'The King's Speech' Reigns at the Japanese Box Office

The Best Picture winner took in $22 million since its Feb. 26 release.

TOKYO – The King’s Speech is the best performing Academy Best Picture winner at the Japanese box office in seven years, taking over 1.76 billion yen ($22 million), considerably more than the film’s $15 million budget.

Released by Gaga on Feb. 26, the film’s theme of overcoming difficulties resonated with post-disaster Japanese audiences, with interest further boosted by the British royal wedding, which was broadcast live by public broadcaster NHK on April 29.  

Still showing in a limited number of Toho theaters, The King’s Speech is now the biggest-grossing Oscar winner in Japan since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was released in 2004.