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LES MISERABLES, DJANGO UNCHAINED Overperform: Box Office

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Les Misérables, Django Unchained overperform on Christmas Day Les Misérables, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, and starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne, opened strongly on Christmas Day in North America, far surpassing distributor Universal's (official) expectations. And Quentin Tarantino's violent Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Jamie Foxx, opened with better than expected figures – which is good news for The Weinstein Company, following recent box office disappointments / modest performers such as Paul Thomas Anderson / Joaquin Phoenix's The Master ($15.93 million as of Sunday) and, to a lesser extent, David O. Russell / Bradley Cooper / Jennifer Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook ($19.86 million as of Sunday). (Image: Hugh Jackman Les Misérables.) According to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com, Les Misérables scored around $18 million at 2,808 locations on Christmas, far above the $10+m predicted by Universal. (True, […]


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LES MISERABLES, DJANGO UNCHAINED Overperform: Box Office







THE KING'S SPEECH Censored PG-13 Version, Charlotte Brontë's Views on Censorship

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Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech The PG-13 version of Tom Hooper's The King's Speech opened this past weekend in North America, grossing only $1.13 million at 1,011 theaters while averaging a meager $1,121 per theater according to weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. The Weinstein Co. release stars Best Actor Oscar winner Colin Firth, who has voiced his strong disapproval of the censored version, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom. As mentioned yesterday on this site, last weekend the original The King's Speech took in $1.55 million at 1,062 theaters, averaging $1,467 per theater. In other words, the censored rerelease, in which King George VI's several "fuck" exclamations become "fuck" mouthings, failed to attract "families" and younger teens. The fact that something as ludicrous as the censoring of the word "fuck" in a motion picture is taking place in […]


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THE KING'S SPEECH Censored PG-13 Version, Charlotte Brontë's Views on Censorship







Colin Firth Oscar 2011 Interview Pt.2: THE KING'S SPEECH Censorship, Tom Hooper's Direction

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Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman Colin Firth Oscar 2011 Backstage Interview Part I Q. Why do you not support it? A. Because I think the film has its integrity as it stands. I think that scene belongs where it is. I think it serves a purpose. I'm not someone who is casual about that kind of language I don't relish. I take my children to see football games, soccer. And I wouldn't be able to, if I wanted to protect them from those kind of words at the expense of all else. I hate hearing that language around them, but I'm not going to deny them an experience of a live game. You know, it does distress me to, you know, to hear that language bawled in the ears of my kids. So I don't take that stuff lightly. But the context of this film could not […]


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Colin Firth Oscar 2011 Interview Pt.2: THE KING'S SPEECH Censorship, Tom Hooper's Direction










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