USA Network has snapped up cable rights to Universal Pictures' The Bourne Ultimatum and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry as part of an 11-picture deal with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
Bourne, starring Matt Damon, was released Friday and made $69.3 million during the weekend. Chuck, which stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James, has made $91.8 million at the domestic boxoffice since its July 20 bow.
Sources said USA -- which, like the distributor and film studio, is owned by NBC Universal -- paid about $60 million for the package, with Bourne and Chuck accounting for $35 million-$40 million of that total. The network and distributor declined comment on the financial and other terms of the deal.
It's believed that the deals for Bourne and Chuck are 4 and 1/2-year agreements, with NBC Universal allowed to carve out broadcast windows for both titles. In addition, the distributor will be allowed to carve out second cable windows, though USA has exclusive rights to both titles for the first two years of the deals, according to sources.
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