Dec 25, 2019

Cineworld chief accuses Netflix of crushing box-office sales

The chief executive of Cineworld has accused Netflix of leaving Martin Scorsese's The Irishman with "Meaningless" box office income after releasing the film in cinemas for a short period before streaming it. Since September, Netflix has released 10 films in cinemas but few for more than a week before they are uploaded to its platform. Netflix said all the major cinema companies were offered its films. Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst at research firm Exhibitor Relations, said cinemas and streaming platforms were lining up for a "War of the eyeballs". Netflix said Mr Scorsese's film was shown in 35 countries and that some cinemas showing it were taking bookings for screenings in February next year.

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