FX NETWORKS CHOMPS UP ALL-TIME OPENING WEEKEND BOX OFFICE CHAMP JURASSIC WORLD
The Leading Destination for Hit Features, FX Networks Licenses the All-Time Opening Weekend Box Office Champ After It Grossed $208.8 Million In Its Debut
Adds to FX Networks' Growing List of Major Features Including
Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2, Taken 3 and Kingsman: The Secret Service
LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2015 - FX Networks, the leading destination for blockbuster features, has secured the exclusive U.S. commercial television premiere rights to Jurassic World after it broke box office records, unseating Marvel's The Avengers as the highest-grossing opening weekend movie ever, grossing $208.8 million in its debut. Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the thriller is the latest box office #1 to be acquired for television by FX Networks and its suite of networks - FX, FXX and FXM.
The news comes after FX Networks secured the television rights to Furious 7, which has grossed over $1.5 billion in worldwide box office revenue, as well as Pitch Perfect 2. Prior to that, FX Networks licensed Taken 3, which topped the box office in January, and the surprise February hit Kingsman: The Secret Service.
As an aggressive buyer of major box office hits, FX Networks has established itself as the leading destination for blockbuster features and movies with wide audience appeal. In 2014, FX Networks licensed 64% of all of the year's features that grossed more than $100 million at the box office.
ABOUT FX NETWORKS
FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox, is comprised of the networks FX, FXX and FXM and the video on-demand app FXNOW. FX, the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, launched in June of 1994 and is carried in 95 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, Tyrant, The Strain and the upcoming Taboo; the critically-acclaimed miniseries American Horror Story, Fargo and the upcoming miniseries American Crime Story; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Married, The Comedians and the upcoming Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and Baskets. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, In Living Color and Mike & Molly. FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in 53 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day (FXM Retro), and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming. FXX, the newest network, launched in September 2013 and is carried in more than 77 million homes. Geared towards a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, You're the Worst, Man Seeking Woman and the upcoming The Untitled Tracy Morgan Project (TBD). FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history.