It looks like HBO has gotten a huge jump on it's competition as they are bringing 12 movies to the small screen that each grossed over $100 million dollars at the box office in 2005.

According to Variety, starting with 20th Century Fox's Robots, which chalked up $128 million in domestic box office, the movies will flow to HBO, its Cinemax sibling and their 13 multiplex channels throughout this year and into 2007.

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HBO gets the year's biggest U.S. grosser in Fox's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (at $380.3 million), as well as Warners' Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($289.7 million), plus four others that each pocketed more than $200 million: U's King Kong, New Line's Wedding Crashers, and Warners' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman Begins.

The five other $100 million-plus grossers in 2005 that HBO will pick up are: Fox's Fantastic Four, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Walk the ; DreamWorks' Madagascar; and U's The 40 Year-Old Virgin

"All of the planets have converged for HBO, which has chosen the right movie studios to do output deals with," said Bob Levi, a TV consultant and former president of worldwide planning and acquisitions for Turner Broadcasting.

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