Movie Theaters Were Already in Trouble. With Disney’s Fox Deal, It’s Double

Not only would Disney gain leverage with chains such as AMC, it would also pick up more films to distribute exclusively on its upcoming online service.

By: Gerry Smith

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Star Wars fans raise their lightsabers before the start of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, on Dec. 15, 2017. PHOTOGRAPHER: SADIQ ASYRAF/AP PHOTO

America’s movie theaters were jammed in December for the screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a story about the Resistance battling the evil First Order. But with the announcement in December that Walt Disney Co. will acquire much of 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment businesses, theater owners may feel like they’re the Resistance.

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