Oscar Front-Runners, Led by 'King's Speech,' Enjoying Box-Office Boost
Many awards front-runners continue to prosper at the box office, led by The King's Speech, which dipped a mere 3 percent over the weekend in the U.S.
King's Speech came in No. 6 for the weekend, grossing an estimated $7.4 million from 2,263 screens for a domestic cume of $93.9 million in its 12th week in release. The film outperformed a number of newer entries, including Sanctum 3D.
Overseas, King's Speech -- which swept the BAFTAs on Sunday -- has grossed north of $90 million, although weekend numbers won't be available until Monday.
In the U.S., Paramount and Skydance Prods.' True Grit also remained on the top 10 chart, declining only 19 percent from the previous weekend to an estimated $3.8 million from 2,072 theaters for a cume of $160.3 million in its eighth week. It came in No. 8.
True Grit is a far trickier sell overseas, since Westerns have never been popular with foreign audiences. However, Joel and Ethan Coen have a strong following internationally, while Paramount has been playing up the movie's action.
After opening the Berlin Film Festival, True Grit launched over the weekend in 16 territories, grossing $8.3 million for a total foreign cume of $14.5 million. The biggest showing came in the U.K., where True Grit grossed $2.7 million -- 29% higher than the debut of the Coens' No Country for Old Men.
The Fighter, from Paramount and Relativity, also showed a narrow decline domestically. The movie, placing at No. 13, fell 20 percent from the previous frame to an estimated $2.2 million from 1,049 theaters for a total of $85.6 million in its 10th weekend.
Overseas, Fighter has now grossed $6.5 million in the U.K. and Ireland, where Paramount is distributing.
Fox Searchlight's Black Swan neared the $100 million mark domestically, despite dropping 36 percent. The film grossed an estimated $2.2 million from 1,069 theaters for a cume of $99.4 million in its 11th week. It placed No. 14 for the frame.
The bigger victory came overseas, where Black Swan grossed $18.6 million over the weekend as it debuted in a number of key territories. The film opened to $4.1 million in France, the best number ever for a Searchlight title. Ditto for Mexico, where Black Swan grossed $3.3 million. Black Swan's foreign total is now $72 million.
In the U.S., Roadside Attractions' Biutiful ended the weekend with a domestic gross of $2.3 million. Biutiful is up for an Oscar for best-foreign language film, while Javier Bardem is up for best actor.
Searchlight's decision to relaunch 127 Hours after the film picked up multiple Oscar nominations has paid off. Hours has grown its domestic gross by more than $5 million, ending the weekend with a cume of $16.8 million. Internationally, the pic has now cumed $6.2 million.
Sony Pictures Classics' Another Year, scoring an Oscar nom for best original screenplay, has now grossed $2.2 million. Sony Classics' Inside Job, up for an Oscar for best documentary, has now grossed $3.9 million domestically.