'Speech,' 'Fighter,' 'Swan' should benefit
Golden Globe nominations should provide the biggest boost in box office silver to specialty films “The King’s Speech,” “The Fighter” and “Black Swan” — and aid “The Tourist” after a slow start.After grossing $1.5 million in three weeks of limited release, TWC’s “Speech” looks to seriously capitalize on its leading seven noms, though the pic won’t expand until January. Even with added playdates, the film is seeing near-record per-screen averages, with a dazzling $31,149 at 19 playdates last weekend. With six Globe noms, Paramount/Relativity’s “The Fighter” should see a big bump this weekend as it widens from four to more than 900 locations after a sturdy $300,010 launch last weekend. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams all snagged mentions. Fox Searchlight’s “Black Swan” is also set to keep sizzling in the wake of its quartet of bids, including for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Last weekend, “Swan” took in $3.3 million at only 90 sites, enough to land in sixth place for the weekend. According to online ticketing source Fandango, “Black Swan” was selling twice the number of tickets as of noon Tuesday as on Monday. And Sony’s “The Tourist” could see renewed interest after a modest opening of $16.5 million at 2,756. Nominations went to “Tourist” in the comedy-musical category, along with leads Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Sony/Screen Gems’ “Burlesque” could see a few more ducats sold from its trio of bids — particularly its comedy/musical nom — after generating a lukewarm $32 million in a month. But the studio’s “The Social Network” probably won’t see much more box office benefit from its half dozen Globe noms after topping $91 million in 11 weeks of release. Warner Bros.’ drama entry “Inception” hit DVD shelves on Dec. 7. Despite its absence from the comedy-musical pic list, 20th Century Fox’s “Love and Other Drugs” may see some residual box office action thanks to noms for Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. Pic’s less-than-stellar three-week run has yielded only $27.6 million despite strong reviews. This year’s Globes noms mostly return to a traditional focus on specialty titles rather than mainstream films, a year after “Up in the Air” led with six bids and “Avatar” took four. TWC’s “Blue Valentine,” which made news for the MPAA’s recent reversal of its NC-17 rating to an R, could see significant benefit from its dual noms for stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Pic launches Dec. 31 and will have to compete with other specialty titles as they widen throughout early next year. An acting bid for Nicole Kidman also could lift B.O. potential for Lionsgate’s “Rabbit Hole,” with the distrib set for a limited launch of the pic Friday.
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