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In Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” the goal is to kill Hitler and defeat the Nazis. “The King’s Speech” has done that in a way. It surpassed “Basterds” over the weekend as the biggest grossing film for The Weinstein Company. And don’t forget, King George VI’s goal is the same–to defend England from the Nazis, and even while his brother and his awful wife aka the Duke and Duchess of Winsdor, are guests of the Third Reich. “The King’s Speech” now boasts $123.8 million in its till, with another $154 million internationally. It’s made a tidy $64 million in England alone. Surprisingly, it’s made $25 million more than its nominal rival,  “The Social Network,” which was curiously had its number of screens lowered in late January as it received many Oscar nominations. By contrast, “The King’s Speech” went wider. Ah, the mysteries of distribution! “The King’s Speech” still has a lot of life left in it, too. It could do between $135 mil and $140 mil before its video release in April. This past weekend it took in over $6 million and beat a number of commercial releases including the teetering “I Am Number 4″ and “Just Go with It.”

2 replies to this post
  1. Its not not a Weinstein film.

    And of course they will steal all of the money from distribution from the actual creators by some foul methods.

  2. oh but wait!

    Soon in theatres (or at the Cannes Festival, ils l’adorent là-bas): Madonna’s directing debut about the “spectacular and fantastique” Duchess of Winsdor and that ex-king guy vs that “boring” King George VI and his “dreadful” queen!

    somehow, i don’t see that one making $64 million at the british Box Office…

    as we say in french: mauvais timming!

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