In the American motion picture industry, a wide release is a motion picture that is playing nationally. This is contrast to a film that is having premiere showings at a few cinemas (usually in New York and Los Angeles), or is in limited release at selected cinemas in larger cities around the country. Specifically, a movie is considered to be a wide release when it plays in 600 cinemas or more in the United States and Canada.
The 1975 film Breakout was the first major studio film to go into wide release in its opening week, with Columbia Pictures distributing 1300 prints nationwide, combined with a heavy national advertising campaign.
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