The best holds going into the Oscar weekend in the Top 20 at the box office are, as expected, those films nominated for Best Picture. There are two things that traditionally happen at the box office right before the Academy Awards. First, all the nominated films still playing receive a bump the weekend before and of the Awards show. And secondly, overall, movie going for the older female demographic drops slightly on Sunday (around 15%). The result for all grosses is negligible, however.
Of the titles still playing in the top 20, 12 Years a Slave has far and above the best hold weekend to weekend, up 70% for Fox Searchlight. Kudos to Frank Rodriguez at FSL and all of these distribution executives who we have watched week to week deftly handling these pictures. Sony/Annapurna’s American Hustle held strong with a 6% increase (thanks to Jeff Blake and Rory Bruer) and Philomena was up 3% (Erik Lomis at TWC). All added theaters. Of those that shed theaters, Warner Bros.’ Gravity (Dan Fellman and Jeff Goldstein) and Paramount/Red Granite’s The Wolf of Wall Street (distrib head Don Harris) had only slight declines of 6% and 7%, respectively. Wolf had the best per screen average. Here are the estimates and their cumes going into Oscar weekend. Best to all of you and to Paramount Vantage’s Nebraska (+8%), Warner Bros.’ Her (up 8%), Sony’s Captain Phillips (-37%) and Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club (+45%). Of the pics playing still in the Top 20, their positions are listed:
11). American Hustle (SONY) 945 theaters (+42) / $1.8M 3-day estimate (+6%) / per screen average: $1,937 / Total cume: $146.6M
14). Philomena (TWC) 1,097 theaters (+93) / $1.2M 3-day (+3%) / per screen: $1,127 / Total cume: $34.6M
15). The Wolf of Wall Street (PAR) 505 theaters (-122) / $1.2M 3-day (-7%) / per screen: $2,403/ Total cume: $114.6M
18). 12 Years a Slave (FSL) 411 theaters (+62) / $888K 3-day (+70%) / per screen $2,161 / Total cume: $50.2M
19). Gravity (WB) 340 theaters (-8) / $795K 3-day (-6%) / per screen: $2,335 / Total cume: $270.4M
OTHER Best Picture nominees:
Nebraska (PAR/VAN) 289 theaters (+79) / $425K total 3-day (+8%) / per screen: $1,470 / Total cume: $17.1M
Her (WB) 250 theaters (0) / $440K 3-day (+8%) / per screen $1,820 / Total cume: $24.6M
Dallas Buyers Club (FOC) 216 theaters (+41) / $430K 3-day (+45%) / per screen: $1,992 / Total cume: $25.3M
Captain Phillips (SONY) 102 theaters (-87) / $40K 3-day (-37%) / per screen: $392 / Total cume: $107MFor more estimates listed by title, see box office results here...