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The Bourne Ultimatum
Universal Pictures has recently made a pretty penny thanks to both The Bourne Ultimatum and the USA Network. Not only did the channel purchase TV rights to Bourne, but nine other Universal films as well.
USA Gets Rights to The Bourne Ultimatum Among Other Universal Pics
How much does ten films cost from Universal Pictures. Since ten films is the equivalent of a Costco bundle, USA got the whole package for a whopping $60 million.
For Bourne and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, USA is expected to pay 12% of the domestic box office take for each film, with a $300 million ceiling. As you might have guessed, USA has their fingers crossed that people stop seeing Bourne in theaters. At the rate both films are going, USA could end up spending $24 million on Bourne and $15 million on Chuck.
The recent move brings attention to USA's recent trend of acquiring films. The network bought Ocean's Thirteen and Blood Diamond from Warner Bros. last month along with Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End from Buena Vista. The network had eased off theatrical releases during recent years but felt threatened by more aggressive competitors including FX and TNT/TBS.