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Eddie Murphy

Why so many theater chains are refusing to screen Netflix's 'Crouching Tiger' sequel

Netflix's latest movie release, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny,” will hit theaters Friday, but it won't pack much of a punch at the U.S. box office.

That's because the follow-up to the Oscar-winning martial arts epic will only play in about a dozen IMAX theaters around the country — a far cry from the original film, which was released in more than 2,000 theaters and became the most successful foreign language film.

The nation's largest theater chains have balked at Netflix's plans to release the movie in the home on the same day it appears in cinemas. 

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