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By Nellie Andreeva
On the eve of “2012’s” blockbuster $225 million opening weekend, FX snappedup TV rights to Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic movie.
Appropriately, the Sony movie will make its debut on the basiccable network in the beginning of 2012.
In addition to “2012,” FX has acquired another Sony film thatopened at No. 1 this fall, the horror comedy “Zombieland,” whichwill be available at the end of next year.
The license fee for both movies is said to be standard, about 12%of their domestic boxoffice.
If “2012” crosses the $200 million mark in North America, asexpected after its big $65 million opening weekend, it could fetchas much as $24 million. For the Woody Harrelson starrer”Zombieland,” which grossed $73 million domestically, the price tagis estimated to be $8 million-$9 million.
FX has been aggressive in pursuing blockbusters this year; “2012”and “Zombieland” add to the network’s extensive collection of 2009movies that debuted as No. 1, including “Star Trek,” “X-MenOrigins: Wolverine,” “Night at the Museum: Battle of theSmithsonian,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Transformers: Revenge of theFallen,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “The Proposal.”
Hit movies, especially big, special effects-heavy disaster flicks,have done well on FX, including the Emmerich-directed “The DayAfter Tomorrow” and “Independence Day.”
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