TNT, TBS pick up WB film package
'Terminator Salvation' among titles headed to the cable nets"Terminator Salvation" is headed to TNT as part of a 13-title Warner Bros. movie package nabbed by the network and sister cabler TBS.
The deal also includes recent openers "Watchmen" and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," Clint Eastwood's sleeper hit "Gran Torino" and three upcoming releases: Todd Phillips' "The Hangover"; the Steven Soderbergh/Matt Damon collaboration "The Informant"; and the Guy Ritchie-directed holiday release "Sherlock Holmes," starring Robert Downey Jr.
TNT and TBS have acquired exclusive TV rights to the 13 movies, which will begin airing on the cable networks about 30 months after their U.S. releases. "Salvation" is looking at an end-of-2011 network debut.
The license fee for the films is tied to their boxoffice performance and expected to average 10%-12% of their domestic grosses. After seven days in theaters, "Salvation" has amassed $69 million. Depending on how the movie does at the boxoffice, it would earn $15 million-$24 million from TNT.
Also included in the package are recent Warners releases "Observe & Report," "Inkheart" and "Pride & Glory" and upcoming horror flicks "The Box," starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden; "The Orphan," with Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard; and the Kate Beckinsale actioner "Whiteout."
With the pact, TNT and TBS join FX, which nabbed four recent No. 1 movies: "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Star Trek," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Monsters vs. Aliens."
FX's Sunday showing of the first "Night at the Museum" film broke the network's record for most-viewed acquired movie, with 3.7 million tuning in.