “I think the one that really stood out included Will and Mark at Comic-Con where they hosted quite possibly the funniest panel in its history.” (… Read More »

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