‘Civil War’ Purchase And Rental Prices Drop On Digital Streaming

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Purchase and rental prices for the A24 movie hit Civil War just got a whole lot cheaper.

Released on April 12, the dystopian war thriller written and directed by Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland and starring Kirsten Dunst became a big hit in theaters. According to The Numbers, the film opened with a $25.5 million take at the domestic box office and went on to finish its North American theatrical run with $68.8 million in ticket sales.

Combined with its international take of nearly $38 million, Civil War ended up making more than $106 million at the worldwide box office against a $50 million production budget before prints and advertising.

Civil War debuted on digital streaming on May 24 via premium video on demand for $24.99 to purchase and $19.99 for a 48-hour rental period. On Tuesday, however, the purchase price for Civil War dropped to $19.99, while the rental price for a 48-hour period was reduced significantly to $5.99.

Digital platforms offering Civil War for purchase or rental include Prime Video, AppleTV+ and Fandango at Home (aka VUDU).

What Is ‘Civil War’ About?

Set in a not-to-distant future, Civil War finds the former U.S. divided into four factions.

However, the film focuses almost exclusively on the battle between the Loyalist States—which covers a wide area of the middle of the former U.S. including Washington, D.C.—and the secessionist Western Forces, which curiously consists of a blue state, California, and a red state, Texas.

Kirsten Dunst stars as veteran war photojournalist Lee Smith, who travels with a rookie photographer, Jessie (Cailee Spaeny), and veteran reporters Joel (Wagner Moura) and Sammy (Stephen McKinley Henderson) on a dangerous trip from New York to Washington, D.C.

The group’s goal is to find their way to the White House to interview and take photos of a dictatorial third-term president (Nick Offerman) before he is overthrown by his adversaries.

Civil War is unique in that Alex Garland’s script doesn’t take sides politically and it doesn’t even mention the Democratic or Republican parties during.

Civil War was largely embraced by Rotten Tomatoes critics, who collectively gave the film an 81% “fresh” rating based on 376 reviews. Viewers on RT gave Civil War a 70% “fresh” Audience Score based on more than 1,000 viewer ratings.

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