Weinstein Co. Extends Free Yahoo Streaming of ‘One Chance’ Movie, After Meager Box Office Take


The Weinstein Co.’s biopic “One Chance” generated just $32,800 in its U.S. theatrical debut this weekend, after the film was available for free on Yahoo 10 days before it hit theaters.

Now, TWC has reupped its deal with Yahoo to extend the free streaming window until Nov. 9 for “One Chance,” which tells the true story an amateur opera singer who won the first season of the “Britain’s Got Talent” competition show. Originally, the Yahoo deal was set to expire Oct. 10 with the theatrical release.

“Our fans love the movie and the unique opportunity to experience it online through Yahoo,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Weinstein Co. “After watching the film on Yahoo myself, I see how Yahoo was able to build such an engaged audience for the film. We’re thrilled with the incredible job Yahoo did in marketing the movie.”

The film, which opened domestically Oct. 10, grossed $32,800 over the weekend at 43 screens, according to Box Office Mojo.

Yahoo is not divulging viewing numbers for “One Chance,” but a rep said it is “pleased with the performance.”

TWC’s deal with Yahoo to stream “One Chance” for free starting Sept. 30 irritated theater owners, which have fought attempts by studios to distribute movies via digital channels while they’re still in the cinemas (or, worse, prior to theatrical premiere, as in this case).

Separately, Weinstein Co. last month inked a deal with Netflix to release the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” simultaneously on the SVOD service as well as select Imax theaters worldwide. In response, major U.S. theater chains said they would refuse to show the film.

Terms of the Yahoo-Weinstein deal for “One Chance” have not been disclosed. Yahoo is serving pre-roll and mid-roll video ads in the movie for U.S. users on its Yahoo Screen service, on the web at screen.yahoo.com/onechance and via other devices.

“One Chance” stars James Corden and Julie Walters; David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”) directed. Produced by Mike Menchell, Simon Cowell, Brad Weston and Kris Tjykier, with executive producers Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and Steve Whitney.

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  1. Bobbie says:

    I saw this film at ucla movie class last year and loved it. could not understand why it was never released until now. Have told so many people to see the film and can not wait to see it again.

  2. Chris says:

    I love this movie, but the release was completely botched by Weinstein. After it won audience awards at several festivals, and did very well in the UK, it was postponed for the states for far too long. Paul Potts was planning a U.S. concert tour to coincide with the film, and when its opening was delayed, he had to postpone his appearances. I was finally able to see it here in L.A. Saturday night with maybe 20 people in the audience, all of whom responded very positively to it. This film has a Billy Elliot quality to it–and based on a true story to boot–and should have gotten much more attention. No TV ads, barely any newspaper notices, no wonder it opened poorly.

  3. dunstan says:

    I saw this film when it was being screened last year around this time. I thought it was very well-done. Alexandra Roach was particularly engaging as Paul’s girlfriend. Just to clarify comments made by filmsharks: Rosamund Pike is not in “One Chance.”

  4. filmsharks says:

    It’s a double-edged sword. The film is okay. I actually preferred ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ this weekend. If you liked Rosamund Pike in ‘Gone Girl,’ she’s adorable in this British indie film. Pike is going to be a big star. Mark my words, Hollywood.

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