Stu­dio 8

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Jeff Robi­nov’s ven­ture suf­fered birth pangs, from which it hasn’t fully re­cov­ered. It was set up in 2014 with a Sony re­leas­ing deal and ma­jor­ity own­er­ship by China’s Fo­sun, but only after Huayi Broth­ers bailed out. After the overly am­bi­tious “Billy Lynn’s Long Half­time Walk” in 2016 left the com­pany to do some soul-search­ing, movies are now com­ing through the pipe­line. “Al­pha,” re­leased ear­lier this month, will be lucky to gross $50 mil­lion in the U.S., de­spite a hefty mar­ket­ing cam­paign. Septem­ber re­lease “White Boy Rick,” star­ring Matthew Mcconaughey and Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh, may fare bet­ter. The com­pany’s dis­tri­bu­tion deal with Sony is not ex­pected to be re­newed when it ends this year.

OUT­LOOK: Fin­gers crossed.

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