Savvy film studios know that being in contention for some gold hardware in the form of Oscars is a great way to rake in the green. This weekend, two October titles — “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain Phillips” — are going back into wide release while “Gravity” will land back on IMAX screens at the end of the month.
“American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” are in the middle of their first-runs and both should score well this weekend. As our pal Gitesh Pandya from Box Office Guru tells us, “They both are big players in the top categories plus both are still standing strong in nationwide release in the Top 5. Now, a wider audience of curious moviegoers will give them a try.”
And, he notes that while “Lone Survivor” only scored two sound bids, “it’s the number one movie in America, has amazing audience buzz, and a holiday weekend coming up so it can capitalize too by touting the nods in its ads.”
Be sure to check out his in-depth breakdown of the box office takings for all the Oscar contenders, save for those in the three short categories.
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