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Why Weinstein Pushed Back ‘The Imitation Game’

Why Weinstein Pushed Back 'The Imitation Game'

First of all, there’s no big specialized competition on either November 21 or Thanksgiving weekend’s Friday November 28. They’d have gotten elevated review attention either way. They’re going Friday, not Wednesday; they’ve done it both ways, but both “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist” opened the same Friday.
 
There may be more competition for screens with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I” on the 21st, which will dominate its first two days. This way “Imitation Game” will compete with “Birdman”‘s wide opening.

The Brit biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing also won the narrative Audience Award from the Hamptons International Film Festival. (Here are eight reasons why it’s a Best Picture frontrunner to rival “The Theory of Everything.”)

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