'The King's Speech' ticket sales get serious boost with Oscar noms
What a difference 12 Oscar nominations make. Online movie-ticket seller Fandango.com reported Wednesday that "The King's Speech" is now the top-selling movie on its website. The film's ticket sales have risen 76% since the noms were announced Tuesday morning. (The company compared the last 24 hours with last week's Tuesday to Wednesday period.)
"The King's Speech" opened eight weeks ago in limited theaters and is now in more than 1,680 theaters with $59 million to its name. The Tom Hooper-directed film did earn an additional $1 million Tuesday after the nominations were announced.
"True Grit," which landed 10 nominations, earned an additional $766,000 for the day -- a 6% increase. The Coen brothers' release has already grossed $139 million since it opened wide at the end of December, so it doesn't have as much uptick left in its release. In contrast, "The Social Network" took in $43,000 Tuesday in the 385 theaters where it's still playing. The film's total domestic gross stands at $95 million.
-- Nicole Sperling
Photo: Colin Firth, Tom Hooper and Geoffrey Rush, from left. Credit: Matt Sayles/Associated Press