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‘Ride Along 2,’ ‘The Martian’ Among Feature Films Acquired by FX Networks

FX Networks has scooped up exclusive U.S. commercial television premiere rights to a slew of recent feature films, including the box office hits “Ride Along 2” and “The Martian.”

Ride Along 2,” coming off its impressive opening weekend atop the domestic box office, and “The Martian,” which has grossed more than $227 million domestically and held the No. 1 spot for four weekends following its October release, will be available to FX Networks and its suite of networks — FX, FXX, FXM and the video-on-demand platform FXNOW. No premiere dates were announced, but it’s likely the movies will start airing in early to mid 2018.

Other theatricals in the current package acquired by FX Networks are “Daddy’s Home,” “The Perfect Guy,” “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” “Hotel Transylvania 2,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “The Night Before,” “Krampus” and “Goosebumps.”

FX has been the most aggressive in theatricals acruisitions in recent years. In fact, over the past year along, FX Networks has acquired the U.S. commercial television premiere rights to numerous major releases, including “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation,” ” Minions,” “Jurassic World,” “Furious 7,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy,” “Pixels,” “Terminator: Genisys,” “Ted 2,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Taken 3,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Home.”

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