: Netflixs Army of the Dead to open in hundreds of theaters before it streams

By Mike Murphy4 days ago

In a first, Netflix Inc. NFLX, -1.16% will release its upcoming zombie movie Army of the Dead in hundreds of theaters a week before its streaming debut.

Cinemark CNK, -0.45%, the third-largest U.S. movie-theater chain, said Tuesday it will show the Zack Snyder-directed film at more than 200 of its theaters starting May 14. Variety reported it will play in about 600 theaters in all, including at smaller theater chains such as Landmark and Alamo Drafthouse. It will not play at the nations two biggest chains, AMC AMC, -3.30% or Cineworlds CINE, -2.77% Regal Cinemas, according to Variety.

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While Netflix has previously released some of its high-profile films to theaters before they streamed in order to gain Oscar eligibility, this will be by far Netflixs widest theatrical release. Its also the first Netflix theatrical release targeted to a mass audience.

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