King’s Speech expected to break $200m mark

2011-02-12 12:42

Los Angeles – By Oscar week, The King’s Speech will have jumped the $200 million (R1.5 billion) mark at the worldwide box office, a dizzying performance for an independent historical drama.

In the US, the film has earned $86.4 million to date for the Weinstein Company, and should do well again this weekend and next, which is the President’s Day holiday.

The Academy Awards will take place on February 27.

Overseas, The King’s Speech has earned $86.8 million to date, with several major territories, Germany and Japan among them, still to open.

The film’s worldwide total is $173.2 million.

The King’s Speech opens this weekend in a number of key countries, including Germany and Brazil.

Many questioned how the film would play in non-English speaking markets, especially after a relatively slow start in Spain. But after the film picked up 12 Oscar nominations and won a series of major guild awards, business picked up.

To date, The King’s Speech has grossed a robust $6.9 million in Spain. And it’s grossed $4.2 million in France since opening there last weekend.

The film has done blockbuster business in the UK for distributor Momentum, and will cross the $50 million mark this weekend.

It has earned $21.2 million in Australia and $2.1 million in New Zealand for Paramount International and local partner Transmission.

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