The Boys in the Boat: Digital Release Announced for George Clooney’s Sports Drama!

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat“, a sports drama directed by George Clooney and based on Daniel James Brown’s 2013 book is gearing up for a digital release.

Despite facing challenges in the crowded December cinema landscape, MGM Studios is adapting its strategy to recover from the initial theatrical run’s shortfall.

Director and Cast

Directed by Hollywood icon George Clooney known for films like “Goodnight and Good Luck” and “The Midnight Sky” this marks his ninth directorial venture.

The film stars Callum Turner, Joel Edgerton, Jack Mulhern, Hadley Robinson, Luke Slattery and Courtney Henggeler.

Budget and Theatrical Run Challenges

Made with a budget of $40 million “The Boys in the Boat” faced challenges in its theatrical run earning only $34.2 million since its Christmas release.

Despite its focus on a significant event in US history—the 1936 Berlin Olympics—it struggled to break even amidst fierce December competition.

Digital Release Date

In a bid to recover, MGM Studios is opting for a swift digital release.

According to When To Stream, the film will be available on digital and VOD platforms such as Vudu, Amazon Prime Video and Apple iTunes from January 16th, 2024. This marks a quick transition from its exclusive 22-day theatrical window.

Critical Reception and Synopsis

While “The Boys in the Boat” did not achieve critical acclaim with an IMDb score of 7.3/10 and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 57%, it tells a compelling story.

The official synopsis reads “During the height of the Great Depression, members of the rowing team at the University of Washington get thrust into the spotlight as they compete for gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.”

As the film prepares to navigate its digital release, it opens a new chapter hoping to find its audience beyond the constraints of a traditional theatrical run.


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