Box office report: ‘The Descendants’ tops $75 million

Three of the leading Oscar contenders — “The Artist, “The Descendants” and “Hugo” — took in almost the same if not more than last week on a per-screen basis. Others had slight upticks while the rest are almost at the end of their runs.  

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A Separation” (Sony Pictures Classics) – week 8
$335,021 in 54 theaters (+ 9); PSA: $6,204; Cumulative: $2,051,773
Although it added another 9 theaters, the PSA remained almost the same. 

Bottom line: This Foreign Language Oscar contender is on track to do better than last year’s winner “In a Better World.”

The Iron Lady” (The Weinstein Co.) – week 8
$1,034,000 in 623 theaters (+ 111); PSA: $1,660; Cumulative: $24,393,786
Adding 20% more screens led to an equal drop in the PSA .

Bottom line: That this British picture has appealed to American audiences is a testament to Meryl Streep

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The Artist” (The Weinstein Co.) – week 13
$2,325,000 in 808 theater (0); PSA: $2,877; Cumulative: $27,423,959
There was no change in screens and the smallest of drops in PSA.

Bottom line: By staying patient till the Oscars, this could widen well boosted by a Best Picture win.   

Hugo” (Paramount) – week 13
$1,625,000 in 588 theaters (- 144); PSA: $2,912; Cumulative: $66,711,124
While it lost 20% of its screens, the PSA rose 10%.  

Bottom line: Even with a Best Picture win looking less likely, there remains interest in this movie. 

The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight) – week 14
$2,925,000 in 1,243 theaters (- 338); PSA: $2,353; Cumulative: $75,007,770
Despite losing 20% of its theater, its PSA rose by 5%. 

Bottom line: This could well outgross George Clooney‘s 2009 Oscar vehicle “Up in the Air” ($83.8 million). 

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Albert Nobbs” (Roadside Attractions) – week 4
$191,350 in 119 theaters (- 32); PSA: $1,608; Cumulative – $2,355,914
Dropping 20% of its theaters and 10% of its PSA is not a good sign. 

Bottom line: Expect this to contract even further next weekend. 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (Warner Brothers) – week 9
$640,000 in 577 theaters (- 798); PSA: $1,109; Cumulative – $30,642,977
Losing 60% of its screens, the PSA rose slightly.  

Bottom line: Being able to tout the film as an Oscar contender wasn’t enough to keep interest in this hard sell. 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (Focus) – week 11
$475,922 in 184 theaters (- 48); PSA: $2,587; Cumulative: $22,678,959
While the film lost 20% of its screens, the PSA rose by 10% as Best Actor contender Gary Oldman made some TV appearances. 

Bottom line: This taut spy thriler should keep audience attention till Oscar weekend.

My Week with Marilyn” (The Weinstein Co.) – week 11
$179,000 in 120 theaters (- 5); PSA: $1,492; Cumulative: $13,624,117
Despite another drop in screens, the PSA stayed about the same as moviegoers turned out to see nominees Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh

Bottom line: Expect it to play to this level till Oscar weekend. 

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