3:19pm PT by Liz Isenberg
FX Nabs TV Rights to 'Furious 7,' Four Other Films
Furious 7 is zipping over to FX.
The cable network has nabbed the exclusive commercial television rights to Universal’s latest blockbuster, which has earned almost $260 million domestically and could pass $1 billion worldwide this weekend, making it the first Universal title to do so in its original run.
The children’s animated film Home and the Nicholas Sparks’ romance The Longest Ride have also been nabbed by FX, as were Taken 3 and surprise blockbuster Kingsman: The Secret Service.
FX continues its track record as an aggressive purchaser of major box office hits with wide audience appeal. In 2014, FX Networks licensed 64 percent of all the year’s films that grossed more than $100 million.
Previous movie rights acquired by FX include Iron Man 3, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Avengers, Captain America and X-Men: First Class.
The features will be broadcast worldwide exclusively across FX's networks — FX, FXX and FXM.