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The Weinstein Company
'The King's Speech (PG13)' (4/1)
Opening: $1,133,162 on 1,011 screens (per-screen: $1,121)
Surprise! Not all opening weekend catastrophes happened to bad movies. Released after 'The King's Speech' grossed $135 million and won Best Picture, this "family-friendly" version of the smash hit was supposed to make The Weinstein Company even more money. It didn't, but the re-release wasn't as bad an under-performer as the standalone numbers would indicate. After all, the R-rated cut of 'The King's Speech' (which earned that rating for one scene of jubilant cursing) only grossed $1.5 million during the weekend before this release, with a per-screen average of $1,467. By the time this new cut came out, 'The King's Speech' was already losing its populist voice.