'The King's Speech' Rules Canadian Box Office

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Oscar bounce has Alliance Films release atop Canadian box office after eight weeks in release.

TORONTO – An Oscar boost for The King’s Speech has propelled the historical drama to the top of the Canadian box office.

The Alliance Films release took in another $1.4 million in ticket receipts this past weekend, after eight weeks in Canadian theatres, to take its nationwide cume to $10.5 million.

The Canadian embrace of Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech started last September at the Toronto International Film Festival when the Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush starrer about a stammering British monarch was voted the most popular film by ordinary fest-goers.

That win sent The King’s Speech to the front of the Oscar race going into the awards season.

The period drama, which The Weinstein Co. has released stateside, faces competition at the Canadian box office from other Oscar contenders, including Black Swan, released locally by Fox Searchlight, Paramount’s True Grit and The Fighter, also from Alliance Films.