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    Aretha Franklin biopic moves to on-demand services

    In a surprise and sudden move, the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” is now available to rent at home via on video-on-demand services, just two weeks after it opened in theaters. 

    The movie arrived Friday on Amazon Prime Video, where it is available to stream for $19.99. It is also available on Vudu, Google Play, YouTube and other rental services. 

    Filmmakers were adamant about “Respect” being a big screen experience, releasing it exclusively in theaters rather than concurrently offering it for home streaming, a strategy employed by several studios as the pandemic continues to affect Hollywood’s bottom line.

    But after opening at No. 4 on at the box office two weeks ago, pulling in $8.8 million its debut frame, it slid to No. 5 last weekend with a $3.7 million haul. It has made $17.4 million to date against a reported budget of $55 million.

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