"The King's Speech" rules Canadian box office

Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:00pm EST
 
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - 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 theaters, to take its nationwide total 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 festival-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.

(Editing by Zorianna Kit)