FX Networks has acquired this weekend box office champ, the Mark Wahlberg feature Lone Survivor, as part of its latest moving buying binge. Also picked up by FX: Oscar contenders (and Golden Globe winners) The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle.
FX also landed audience pleasers including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, as well as 47 Ronin, Rush and The Counselor.
Lone Survivor, starring Wahlberg as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who received the Navy Cross for his actions while facing Taliban fighters in 2005, made $37.8 million at the box office this weekend, its first in wide release.
Wolf of Wall Street, which just landed star Leonardo DiCaprio a Golden Globe award for best actor in a comedy or musical, has scored $78.4 million in ticket sales after three weeks of release. And American Hustle, which won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical (as well as awards for stars Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams), just passed $101.3 million at the box office after five weeks.
The buys are a part of a long-term strategy at FX Networks to surround its original series with recent films. The movies will all be available for FX's various networks (FX, FXX and FXM) in 2015.
But FX's aggressive movie buying strategy is also the cornerstone of FXNOW, the new "TV Everywhere" app that has begun to roll out to authenticated subscribers of participating cable and satellite operators. Currently available to around 50 percent of FX subscribers, the FXNOW app will feature between 45 and 60 titles per month to viewers whose TV package includes both FX and FXM. By 2015, the FXNOW app will boast more than 200 titles that will not be available on subscription on-demand services like Netflix.
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