Amazon Studio’s popular sports drama, starring Matt Damon and Viola Davis, is the company’s resumption of theatrical releases.
After an exclusive run in cinemas across the world, Ben Affleck’s critically acclaimed film Air will be streamable on Amazon Prime Video starting on May 12.
The star-studded historical sports drama, which has already generated early Oscar talk, ushers in a new era for Amazon Studios in terms of how it distributes some of its original works. The company has decided to follow a conventional theatrical window rather than pushing Air directly to streaming in order to give the film a lengthy run in thousands of theaters.
When Air debuts on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories across the world, it will have already been seen exclusively on the big screen for 39 days.
The main actors in the Alex Convery-penned movie – Air – are Matt Damon and Viola Davis. Horst Dassler is portrayed by Gustaf Skarsgard, together with Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Matthew Maher, Marlon Wayans, and Chris Tucker. (Affleck also appears.)
In a story about Nike’s unlikely attempt to sign rising superstar basketball player Michael Jordan to a shoe contract in the mid-80s, Damon plays former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro and Affleck plays Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The endorsement seemed impossible at the time, but thanks to the intrepid sneaker salesman, would become the most significant relationship between an athletic brand and an athlete ever, launching the worldwide, multibillion-dollar cont. Deloris Jordan is played by Davis.
So far, Air has made $70.2 million at the box office worldwide, including $31.6 million from foreign and $47.6 million from domestic sales. Before marketing, the movie’s production cost $90 million (this does not include the additional tens of millions Amazon spent to scrap the plan).
Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports, and Mandalay Pictures all support the movie. In addition to being Affleck’s first feature film starring his close friend Matt Damon, it also serves as the debut project for their Artists Equity company.
As part of its distribution agreement with MGM, Warner Bros. International had international responsibilities, while Amazon handled the release of Air in North America.