How NFL Playoffs Hurt Weekend Box Office

6:03 PM PST 01/24/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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The King's Speech

'The King's Speech' and 'True Grit' are among the films whose estimates fell short due to championship games that broke ratings records.

The Chicago Bears and New York Jets weren't the only losers on Sunday.

Final box-office numbers were down across the board from Sunday estimates, thanks perhaps to the record number of TV viewers tuning into the NFL's conference championship games.

Among the top five movies, Paramount's No Strings Attached ended up grossing $19.7 million, compared with an estimated $20.3 million. Sony's The Green Hornet came in at $17.7 million (down from $18.1 million), and Universal's The Dilemma brought in $9.1 million (off from $9.7 million).

The King's Speech from the Weinstein Co. took a bigger hit, grossing $7.9 million instead of Sunday's $9.2 million estimate (the film still stayed at No. 4 for the weekend). Paramount's True Grit grossed $7.3 million instead of an estimated $8 million.

CBS' coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Jets showdown was the most watched AFC championship game in history. Earlier, the Green Bay Packers-Bears NFC matchup on Fox was the highest-rated afternoon game ever.

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