Oscar box office report: ‘The Revenant,’ ‘The Big Short’ weather storm; ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘Room’ expand well

With Winter Storm Jonas battering the East, "The Revenant" saw its takings tumble by half as it topped the weekend box office chart with just $16 million. Expanding by 152 locations to 3,711 (some of which were shuttered Saturday), this 12-time Oscar nominee had a per-screen average (PSA) of $4,300. Total takings for this epic Western from Fox are now up $119 million. Four of our 15 Oscar experts (journalists who cover this beat year-round) are predicting that it will win Best Picture. 

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Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" rose from third to second with $14 million despite dropping back to 3,365 locations (down by 457) for a PSA of $4,200. It contends in five below-the lines races at the Oscars. 

Another five-time Oscar nominee, Paramount's "The Big Short" won the PGA Award for Best Picture on Saturday. It was off by one-third this weekend and grossed $3.5 million at 1,351 locations (a reduction of 414 screens from the previous week). That was good enough for a per-screen-average of $2,600 and tenth place on the overall chart. Its seven-week gross is just under $57 million. 

Three-time contender "The Hateful Eight" lost almost half its screens and made $1.4 million at 1,277 locations for a per-screen-average of $1,100. This Weinstein Company release ranked twelfth on the overall box office chart and has made $51 million in five weeks. 

Six-time Oscar nominee "Spotlight" expanded by 45 screens to 1,030 and took in $1.4 million (down by 17% from last week) for a PSA of $1,400. That brings the cumulative take for this Open Road release to just over $33 million in 12 weeks. 

"Joy" also shed almost half its screens as it dropped down to 966 locations where it took in $1.1 million. This Fox 2000 heartwarmer has grossed $54 million in five weeks. Leading lady Jennifer Lawrence earned an Oscar nomination and won her third Golden Globe in four years following victories for "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and "American Hustle" (2013). 

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While Warner's "Creed" — the seventh film in the "Rocky" franchise — dipped by another 320 screens to 558, it still added another half a million for a total gross of just over $108 million in nine weeks. Expect it to get renewed attention after Sylvester Stallone's Golden Globes win and Oscar nomination. 

Among the limited releases, “Brooklyn" widened to 962 theaters from 687 nationwide in its twelfth week and made a whopping $1.7 million. With a PSA of $1,750 this weekend (and total gross of $28 million), Fox Searchlight is doing well with this three-time Oscar nominee. 

Four-time Oscar contender "Room" tripled its locations (from 293 to 884) and doubled its takings to $1.4 miilion. This A24 drama has made just under $8 million in 15 weeks. 

Paramount expanded Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animated feature "Anomalisa" from 37 to 143 screens in week four. This hot prospect for Best Animated Feature made $375,000 (PSA: $2,600).

"Carol" lost only 98 screens (down to 692) but saw takings drop by half to $600K in its tenth weekend. This Weinstein Company release reaped six Oscar nominations and has grossed just over $10 million.. 

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"The Revenant" (Fox); "The Big Short" (Paramount); "Brooklyn" (Fox Searchlight); "Room" (A24)

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