Analysis: "Arbitrage" could lead to new distribution models

01/21/2013 | Hollywood Reporter, The

Lionsgate's decision to stream the Richard Gere film "Arbitrage" the same day it began showing in theaters may lead to revised distribution models by proving that financial success for blockbuster movies isn't necessarily tied to the box office, analysts say. "This has worked out incredibly well for us. More people saw it than would have," said Steve Beeks of Lionsgate, who is president of the Motion Picture Group. "And we hope that theaters realize we aren't doing it to their detriment. We are very respectful of them."

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