'King's Speech, 'Black Swan' Jump the $100 Mil Mark at Domestic Box Office
Many of the this year's Oscar nominated specialty films are also are box office hits, partly because of the lack of a commercial studio hit.
Tom Hooper's The King's Speech and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan have both jumped the $100 million mark at the domestic box office -- rarefied heights for specialty films.
Overseas, it's much the same story. King's Speech has already grossed north of $106 million, while Swan has earned $98 million.
Released in the U.S. by the Weinstein Co., King's Speech grossed $6.7 million over the weekend for a domestic cume of $103.3 million in its 13th week in release. Since Monday is a holiday, film should end the long President's Day weekend with a cume of nearly $105 million.
Black Swan grossed $1.3 million over the weekend for a domestic cume of $101.5 million in its 12th frame. The movie, which has played both as an arthouse title and horror pic, should finish the holiday weekend with a cume of nearly $102 million.
Social Network, which was largely done with its domestic run by the time awards season commenced, has earned more than $230 million worldwide, including a domestic gross of $96.7 million.
More than any other recent year, many of the top Oscar contenders also are box office hits. Part of it has to do with the lack of a commercial studio hit.
Paramount and Skydance Prods.' True Grit has become the No. 2 Western of all time after Dances With Wolves, grossing $164.1 million through Sunday (Dances earned $184.2 million domestically).
Internationally -- where Westerns are a tough sell, but directors Joel and Ethan Coen have a devoted following -- True Grithas grossed $29 million, and it's still in the early part of its run.
The Fighter also has over performed in the U.S. for Paramount and Relativity Media, grossing an estimated $1.5 million over the weekend for a domestic cume of $87.9 million.
Even smaller titles are doing better than usual. Fox Searchlight's 127 Hours has parlayed multiple Oscar nominations into additional box office business. Pic has increased its cume by $6 million since late January, for a cume through Sunday of $18 million.
And Sony Pictures Classics continues to see solid business for four its award contenders: Barney's Version (which scored Paul Giamatti a top Golden Globe nom), Another Year, The Illusionist and Inside Job.
From Mike Leigh, Another Year's cume through Sunday was $2.5 million, while Barney's was $2 million. Inside Job, nominated for an Oscar for best documentary, has cumed a strong $4 million.