The King’s Speech continues to dominate

By Sam Dallas

Promising Oscar contender The King’s Speech remained high on the Aussie box office throne, after taking another $2.1 million on the weekend.

The popular drama, distributed by Paramount and Transmission, was only down 8 per cent on the previous week, signifying word of mouth was high amongst the Aussie public.

The Tom Hooper film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, had a screen average of $20,406 – across 107 screens – and in total has raked in $9,394,295 after just three weeks (excluding preview sales of $461,288).

Having ties with Australia through producer Emile Sherman, the UK production about King George VI (Firth) who seeks the help of unconventional speech therapist Lionel Logue (Rush) has made $US33.3 million (across 758 screens) in the United States since opening a month earlier on November 26.

Disney’s 50th animated film Tangled was at the top of the Aussie Box Office in its first weekend, netting almost $6 million from 462 screens (with a screen average of $12,551), which will keep Disney heads happy since it’s the most expensive animated film of all time (estimated $US260 million).

Ben Stiller movie Meet The Parents: Little Fockers continued to do well, coming in second, making a further $2.3 million from 366 screens, since opening on Boxing Day last year.