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2011-03-03 21:15
True Grit
Los Angeles - During Academy Awards weekend, the "Oscar Bump" proved to be a powerful force in the overseas movie marketplace as Black Swan, The King's Speech and True Grit took control of the box office chart.

Black Swan, for which Natalie Portman won best actress honours, topped the international chart for the second consecutive week with $16.4m in 41 territories and a worldwide total of $208.6m. The film has become a sensation with foreign audiences, steadily moving its way up the chart over the past several weeks.

Best picture winner The King's Speech held steady in second place with $16m in 39 territories and a global cumulative of $271.3m. The film won four Oscars, including Colin Firth for lead actor, and this could prompt a run for the top of the chart this coming weekend.

Gaining the most momentum overseas was True Grit, which did not win any Oscars but was nominated in 10 categories, including best picture. The Western remake moved up three spots for a third-place finish of $13.6m in 43 territories and a worldwide total of $217.6m.

Notably, the combined worldwide gross for Black Swan, The King's Speech and True Grit is a whopping $697.5m and reflects the global excitement generated

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