'Captain Phillips' Set For January Re-Release

captain-phillips01EXCLUSIVE: Sony is re-releasing its Tom Hanks-starring Oscar contender Captain Phillips on Wednesday, January 15 — the day before the Academy Awards nominations are announced — and hopes to expand the film into 1,000 theaters nationwide by that time. Currently, it’s in 640 locations with a mere $797 per-screen average as the film has been winding down its initial run. The true-life film about the captain of a ship taken over by Somali pirates already has made more than $100 million at the domestic box office since bowing in October. Its DVD/Blu-ray release is less than a week later on January 21, but the studio wants to sweeten its chances for Oscars before final ballots are due Feb. 25, hence the expansion. Newcomer Barkhad Abdi has garnered much Oscar buzz for his role as the young man coerced into a mission way beyond his ability. Captain Phillips brought in $510,201 this past weekend, pushing its cume to $103.5 million.

Related: Producers Michael De Luca & Dana Brunetti On Lure Of ‘Captain Phillips’

  1. How much money do these re-releases cost? This year has already seen THIS IS THE END and THE BUTLER brought back into theaters for a second run. If CAPTAIN PHILLIPS fails to score any major nominations, it could be an expensive boo-boo for Sony.

  2. great news! the movie is sincerely GREAT as wasn’t talked about nearly as much as it should have been. More power to Sony for re releasing successful films that have played well. I hope it’s a strategy that catches on. Movies are meant to be seen in the theaters so let the great ones be seen that way. (also I believe this is the end and captain were released against films they couldn’t possibly compete against so I’m glad Sony is making up for it)

  3. Strange: this movie overperformed by almost any standard but it serves as a sharp example of everything wrong with Sony–especially its spoiled, old fashioned executives who, let’s be honest, are terrible at discovering new filmmaking talent. Everyone who has had hits at somy has been A-list dince the 1990s (and is priced accordingly). Excited to see DeLuca break some new filmmakers at this place because Pascal is out to lunch on that side of it.

  4. Barkhad Abdi, in “Captain Phillips,” played a “young man coerced into a mission way beyond his ability”? That wasn’t the movie I saw…

    1. what movie did you see then? that seems like a pretty accurate description. he wasn’t a big criminal or anything and he wanted to prove himself. he had no plan or anything and was trying to take over a huge ship from a tiny motorboat

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