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FX Adds 'MI 4,' 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Zoo' to Film Slate

The films join a roster that includes two-thirds of the top 20 box office hits of 2011.

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Film Still - P 2011
Paramount Pictures
"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol"

FX's prime movies capped a banner year by securing the rights to Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and We Bought a Zoo.

The male-skewing cable network announced Thursday that it has secured the broadcast rights to the films, which also join The Sitter, Puss in Boots, Real Steel, Immortals, Paranormal Activity 3 and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.

“We landed 19 films that grossed more than $100 million representing two-thirds of all films that topped that mark, which was by far our best year ever,” FX executive vp Chuck Saftler said in a statement announcing the news. “Our film library is deeper, stronger and more diverse than ever across all genres. Our movie lineup has been a key primetime ratings driver, and it continues to provide an outstanding lead-in platform for our original series.”

FX prime movies, home to 12 of the top 20 box office hits and 28 of the 50 highest-grossing films of 2011, posted a 21 percent ratings increase in total viewers and the key adults 18-49 demographic year-over-year.

Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, Tattoo and Zoo will debut early next year and in 2014. The cabler in 2011 also secured broadcast rights to Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Green Hornet and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, among others.

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