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Universal Dumps $60 Home Video Rental Plan

It’s a week for home video about-faces. Universal has dumped plans to let some home viewers rent an Eddie Murphy/Ben Stiller comedy for $60 while it was still in theaters. Comcast’s movie studio reversed course just days after news of its “Tower Heist” plan surfaced. Though the rental plan was only slated for Atlanta and Portland, several theater chains had said they would boycott the movie nationally in protest.


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”