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Behind the Candelabra Grosses Almost $3 Million in the UK

Liberace in 1974
Allan Warren

Behind the Candelabra, a movie directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh that pictures the stormy affair of gay entertainer Liberace with Scott Thorson, has racked up $2,734,492 at the British box office since going into theatrical lease in the United Kingdom on June 7th, 2013. The cumulative box office take, as reported by the website Box Office MoJo, is through the week of July 14th

In its first week of business, Behind the Candelabra sold $798,573 worth of tickets, following a week later with a box office take of $977,202. That was the high-water mark for the picture in Old Blighty, as it dipped 42% the follow week to $567,247.

The movie declined another 50% to $285,084 in the week ending June 30th, and then precipitously declined to $73,774 and $32,512 in box office takings in subsequent weeks.

Behind the Candelabra was not picked up for a theatrical release in the United States, debuting on the Home Box Office premium cable-TV network instead.

The show was a ratings hit, becoming the highest rated TV movie in a decade. It also received 15 Emmy nominations from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, including nods for stars Michael Douglas (Liberace) and Matt Damon (Scott Thorson) and director Steven Soderbergh.

The movie is slated for release in France in the fall.