One week after the Golden Globes, the big winners saw mixed results at the box office. Best Drama champ “The Descendants” did well in advance of doubling its screens next weekend while Best Comedy/Musical winner “The Artist” did decent business on three times as many screens as last weekend. With Oscar nominations out on Tuesday, expect next weekend to be make or break for many of the following films.
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (Warner Brothers) – week 5
$10,545,000 in 2,630 theaters (+ 2624); PSA: $4,010; Cumulative: $11,236,907
It did decent business in its first wide week and was grade A- by audiences.
Bottom line: Without any significant awards recognition, this remains a tough sell for WB.
“The Iron Lady” (The Weinstein Co.) – week 4
$3,707,000 in 1,076 theaters (+ 274); PSA: $3,445; Cumulative: $12,608,679
It just missed out on being in the top 10 in its second week of wide release. Its PSA was about half that of last week, due in part to adding more theaters and in part to competition from other adult fare such as new release “Red Tails” and the widening “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
Bottom line: Streep’s Golden Globe win gave this hard sell some easy publicity.
“Hugo” (Paramount) – week 9
$912,000 in 650 theaters (+ 105); PSA: $1,403; Cumulative: $55,861,782
This 3D charmer dropped below $1 million for the second week in a row, despite the surprising addition of 105 screens. Expect this is to get a box office boost from the Oscar nominations.
Bottom line: This Valentine to early cinema is likely to be loved by the Academy, giving the studio plenty to tout.
“We Need to Talk About Kevin” (Oscilloscope) – week 2
$77,000 in 7 theaters (+ 5); PSA: $11,000; Cumulative: $188.021
Second week expansion saw the PSA cut in half. However, it remains impressive enough, proving there is an audience for this gritty drama.
Bottom line: If Tilda Swinton lands an Oscar nom, Oscilloscope should do well as this well-received drama widens.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Sony) – week 5
$3,750,000 in 1,907 theaters (- 767); PSA: $1,966; Cumulative: $94,775,068
This film faced stiff competition from “Underworld Awakening” which opened at #1 with $25.4 million.
Bottom line: With an unexpected DGA bid for David Fincher, as well as PGA and WGA nods, the Oscar hopes for this dark thriller have brightened and it should easily top $100 million domestic.
“War Horse” (Buena Vista) – week 5
$3,003,000 in 2,525 theaters (- 331); PSA: $1,189; Cumulative: $72,137,678
This Steven Spielberg epic dropped another 50% despite losing only 10% of its theaters.
Bottom line: This film may be facing a loss of further screens just 24 hours before the Oscar nominations are unveiled.
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (Focus) – week 7
$1,830,564 in 730 theaters (- 156); PSA: $2,508; Cumulative: $18,396,161
This spy drama dropped another 30% this weekend.
Bottom line: With weakening word of mouth, “TTSS” will need Oscar nods to boost its box office.
“Young Adult” (Paramount) – week 7
$135,000 in 150 (- 237); PSA: $900; Cumulative: $16,072,235
This Jason Reitman dramedy shed 60% of its screens this week and may well be the lowest-grossing of his four features.
Bottom line: Without a Best Actress bid by Charlize Theron, this is likely to be gone from most theaters by the end of the month.
“Shame” (Fox Searchlight) – week 8
$240,000 in 95 theaters (+ 54); PSA: $2,526; Cumulative: $2,979,400
Among platform releases, this Michael Fassbender fllm gross grew by two-thirds as it almost doubled the number of screens.
Bottom line: An Oscar nod for Fassbender could bring in new audience to this NC-17 tough sell.
“The Artist” (The Weinstein Co.) – week 9
$2,369,000 in 662 theaters (+ 446); PSA: $3,579; Cumulative: $12,116,195
Hot off the Globes, this tripled its screens. The PSA remains among the best among the limited releases.
Bottom line: Oscar nominations should help this niche film find a wider audience.
“My Week with Marilyn” (The Weinstein Co.) – week 9
$318,000 in 225 theaters (- 175); PSA: $1,413; Cumulative: $12,057,357
Despite losing 40% of its screens, this biopic bounced back as star Michelle Williams won the Golden Globe and boosted the PSA by one third.
Bottom line: With Oscars bid for Williams and Branagh, expect this Simon Curtis film to feature in theaters for the coming weeks,
“The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight) – week 10
$2,450,000 in 660 (- 100); PSA $4,375; Cumulative: $51,337,360
With Golden Globes for Best Drama and star George Clooney, takings jumped 17% despite losing 100 theaters.
Bottom line: With the PSA average up 40%, Fox Searchlight should do well when it expands to as many as 1,500 screens following the Oscar nominations.
“A Separation” (Sony Classics) – week 4
$$183,000 in 13 theaters (+ 7); PSA: $14,077; Cumulative: $554,800
While this Golden Globe champ more than doubled the number of art houses it is playing in, the PSA went up by 5%.
Bottom line: With a likely bid in the foreign-language film race as well as perhaps an adapted screenplay nod, this Iranian film should do well in the weeks ahead.
“Pina” (IFC-Sundance Selects) – week 5
$120,000 in 10 theaters (+ 3); PSA: $12,000; Cumulative: $765,463
This Wim Wenders documentary added three theaters this weekend. While its PSA dropped by one-third, its gross was up by ten percent.
Bottom line: As Germany’s entry in the foreign-language film race and one of 15 documentaries on the shortlist, this could make Oscar history with bids in both categories.