The Weinstein Company is determined to make 'Nine' the next 'Chicago,' even if it kills them. And it just might.

The studio remains determined to keep the adaptation of the Broadway musical, which has generated a lot of awards buzz but little box office, on as many screens as possible. Reuters reported yesterday that the company plans to keep the film on 1,412 screens this weekend, the same number as last weekend, in the hope that word of mouth will spread. The gamble on 'Nine,' which cost a reported $64 million to make (and untold millions more in awards-season publicity and advertising) comes at a time when the studio's financial future is in doubt, as Harvey and Bob Weinstein scramble to put together new funding to stave off creditors, who await repayment of $500 million worth of studio debt.