Oscar nominations box office report: ‘The Revenant’ strong; ‘The Big Short’ steady, ‘Brooklyn’ & ‘Spotlight’ surge

"The Revenant" capitalized on its leading 12 Oscar nominations and three Golden Globe wins to rake in $33 million from 3,559 locations this weekend. That was down by only 18% from its first weekend in wide release and good enough for second place on the overall chart behind the laffer "Ride Along 2." It added 184 screens and had an impressive per-screen-average of $9,100. Total takings for this epic Western from Fox are now up $90 million. Seven of our 13 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" dropped from first to third, with $26 million at 3,822 locations (PSA: $7,000). It contends in five below-the lines races at the Oscars. 

Another five-time Oscar nominee, Paramount's "The Big Short," was off by just 16% and had a healthy haul of $5.2 million from 1,765 locations (a reduction of 764 screens from the previous week). That was good enough for a per-screen-average of $2,900 and eighth place on the overall chart. 

Three-time contender "The Hateful Eight" lost 553 screens and made $3.5 million at 2,385 locations for a per-screen-average of $1,500. This Weinstein Company release ranked tenth on the overall box office chart. 

"Joy" earned an Oscar nomination for leading lady Jennifer Lawrence, who just won her third Golden Globe in four years following victories for "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and "American Hustle" (2013). This Fox 2000 heartwarmer was 12th overall and took in $2.7 million for a to-date gross of $51 million. 

While Warner's "Creed" — the seventh film in the "Rocky" franchise — shed another 123 screens to 878, it still added another $1.1 million for a total gross of just over $107 million in eight weeks. Expect it to get renewed attention after Sylvester Stallone's Golden Globes win and Oscar nomination. 

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Among the limited releases, Paramount expanded Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animated feature "Anomalisa" from 17 to 37 screens in week three. This hot prospect for Best Animated Feature made $290,000 (PSA: $7,800).

"Carol" packed them in once again, with an impressive $1.3 million in its ninth weekend (up 1%) as it expanded from 525 to 790 locations. This Weinstein Company release reaped six Oscar nominations. 

“Brooklyn" made a whopping $1.7 million (up 57%) as it widened to 687 theaters from 294 nationwide in its eleventh week. With a PSA of $2,400 this weekend (and total gross of $25 million), Fox Searchlight is doing well with this three-time Oscar nominee. 

Six-time Oscar nominee "Spotlight" also got a box office boost as it expanded to 985 screens (up from 368) and took in $1.5 million (a 67% jump). That haul brings the cumulative take for this Open Road release to just over $30 million in 11 weeks. 

And four-time contender "Room" tripled its locations (from 88 to 293) and had a five-fold increase in takings to $700,000. This A24 drama has made just under $6 million in 14 weeks. 

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"The Revenant" (Fox); "The Big Short" (Paramount); "Brooklyn" (Fox Searchlight); "Spotlight" (Open Road)

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