In Landmark Deal, USA Network Lands Box Office Hit Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids, the surprise feature hit starringKristen Wiig, is heading to USA Network as part of the channel's new, landmark 30-movie deal with Universal Pictures.

The movie deal, one of the largest in basic cable history, also includes the action sequel Fast Five, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson; the comedy Little Fockers, with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro; and The Adjustment Bureau, featuring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

Most of those movies, including Bridesmaids, will debut on USA in 2013. The price tag for those four features alone will cost USA Network more than $70 million, as most theatrical movie deals cost around 12% of domestic box office gross. That means, counting up all 30 movies in the Universal package, it'll come close to (but won't surpass) what USA paid in 2009 for a 24-film slate from the studio. Read More...


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