Kudos for Streep keep pic hot

In a well-timed election coup that would do the woman on which the film is based proud, the Weinstein Co. successfully expanded Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady” to 802 locations for a four-day domestic weekend take of $6.6 million, topped off by star Meryl Streep nabbing a Golden Globe for her performance as the former British prime minister.

Weinstein timed the expansion to coincide with the Jan. 15 Globes ceremony, having sent the pic out in limited release on an Oscar-qualifying run Dec. 30. So far, the pic has tallied $7.8 million domestically.

“Iron Lady” should continue to play nicely through to the Oscars, with an added B.O. boost if Streep is nominated.

Nevertheless, the pic, directed by Phyllida Lloyd (“Mamma Mia!”), will be hard-pressed to duplicate the box office success of last year’s Weinstein-released biopic about British royalty. Oscar winner “The King’s Speech” cumed $138.8 million Stateside, and reviews for “Iron Lady” haven’t been as glowing as those for “Speech.”

Overseas, “Iron Lady” reached $19.5 million from a reported eight territories. In the U.K., the film has tallied north of $8 million, followed by Australia, which has contributed $6.7 million.

Beside the Commonwealth, “Iron Lady” is set to bow throughout February in Brazil (Feb. 3) and France (Feb. 15), looking to benefit from potential Oscar attention. Major Asian territories, such as South Korea and Japan, will get the pic between late February and early March.

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