Thursday, May 23, 2024

“King’s Speech” Beats “Basterds,” Now Top Weinstein Grosser


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.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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