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TNT, TBS Pick Up Watchmen

Watchmen is headed to TNT as part of a 13-title Warner Bros. movie package nabbed by the network and sister cable network TBS.

The deal also includes recent openers Terminator Salvation and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Clint Eastwood's sleeper hit Gran Torino and three upcoming releases: Todd Phillips' The Hangover; the Steven Soderbergh/Matt Damon collaboration The Informant; and the Guy Ritchie-directed holiday release Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr.

TNT and TBS have acquired exclusive TV rights to the 13 movies, which will begin airing on the cable networks about 30 months after their U.S. releases. Watchmen is looking at a Fall 2011 network debut.

The license fee for the films is tied to their box office performance and expected to average 10%-12% of their domestic grosses. Now out of theaters, Watchmen has earned almost $108 million. With those numbers the film would earn $11 million - $13 million from TNT.

Also included in the package are recent Warners releases Observe & Report, Inkheart and Pride & Glory and upcoming horror flicks The Box, starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden; The Orphan, with Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard; and the Kate Beckinsale action film Whiteout.

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