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FX acquires box office hit ‘Ted’

Cabler adds pic to list of other summer theatricals

FX continues to land some of summer’s marquee bigscreen features, acquiring Mark Wahlberg starrer “Ted” on Monday.

The Seth MacFarlane-directed pic earned more than $54 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, and FX is likely to air the film toward the end of 2014.

No details on the pact were released, but FX’s theatrical deals typically call for the cabler to pay anywhere from 10%-12% of the total domestic box office, with a cap if the pic’s perf skyrockets. That would go into effect for the acquisitions of “The Avengers,” for example, which the net picked up earlier this year.

Other titles that FX has bought recently include “Men in Black 3,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Madagascar 3.”

FX usually has the exclusive basic-cable rights to a theatrical film for four years. A popular pic can bring a varied demo to the network and help as lead-ins and serve as promotional vehicles for the net’s original programming.

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