'King's Speech' Expected to Jump Over $200 Million Mark by Oscar Week
4:13 PM PST 2/11/2011 by Pamela McClintock
The Weinstein Co’s Academy Award frontrunner has earned $86.4 million domestically and should do well again this weekend and next.
By Oscar week, The King’s Speech will have jumped the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office, a dizzying performance for an independent historical drama.In the U.S., the film has earned $86.4 million to date for the Weinstein Co., and should do well again this weekend and next, which is the President’s Day holiday. Overseas, Speech has earned $86.8 million to date, with several major territories—Germany and Japan among them—still to open. The film’s worldwide total is $173.2 million. Speech opens this weekend in a number of key countries, including Germany and Brazil. Many questioned how the film would play in non-English speaking markets, especially after a relatively slow start in Spain. But after Speech picked up 12 Oscar nominations and won a series of major guild awards, business picked up. To date, Speech has grossed a robust $6.9 million in Spain. And it’s grossed $4.2 million in France since opening there last weekend. Speech has done blockbuster business in the U.K. for distributor Momentum, and will cross the $50 million mark this weekend. It’s earned $21.2 million in Australia and $2.1 million in New Zealand for Paramount Intl. and local partner Transmission.
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