FX Networks Acquires 'Thor: The Dark World,' 'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips' and Other Box Office Hits

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November 11th, 2013

Thor The Dark World

via press release:

New Acquisitions Include GravityCaptain Phillips
And This Weekend’s Box Office Juggernaut Thor: The Dark World
LOS ANGELES, November 11, 2013 — FX Networks continues to throw down the hammer on acquiring top theatrical films, most recently claiming the commercial television premiere rights to Thor: The Dark World – the #1 grossing film at the box office this weekend, raking in $86 million.  Thor: The Dark World, part of the successful output deal between FX Networks and Marvel, will be available to the FX suite of channels beginning in 2015.
FX Networks has dominated the fall season, locking in an impressive and diverse roster that includes the critically acclaimed Gravity and Captain Phillips, and the hit films Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and Prisoners. 
Continuing its banner year, FX has acquired eight of the Top Ten biggest box-office hits and roughly two thirds of the Top 30 films in 2013.  In addition, films acquired by FX Networks have finished #1 at the box office in 30 of 45 weeks in 2013.
The Top Ten grossing films of 2013 acquired by FX Networks includes Iron Man 3, which stands #1 (with over $400 million dollars to date), Despicable Me 2Man of SteelFast and Furious 6Star Trek Into DarknessWorld War ZGravity, and The Croods.
In addition to Thor: The Dark World, FX’s other major title acquisitions to have claimed the top spot at the box office this year, and to have grossed over $100 million, include The HeatIdentity ThiefGrown Ups 2,The WolverineThe Hangover Part IIIPacific Rim, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
FX Networks has the largest library of acquired theatrical films and the most commercial television premieres of any television service.  FX Networks’ suite of channels – FX, FXX and FXM – features movies across all genres in primetime and all dayparts.
About FX Networks
FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox, is comprised of FX, FXM, and its newest channel, FXX, which launches on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, which is carried in more than 97 million homes. Its diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas, including Sons of AnarchyJustifiedThe Americans, and critically acclaimed new drama The Bridge; the miniseries American Horror Story; and the acclaimed hit comedy series LouieArcher and . Its library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any commercial television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half MenAnger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly.  Launched in September of 2013 and is carried in more than 72 million homes FXX features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaThe LeagueLegit, and Wilfred the critically acclaimed latenight strip, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.  FXM was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in more than 49 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day, and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming.  Over the next several years, FX, FXX and FXM will undergo an ambitious programming expansion, with the three networks combining to deliver more than 25 original scripted series.
  • TBM

    I can’t imagine ever watching these movies on pay television. I go out of my mind with the commercial interruptions.

  • SZL

    FX is cleaning up all the blockbusters! They must have deep pockets.

  • coonio

    what? they show commercials during pay-TV? crazy america

  • Tyson


    No commercials on premium channels like HBO and Showtime. People pay a monthly subscription to watch them.

    There are commercials on basic-cable networks like FX and USA. There is no extra charge for those channels.

  • Joe

    This puts pressure on HBO and Showtime to develop more original programming or else no one will pay a premium.

  • Quentin

    Do people really wait until it comes out on TV anymore? I’ll rent it at Redbox.

  • TV Viewer

    Gravity is one of the rare movies that should be seen in IMAX and 3D. Watching it on TV is just not going to be as good as seeing it in a giant screen theater.
    Seeing it in IMAX, (even if it’s fake IMAX, or Liemax), and 3D makes it feel more like being in outer space.
    It’s like watching Lawrence of Arabia on a small screen, when it was really made to be seen in a giant screen theater.
    I normally don’t like 3D, but, Gravity is one of the few films that really make the most of it, as well as IMAX.
    I am sure many people seeing Gravity on TV for the first time will not have the same experience that those people who saw it in IMAX and 3D had.

  • Larry123

    @Tyson and Joe

    HBO is not in competition with basic cable channels like FX. HBO is a premium subscription channel that already has the premium cable TV rights to air “Gravity” first. HBO holds rights to air all movies produced by Warner Bros. (studio produced “Gravity”), Universal, Fox and Summit Entertainment typically 9 months after the movies are out in theaters.

    Premium channels like HBO are ALWAYS the first to air the most recent theatrical releases that came out. Typically premium channels like HBO have an 18 month window of exclusive rights to air the movies and then they go to basic channels like FX, USA, E! where the movies air for 5 years and then revert back to premium cable for the rights. They are never in direct competition.

    That is how television works. HBO is more in competition with Starz, Showtime, Epix, Netflix, etc.

    HBO will be airing Gravity next year in 2014. FX probably won’t start airing the movie until late 2015, early 2016.

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