Road House: Prime Video’s Box Office Success Sparks Streaming vs. Cinemas Debate

Road House became Prime Video's biggest hit, attracting 50 million viewers in two weekends, proving director Doug Liman right about a theatrical release.

Prime Video's Road House Breaks Records

Prime Video's latest hit, Road House, directed by Doug Liman and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has taken the streaming world by storm. This remake of the 1989 film has attracted a whopping 50 million viewers globally in just two weekends, making it Amazon MGM Studios' most-watched produced film debut ever. The star-studded cast, including UFC fighter Conor McGregor in his acting debut, has captivated audiences worldwide with their performances.

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios, expressed her delight at the film's success on Prime Video, praising the hard work and dedication of the filmmakers and actors. The positive reception from both fans of the original film and new audiences has solidified Road House as a must-watch action-packed thriller that is generating buzz in the entertainment industry.

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Road House's Prime Video Success Validates Liman's Vision

Despite its massive success on Prime Video, the debate over whether Road House should have been released in cinemas continues to rage. Director Doug Liman had always envisioned this remake as a theatrical experience, designed to draw audiences to the big screen. However, when Amazon acquired MGM Studios in 2023, plans for a theatrical release were put on hold in favor of a streaming debut.

Liman's advocacy for a cinematic release was evident when he initially boycotted the film's press tour and premiere at the SXSW festival. He believed that bypassing theaters could have lasting implications for the industry, especially for blockbuster films like Road House. While Liman eventually attended the premiere, his stance on the importance of theatrical releases for major films remained unchanged.

The original 1989 Road House may have faced criticism upon its release, but it has since become a beloved cult classic. The remake's success on Prime Video only reinforces Liman's belief that the film could have thrived in theaters, drawing in audiences with its star-studded cast and thrilling storyline.

With its ties to the UFC and powerhouse performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor, Road House had the potential to be a cinematic spectacle that fans would flock to see. Unfortunately, the decision to debut exclusively on Prime Video limited its reach to streaming audiences only.

Source: Prime Video (Press release)

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