May 30, 2017

Oscars: ‘The King’s Speech’ draws larger crowds post-nominations, says Fandango

By Sean O’Connell As expected, Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” enjoyed a temporary bump in ticket sales as the general public responded to the news that – with 12 Oscar nominations including Best Picture – the film was worth a look.

Fandango, the online ticket retailer, is reporting that “Speech” experienced a 76% increase in ticket sales since the Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning. To get he number, Fandango compared two comparable periods of its ticket sales for “The King’s Speech” — last Tuesday and Wednesday morning (January 18, 6:00 am PT through January 19, 12:00 noon PT ) with yesterday and today’s sales so far (January 25, 6:00 a.m. PT through January 26, 12 noon PT).

“The Academy Award nominations clearly gave the film a little Oscar bump,” says Fandango editor Chuck Walton. “On Tuesday, this little movie moved up to the top slot as Fandango’s top ticket-seller of the day, a nice feat considering that the film opened more than eight weeks ago.”

If the Weinstein Co. plays its cards right, those numbers will only increase as the film continues to gain awards momentum in the coming weeks.

“It continues to pack select theaters across the country, and shows no signs of slowing down,” Walton said. “The word of mouth is stellar, and it has received more “Must Go” user ratings on Fandango than any other film of the last few months.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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